Live Updates

  • 4:40 PM IST

    Live score: India 98/3; Kohli 56, Rahane 22 – Stumps! India lead 298 at end of Day 3. Kohli and co. will look to add at least 150 runs tomorrow morning before they declare. Here’s a detailed Match Report by Vishal Mehra: Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane weather Stuart Broad, James Anderson’s fiery spell

  • 4:29 PM IST

    Live score: India 92/3; Kohli 51, Rahane 21 – Another 50 for Kohli! And I am seriously bored of articulating his genius. He keeps performing time and again. In fact, along with the bowlers, he is testing my patience as well.

  • 3:56 PM IST

    Live score: India 68/3; Kohli 36, Rahane 13 – Ajinkya Rahane stuck two delightful boundaries off Anderson: square-cut and cover-drive. Captain and deputy are playing with positive intent…

  • 3:31 PM IST

    Live score: India 49/3; Kohli 28, Rahane 3 – Pujara and his same-old problem… Exposes the gap between bat and pads… Anderson makes ways through it to put India in further enigma… To make matters worse, barring the stunning hundred against New Zealand in the third Test, Pujara fails to churn out runs in the second innings… In comes Ajinkya Rahane… A litmus test for the Mumbaikar…

  • 3:21 PM IST

    Live score: India 40/2; Pujara 1, Kohli 21 – Kohli looks in good touch, like always. Has come with an intent to score runs at a brisk rate. 15 overs more to go. The visitors will look to get more wickets before the end of day’s play.

  • 3:02 PM IST

    Hawww! So mean!

  • 3:00 PM IST
    Live score: India 28/2; Pujara 0, Kohli 10 – It’s the Kohli-Pujara duo in the thick of things yet again, for Broad sends Pujara back to the pavilion. Tries to push a length ball, edging it to the keeper. India in trouble.
  • 2:49 PM IST

    Live score: India 16/1; Rahul 9, Pujara 0 – Vijay departs. Broad draws first blood. Jabs the ball in. Vijay inside-edges onto the pads, ricocheting it to Root at gully.

  • 2:41 PM IST

    Live score: India 16/0; Vijay 3, Rahul 9 – Rahul plays a lovely paddle-sweep right after tea. India are scoring at 2 RPO. Both batsmen have been watchful so far, for they know they need to lay a solid foundation for the middle order.

  • 2:14 PM IST

    Live score: India 8/0; Vijay 3, Rahul 1 – It would have been interesting to see had Kohli enforced follow-on. But as Aakash Chopra calls it, it has been become ‘follow-off’. It’s okay. Forget and forgive. Meanwhile, it is chai-biskoot time at Visakhapatnam. See you in a while.

  • 1:44 PM IST


  • 1:43 PM IST
    Here’s Vishal Mehra’s detailed innings report:

  • 1:40 PM IST

    Live score: England 255; Rashid 32* – Another day, another Ravichandran Ashwin show! Takes his 22nd five-for. Though there was nothing on offer for spinners, Ashwin still manages to shine and take bulk of the wickets. Meanwhile, India do not enforce follow-on. Lead by 200 runs.

  • 1:20 PM IST

  • 1:09 PM IST

    Live score: England 234/8; Rashid 24 – Jadeja finally gets his first scalp. Now all 5 bowlers have at least a wicket to their name. England need 21 to avoid follow-on. In comes Stuart Broad.

    OUT! Zafar Ansari lbw Ravindra Jadeja 24(54)

  • 12:53 PM IST

    Live score: England 225/7; Rashid 19 – Kohli’s go-to man takes a wicket. Ashwin takes a wicket. Traps Stokes in front for 70. And with that, Ashwin takes his 50th wicket this year. England need 30 runs to avoid follow-on.

  • 12:48 PM IST

    Live score: England 225/6; Stokes 70, Rashid 19 – This is rampage. Stokes and Rashid are dealing in boundaries. The track… The track is boring… I do not like run-fests anymore. Imagine if Cook and Root were at the crease…

  • 12:31 PM IST

    Live score: England 210/6; Stokes 61, Rashid 13 – Stokes looks ominous in this innings as well. But Rashid at the other end stuck three lovely boundaries off Umesh Yadav’s over: flick, square-drive and cover-drive. England in control!

  • 12:21 PM IST

    “Time flies flys”, says Ian Bell, an Englishman.

  • 11:34 AM IST

    Live score: England 191/6; Stokes 55, Adil Rashid 1 – Lunch time! The session belongs to England, as Bairstow and Stokes added 110 runs for the 6th wicket to steady England’s sinking ship. England now trail by 264 runs.

  • 11:22 AM IST

    Live score: England 190/6; Stokes 55 – Yorkers may go out of fashion but it is the most lethal delivery. Yadav knocks over Bairstow with an absolute jaffa. Reads his footwork well and fires right in the block hole to give India the much-needed breakthrough.

