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  • 10:26 AM IST

    India continue to dominate the third Test and have bowled out England for 283. Follow the action on Day 2 Live Blog.

  • 4:34 PM IST

    India have dominated the proceedings on Day One of the Mohali Test. After the early drop catches, Indian bowlers came back strong. For me the bowler of the day was Umesh Yadav. Yes, I felt Bhuvi should have played ahead but Umesh justified his captain’s faith in him. He bowled a probing line and he shared a brilliant partnership with Mohammed Shami.

    I will be on the live blog tomorrow for Day 2. You can watch our Facebook and YouTube live session.

  • 4:30 PM IST

    This has been a fantastic spell from Umesh Yadav and Shami has been the perfect partner. It is heartening to see two Indian bowlers running in, bowling at good pace and bowling disciplined.

  • 4:27 PM IST
    ENG 266/8 (89) | Adil Rashid 2 (18): Woakes can bat and bat well. Plays a brilliant drive off front foot for a boundary. No movement for Umesh here. Fifth ball Umesh angles one in and gets it to swing away to go past Woakes’ bat. He cleans him up. Umesh is rewarded for his brilliant bowling.

    OUT! Chris Woakes b Umesh Yadav 25 (70)
  • 4:18 PM IST

    The new ball has been taken and it’s Umesh Yadav. After four decent balls, he strays one down the leg. Two from the over. If India can claim another wicket, England will be on the back foot. It would not be easy for the new batsman at the fag end of the day.

  • 4:04 PM IST

    Third Umpire Kumar Dharmasena asks for the ball tracker and it’s hitting the stumps. Jayant gets his second wicket and Parthiv can breathe a sigh of relief.

    OUT! Jonny Bairstow lbw b Jayant Yadav 89 (177)
  • 4:02 PM IST

    Dropped? Yes has. Parthiv Patel drops Bairstow again but Jayant Yadav dismisses him leg before the next ball. Bairstow has reviewed it.

  • 3:56 PM IST
    Here’s an unrelated stat alert. This is fabulous, isn’t it?

  • 3:52 PM IST

    India continue with the old ball and it’s Ashwin into the attack.

  • 3:49 PM IST

    ENG 241/7 (80) | Jonny Bairstow 81 (167); Chris Woakes 14 (44): Jayant Yadav to bowl the last over with the old ball. India in all likelihood will take the new ball. Bairstow has been brilliant with his sweep. Meanwhile, Jayant continues to get good turn so we can expect more spin as the game progresses.

  • 3:39 PM IST

    ENG 232/6 (77) | Jonny Bairstow 73 (158); Chris Woakes 13 (34): Bairstow has been impressive in this tour. Good to see how he has applied himself, curbed his natural instintcs and played the waiting game. He is the 8th England batsman to score 1,300 or more Test runs in a year. The record is held by Michael Vaughan, who has 1,481 runs and he got it in 2002 (year of Parthiv’s debut 🙂 ). By the end of this series Bairstow may overhaul Vaughan’s numbers.

  • 3:37 PM IST

    The ball tracker shows it’s missing wickets, so it is a good decision. Jadeja does not get his 3rd wicket and Woakes survives. The following ball, it slips off Jadeja’s palms and it’s called a no-ball.

  • 3:35 PM IST

    That’s close. Umpire does not give it out but India have reviewed it.

  • 3:22 PM IST

    Yawnnn! England’s scoring rate in this session makes me yawn. The run-rate this session has been 1.50!

  • 3:16 PM IST
    Some cheer for Jonny Bairstow from his Yorkshire mate!
  • 3:13 PM IST

    Shami gets one back to Woakes and there’s huge appeal. India do not review. This looked close. Parthiv isn’t convinced. It’s hitting the stumps but would have been umpire’s call. Still, India should have reviewed this as they will get back their two reviews after another 9 overs. Shami is getting the ball to move in nicely. These will be testing times for the English men.

  • 3:08 PM IST
    ENG 220/6 (71) | Jonny Bairstow 71 (146); Chris Woakes 5 (10): Woakes is one of my favourite all-rounders. His Test batting average is touching 33 and he picks wicket at 26.67. He has 9 First-Class hundreds to his name. However, he has not been really tested against quality spin though. Plays a nice drive to get 3.
  • 3:04 PM IST
    Meanwhile, this is a nice one.

  • 2:58 PM IST

    That’s the end of Buttler. Another soft dismissal. Buttler, who was looking dangerous, lobs one to Virat Kohli at extra cover. This is a big wicket. The comeback man departs. Jadeja take two. He benefits from bowling a tight line which made run-making very difficult.

