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Denying any further success to England, Pujara and Kohli guided India to 2 for 148 at tea AFP

After dominating the proceedings in the first session, India continued to have the upper hand in the third Test at Mohali as they went to tea on Day Two with the score reading 2 for 148 in reply to England s 283. In-form batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli put on display all the virtues required to succeed in Test cricket as England toiled hard but failed to break their partnership. Pujara notched up another half-century in the series while Kohli is set to get to his personal milestone. The two of them are unbeaten on 51 and 40 respectively and have put India in the commanding position. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 3rd Test at Mohali.

India started the session with Parthiv and Pujara batting on 37 and 8 respectively. Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid started the proceedings for England. The visitors did not have to wait much for the first success as Parthiv fell to Rashid. He came a long way down to defend a Rashid delivery, which hit him on his pad. The original decision was not out but England decided to review it; quite a brave call that. We had already seen one such decision this series and the other in ongoing South Africa Australia series where Steven Smith was dismissed by Keshav Maharaj. Like those two calls, Parthiv too had to go as the ball was hitting stumps and his wicket meant a huge breakthrough for England. He scored 42 on his return; a good innings particularly considering he kept wickets for long.

Parthiv s dismissal brought Kohli in the middle. The Indian captain had had a brilliant series thus far, with his 49 not out being instrumental in India drawing the first game and his Man-of-the-Match effort in the second Test helping India go 1-0 up. Kohli started from where he had left in Visakhapatnam his favourite hunting ground. He got off the mark with an exquisite cover drive off Rashid s bowling.

His arrival soon compelled Alastair Cook to bring in James Anderson. With pace from both the ends, the contest became fascinating. Woakes had given Pujara a tough time in Rajkot, hitting his helmet consistently. Anderson, on the other hand, had an interesting duel with Kohli everytime he came on to bowl to him in the last Test.

This was the defining phase in the second session as the ball started doing a bit. Woakes and Anderson were swinging the ball both ways and the Kohli-Pujara pair did well to see through the phase. Both the batsmen were biding their time patiently; blocking the good ones and scoring off the freebies. Ben Stokes was introduced into the attack in place of Woakes and the skipper welcomed him with two back-to-back fours; his patience getting duly rewarded.

The England bowlers continued to test the duo with some tight spells. But both Kohli and Pujara did exceedingly well to stick around in the middle and get some runs too. They concentrated hard and simply avoided poking to the deliveries outside off; a deliberate ploy on England s part. There were odd bouncers thrown at them every now and then, but both Kohli and Pujara showed great temperament to deal with them.

They also had some luck going their way, as Pujara was dropped by Jonny Bairstow when he was on 35. Kohli also had a close shave earlier. England tried all they could to break this stand, barring one thing. In a strange move, off-spinner Gareth Batty was not given a go till the 47th over. And when he was finally introduced, both Kohli and Pujara were into their elements and played him quite easily.

They brought in their fifty-run stand in the meantime and continued to dominate the session. Pujara s 11th Test fifty soon followed. With two hundreds in this series already, he continued with his good form. Denying any success to England, these two batsmen guided India to 2 for 148 at tea.

Earlier, Indian bowlers did not take long to wrap things up on the second morning of the third Test at Mohali as England innings was folded up for 283. Mohammed Shami took the wickets of both the overnight batsmen Adil Rashid and Gareth Batty. While Rashid was caught behind the wickets, Batty was caught plumb in front of the wickets. James Anderson, who had a king pair in the last game, remained not out on 13. Shami finished with 3 wickets while Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh and Jayant Yadav took two each and Ravichandran Ashwin got one.

Brief scores:

England 283 (Jonny Bairstow 89, Jos Buttler 43; Mohammed Shami 3 for 63, Jayant Yadav 2 for 49, Ravindra Jadeja 2 for 59, Umesh Yadav 2 for 58) lead India 148 for 2 (Cheteshwar Pujara 51*, Parthiv Patel 42, Virat Kohli 40*; Ben Stokes 1 for 29, Adil Rashid 1 for 42) by 135 runs.

(A self-confessed cricket freak, Chinmay Jawalekar is a senior writer with CricketCountry. When not writing or following cricket, he loves to read, eat and sleep. He can be followed here @CricfreakTweets)