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India sniff victory in third Test at Mohali IANS

India will aim to wrap up the third Test against England at Mohali in the first session of the fourth day itself, having reduced the tourists to a paltry 78 for 4 in their second innings. India had taken a massive lead of 134 runs in the first innings on the third day, and their ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin wrecked havoc in the English ranks, snaffling three wickets including the priced scalp of Alastair Cook. The tourists are still behind by 56 runs and with Joe Root at the crease and Haseeb Hameed expected to bat at some point on Day Four, all does not look lost as yet. LIVE Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 3rd Test at Mohali

England suffered a batting collapse of sorts in the final session on the third day, which has almost shut the doors of their comeback in this Test. Trailing by 56 runs, they will have to bat long and with a lot of determination to keep India at bay. But, having lost their lower-order warriors in Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali, the chances of England saving this game are bleak. Hameed, who suffered an injury to his finger did not bat on Day Three, and he will be expected to support the others if at all he bats in this game. LIVE BLOG & UPDATES: India vs England, 3rd Test, Day 3 at Mohali

England still have some batting left in their ranks, with Hameed yet to bat and Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes to come lower in the order. But they have a mountain to climb, since they will have to first knock off 56 runs which India have in their kitty as a lead, and then add more to set a formidable target against India.

The third day belonged totally to India, who were bowled out for 417 in their first innings. At one stage in the second day, India were stuttering at 204 for 6, but their Nos. 7, 8 and 9 slammed half-centuries to set a new record and revived their position. Ravindra Jadeja top scored for India with 90 off 170 balls, which was studded with 10 boundaries and 1 six. He squandered a chance to make maiden Test ton when he went looking for a big six, but Jadeja’s innings drove home the advantage for India.

Jadeja was involved in two crucial partnerships. He added 97 runs with Ashwin, who was the second highest run-scorer in the Indian team with 72 runs. Following the dismissal of Ashwin early on Day Three, Jadeja teamed up with Jayant Yadav to take India ahead and added another 80 runs for the eighth wicket, which put England in further pressure.

Ashwin faced 113 balls and struck 11 boundaries to score a fluent 72. On the other hand, the right-handed Jayant, who made his Test debut in the second match at Visakhapatnam, faced as many as 141 balls to score 55 with 5 boundaries in his kitty.

Trailing by 134, England began their reply with Alastair Cook and Root. The English captain appeared far off from being usual self, surviving a few close leg-before appeals. He was eventually cleaned up by Ashwin for 49-ball 12. Moeen, coming in at No. 3 was the next man to be dismissed. Moeen mistimed a stroke off Ashwin and was caught at mid-on. Bairstow resisted for a while along with Root, but he was caught behind for 15 off Jayant, who dismissed him for the second time in the match. The last man in the day to be dismissed was Stokes, adjudged out leg-before off Ashwin in the last few minutes of the game.

India will feel they have the game in their firm control, since their spinners have already registered a psychological advantage by taking out some prolific English run-scorers for cheap in this innings. Root is determined to not repeat mistake of the first innings, but Indian spinners may prove to be too good for him and the rest of the batting to come.

(Devarchit Varma is a senior writer with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)