    OUT! Jos Buttler c Virat Kohli b Ravindra Jadeja 43 (80)
  • 2:50 PM IST
    ENG 212/5 (67) | Jonny Bairstow 69 (139); Jos Buttler 42 (73): Kohli makes a fantastic stop. He is always involved in the game. Jadeja completes another over and this English pair continues to look good.
  • 2:47 PM IST
    I bet most of Indian fans are awaiting a comeback from him too. What a talent and how it faded away.

  • 2:45 PM IST
    Meanwhile BCCI President Anurag Thakur pays his tribute to 26/11 victims

  • 2:42 PM IST

    Three runs from three overs post tea. England have made a watchful start in the final session.

  • 2:33 PM IST

    The batsmen are out in the middle post the tea break. Here is the session report from Chinmay Jawalekar. It is Jadeja to start again.

  • 2:14 PM IST

    Players take tea at 205 for 5. The only wicket to fall this session was of Ben Stokes. He tried to be over aggressive and was dismissed stumped. All the five Indian bowlers have claimed a wicket apiece. Bairstow’s amazing run this year continues.

    His Test scores, this year: 150*, 30*, 45, 0, 14, 140, 48, 167*, 32, 29, 48, 58, 12, 83, 55, 81, 52, 47, 24, 3, 46, 53, 34* and 66* (now)
  • 2:09 PM IST

    It’s a 58-run partnership already. Buttler is looking dangerous. Smacks Jadeja through deep cover for another boundary. If England do not lose another wicket now, it will be their session. They have done well to recover at 203 for 5, after losing four early wickets.

  • 1:56 PM IST

    ENG 188/5 (58) | Jonny Bairstow 62 (115); Jos Buttler 25 (43): Umesh has bowled very well so far by using pace and reverse swing. He bowled an impressive delivery to Bairstow which missed the inside edge, pads, stumps and then Parthiv too failed to pouch it. Seems like luck is favouring Bairstow at the moment.

  • 1:40 PM IST

    ENG 166/5 (54) | Jonny Bairstow 58 (109); Jos Buttler 11 (25): Two boundaries from Buttler in Umesh Yadav’s over. Buttler started cautiously and is slowly settling himself at the crease.

  • 1:34 PM IST

    On this day, in 2011, India and West Indies drew the 3rd Test in Mumbai, only the 2nd time in history a Test was drawn with scores level.

  • 1:24 PM IST


Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of first day’s play of the third Test between India and England at Mohali. I am Suvajit Mustafi and I will be bringing you all the updates of the day’s play. Having drawn the first Test at Rajkot and coming back strong to win the second one at Visakhapatnam, Virat Kohli and his men will look to take unassailable lead in the series at Mohali; a venue where they have not lost since 1994. On the other hand, they shall also be wary of England; a side that has beaten them twice coming-from-behind in the recent times. LIVE Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 3rd Test at Mohali.

The series started on a good note for England, where they could almost sniff a win on the final day. However, the Indian captain denied them of a win after he stood tall; true to his name. Gaining confidence from that draw, Kohli hammered a hundred and a fifty in the second Test and helped India go 1-0 up. The scoreline does not suggest one thing though, that England have played better than the result suggests. They were able to apply pressure on India and sustain it for longer periods. There were key moments which they won but lost out on overall basis.

Ahead of the third Test, both the teams have a few things to address. England need to reassess their three-spinner theory. Zafar Ansari has been ineffective thus far. His injury may eventually rule him out of the Test, but his performance has not been good either to allow him a place in the XI. England could either go to Gareth Batty or go for three-pronged pace attack. Stuart Broad’s injury too would mean that Chris Woakes returns to the game. Also Ben Duckett is likely to be replaced by Jos Buttler. ALSO READ: Preview: Confident India look to extend lead.

India too have their worries. Barring Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, other batsmen have not stepped up thus far. They would want others to get amongst the runs too. Also it will be interesting to see whether they stick to the same strategy as far as bowling goes.

Traditionally the Mohali pitch has always assisted the pacers. However, this time around, the early reports suggest it is dry and wears a shaven look. It is thus expected to be slow and conducive for spin bowling. The weather is pleasantly cool with the winters arriving, which means the pitch will not change much. It may also support swing bowling early on, with a nip in the air.


India: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Parthiv Patel (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Karun Nair, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma.

England: Alastair Cook (c), Haseeb Hameed, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Steven Finn, James Anderson, Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Gareth Batty.

Match timings:

09:30 am local time | 04:00 am GMT