Ravichandran Ashwin has been excellent with both bat and ball in this match    AFP (File Photo)
Ravichandran Ashwin has been excellent with both bat and ball in this match AFP (File Photo)

India inch closer to a win as England go to lunch at 142 for 7 on Day Five of the second Test at Vishakapatnam, needing 263 more runs to win, with three wickets in hand. India started the day well as they managed to et rid of left-hander Ben Duckett for a 16-ball duck. Duckett never looked comfortable in the middle. He looked to sweep a ball, but the ball took the glove on its way to the wicketkeeper, giving Ravichandran his second wicket of the innings. Man in form Moeen Ali was the next man dismissed for just 2. Ravindra Jadeja this time getting rid of him. Inside edge on to the pads and it was an easy catch for Virat Kohli at leg slip. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 2nd Test at Visakhapatnam

Kohli however did not have it all easy this morning as he dropped a tough chance off Ashwin to give Joe Root a chance. Root was batting on just 9, when he clipped the ball through leg slip. Kohli got a hand to it, but failed to grab it. Root has ever since shown great grit and cried on. He has been beaten on many occasions by the spinners, but at the same has also put away the poor deliveries. Root was also adjudged caught behind, but he reviewed that decision immediately and the decision was overturned.

India were maintaining an excellent over-rate. They took the new ball immediately after 80 overs. Ashwin and Jadeja bowled a couple of overs, but then Mohammed Shami and Jayant Yadav were introduced into the attack for the very first time in the day. Jayant first removed the top-scorer from the first innings Ben Stokes with an absolute peach. Shami kept it thight at the other end and that paid off as Root was dismissed leg before for a 107-ball 25. LIVE Cricket Score, India vs England 2nd Test, Day 5 at Visakhapatnam

India kept the pressure on the batsmen, not giving away easy runs. Jonny Bairstow got a couple of quick boundaries at the end of the first session. He has looked positive and along with Zafar Ansari, will look to offer some resistance in the second session. Shami managed to remove Adil Rashid with 10 minutes to go for lunch with an excellent short delivery. India on the other hand will look to wrap up the match soon after the lunch break. England on the other hand, will look to extend this match as much as they can.

From 75 for no loss at one stage, India have managed to pull things back on the final day, to put themselves in pole position to win this match. Kohli made some smart bowling changes and has been rewarded with rewards. England just have Stuart Broad and James Anderson to follow after this and have their task cut out, if they are to save this match from here.

Earlier in the match, India has piled on 455 runs in the first innings, courtesy of superb centuries from Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara. Pujara had scored his third century in as many Tests, while Kohli continued his excellent form into this match as well. England in reply were bowled out for just 255, conceding a 200-run lead. Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets. England were excellent with the ball in the second innings. Stuart Broad and Adil Rashid picked up four wickets apiece to bundle India out for just 204, setting England a 405-run target. England openers Haseeb Hameed and Alastair Cook got England off to a good start, but they were dismissed at the end of Day Four, to hand India the initiative in this match.

England resumed Day Five on 87 for 2, still 318 runs away from a win. India on the other hand needed eight wickets at the start of the day. On Day One, India had won the toss and elected to bat first. India made a couple of changes going into this match. They got back KL Rahul in place of Gautam Gambhir. They also handed a debut to off-spinner Jayant Yadav in place of leg-spinner Amit Mishra. The five-match series is level at 0-0, with the first match at Rajkot finishing in a draw.

Brief scores:

India 455 (Cheteshwar Pujara 119, Virat Kohli 167; James Anderson 3 for 62, Moeen Ali 3 for 98) and 204 all-out ( Virat Kohli 81, Ajinkya Rahane 26; Stuart Broad 4 for 33) lead England 255 all-out (Joe Root 53, Ben Stokes 77 , Jonathan Bairstow 53; Ravichandran Ashwin 5 for 67) and 142 for 7 (Alastair Cook 54, Haseeb Hameed 25, Joe Rot 25; Mohammed Shami 2 for 22, Ravindra Jadeja 2 for 35) by 262 runs

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