  • 11:06 AM IST

    Live score: England 187/5; Stokes 54, Bairstow 51 – The Englishmen fight back. Stokes and Bairstow score a half-century each. The pitch, today, did not assistance to the spinners. Meanwhile, Kohli brings Umesh back into the attack.

  • 10:52 AM IST

    Live score: England 175/5; Stokes 49, Bairstow 44 – Aakash Chopra talks about strike rates. Jadeja completes an over in 30 seconds. Laxman continues speaking Hindi that makes me smile. And the word ‘behtareen’ is being used more often than it should not be.

  • 10:35 AM IST

    Live score: England 158/5; Stokes 39, Bairstow 37 – Saturday is the only time I used to stay in the present: eat, sleep, eat more, repeat. And now that I am cricket journalist, I no longer have the privilege to laze around. But don’t you worry, I will give my best to fake excitement and give you interesting updates. See 😀

  • 10:18 AM IST

    Live score: England 138/5; Stokes 28, Bairstow 30 – Shami comes into attack, and let’s us hope we witness flying stumps yet again.

  • 10:06 AM IST

    Faf, are you reading this? B-)

  • 10:01 AM IST

    Live score: England 133/5; Stokes 27, Bairstow 28 – Just a boundary so far. Bairstow and Stokes are heading for a steady partnership here. And that’s 50 runs between these batsmen.

  • 9:51 AM IST

    Aakash Chopra to Kapil Paaji “Chalo chalte hai Chittagong.”

    Our colleague Paulami here is huge fan of Bangladesh. She got excited hearing this 😀

  • 9:40 AM IST

    Live score: England 113/5; Stokes 16, Bairstow 17 – Ashwin comes into attack and the referrals begin. Aaannddd, that’s not out. Ashwin was eager to take review, Kohli is wondering to go ahead. Saha’s late reaction comes in for the review. aww moment for Jadeja as he was not given referral by Ashwin when he was declared out. *sigh*

  • 9:38 AM IST

    Live score: England 106/5; Stokes 15, Bairstow 12 – Bairstow on strike. He is still sprinting. Umesh Yadav begins with full length delivery. Aaand dot to end the over.


Hello and Welcome to CricketCounry’s coverage of third day’s play of the second Test between India and England at Vishakapatnam. I am Kaustubh Mayekar and I will be bringing you all the updates of the day’s play. England started their innings on a rather shaky note trailing by 352 runs at the end of the second day. After bundling out India for 455, England were stuttering at 103 for 5 with Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami and Jayant Yadav sharing the wickets. India were already on the driver’s seat with Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara’s centuries. Ashwin tagged along and added yet another half-century to take hosts to a better position by Tea. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 2nd Test at Vizag

India started their attack with Shami and he was spot as he shattered England captain Alastair Cook’s stumps to halves with his sharp delivery. He cleaned up Cook for 2 in the third over of the innings. England were then 4 for 1. Haseeb Hameed who impressed many with his sensational debut, was rather found anxious against Indian bowlers and managed to put up 47 runs with England’s run-machine Joe Root. A mix-up from Root’s end lead to his early dismissal and was gone for 13. Root, however, continued his brilliance and put up fifty on his 50th Test.

Off-spinner Ashwin soon took charge to get Ben Duckett clean bowled for five and then got the big wicket of Root, who recorded his 24th Test half-century. Root tried to counter the Indian spin attack during his 98-ball stay laced with six boundaries, but ran out of patience after giving away a catch to long-off. Debutant off-spinner Jayant  joined his senior partner from the other end to get his first Test wicket after trapping Moeen Ali lbw for one as England slipped to 80-5.Stokes and Bairstow then played cautiously to see off the rest of the day’s play with a 23-run unbeaten stand.

Earlier, Ashwin’s fighting 58 came after off-spinner Ali checked the Indian charge with three wickets in the morning session, including Kohli, who added just 16 runs to his overnight 151. Ashwin put on 64 runs for the eighth wicket with Jayant, who scored 35, guiding India to a respectable first innings score on a pitch that is expected to offer turn as the match progresses. ALSO READ: Day 3, preview: Spinners expected to rule the roast

As for the Indian innings, the major highlight was the 226-run stand for the third wicket which was first of the kind after 1996 against England. India had lost early wickets with their opening batsmen failing to go all guns blazing. KL Rahul, who was called back to side after his injury, was gone for a duck. He had scored 76 and 106 in the domestic cricket recently and was hopeful to make this opportunity count. Gautam Gambhir was benched out for this Test. Jayant made his debut and ensured his name was marked replacing Amit Mishra for the Vizag Test. Many were surprised as this was the same venue Mishra secured fifer against New Zealand in the ODI series.

England followed the rotational policy as mentioned by Cook during the toss and decided to call Anderson early to the side, benching their potential all-rounder Chris Woakes. India had won the toss and elected to bat first.