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  • 9:31 AM IST

    The live blog of Day 3 is up and running. Click here.

  • 5:35 PM IST

    India continue to dominate the Test. Here’s is my colleague Chinmay’s day report. We will be back with the blog tomorrow.

  • 5:04 PM IST

    Earlier Partiv scored an attractive 42. Pujara and Kohli scored crucial fifties and when that happened, India looked in the driver’s seat. India will be batting fourth in this track and therefore they should eye a lead of at least a 100.

  • 5:02 PM IST

    STUMPS: End of the day’s play. England came back strong in the final session, claiming the wickets of Pujara, Rahane, Nair and Kohli, but once again with all chips down, it was Ashwin who rescued India to safety. Along with his spin-twin Jadeja, he added 67 for the 7th wicket as India are now 12 runs behing England’s 283.

  • 4:59 PM IST
    One ball to go for the day. Here is an interesting stat.

  • 4:57 PM IST
    Ashwin becomes second Indian to do register 500 runs and 50 wickets in a year after Kapil Dev, who did it twice in his career in 1979 and 1983. Overall, Ashwin becomes the seventh player to achieve this feat after Ian Botham (1978 and 1981), Kapil Dev (1979 and 1983), Shaun Pollock (1998 and 2001), Andrew Flintoff (2005), Daniel Vettori (2008) and Mitchell Johnson (2009).

    An asset!
  • 4:48 PM IST

    This is some class batting. Ashwin plays an exquisite cover-drive to bring up his 8th Test fifty. He follows that with an uppish straight drive. Anderson is at the receiving end. Sunlight is on Ashwin. Even the spotlight. In the previous over, Jadeja too had played a brilliant flick. India are inching close to the English total.

    Bat or ball, you can count on Ashwin.
  • 4:43 PM IST

    Cracking cut from Jadeja. Four runs and that’s the 50 partnership between Jadeja and Ashwin.

  • 4:33 PM IST

    Now Jadeja uses his feet to hoist Rashid over mid-on for a SIX! Whew! He had almost played the following ball back to Rashid. Not his won’t be the last over, the over rate from England has been slow.

  • 4:30 PM IST

    Last over of the day, Rashid to bowl and guess what? Jadeja, who has displayed good patience, smacks in the long-on region for a boundary. Follows it with a 2.

  • 4:25 PM IST

    There are no demons in the surface. Jadeja has displayed good patience and Ashwin is in middle of another very good innings. It’s that sort of a wicket where once a batsman is set, he should make it count. India are inching closer to England’s total. They should look to maximise the lead because batting fourth in subcontinent is quite a task. India won’t like to chase a lot.

  • 4:10 PM IST

    Half-volley from Moeen Ali and Ashwin plays a glorious drive through extra-cover for a boundary. If I have to choose one Indian batsman whom I will pay to watch, it will be Ashwin. He makes batting look so easy and I have my reasons. I am a huge VVS Laxman fan.

  • 4:00 PM IST

    Ashwin is in some discomfort. He isn’t looking 100 percent fit at the moment. He dived to save in bid to save himself from run out and further looks uncomfortable. However he is still scoring well. The Stokes delivery keeps low but Ashwin guides it fine for a boundary. He moves to 33.

  • 3:54 PM IST
    Coming back to the Kohli-Stokes rivalry. This tweet somehow captures the mood 😀 !

  • 3:53 PM IST

    It is time for Jadeja to show his mettle with the willow. He has a brilliant First-Class record, averaging 43. Three out of his 7 FC hundreds are triple tons. His partnership with his better half (in terms of spin bowling of course) Ashwin will be instrumental in getting India to a strong position. India trail by 72 runs and England are already sniffing a lead here.

  • 3:39 PM IST
    Mark Butcher sums up Stokes’ celebration

  • 3:37 PM IST

    Ben Stokes has been getting sharp movement. Outside off-stump, Kohli looks to glide it through thirdman, gets a faint edge to Bairstow. Stokes makes a point by celebrating with his palm on his mouth. He was reprimanded yesterday.

    OUT! Virat Kohli c Jonny Bairstow b Ben Stokes 62 (127)
  • 3:33 PM IST

    Ben Stokes dismisses Virat Kohli. It’s a big WICKET!

  • 3:24 PM IST

    Sehwag: India ne Batty to aisa toda jaise ki woh traffic rules todte hai.

    Gavaskar: Dusri baat, unka naam Batty hai toh woh bowling kyun karte hai?
    What insights!
  • 3:20 PM IST

    14th Test fifty for Virat Kohli. Might just be his 15th hundred as well. Yawwwn

    No, India needs the 15th ton. Meanwhile, Ashwin continues to produce the glorious strokes from nowhere. Beautiful stroke through midwicket this time. Kohli joins the act and plays one through fine-leg for a four.
  • 3:12 PM IST

    While wickets are tumbling at one end, Kohli opens the face of his bat to the slower one from Woakes for another boundary. He moves to 48.

  • 3:06 PM IST

    Before Karun Nair, his national coach Anil Kumble was the last Indian to get run out on Test debut. Meanwhile Kohli cuts Rashid through thirdman region for a boundary. His first runs since tea break.

  • 3:02 PM IST

    Shami: 3 wickets

    Jadeja: 2 wickets
    Umesh: 2 wickets
    Jayant: 2 wickets
    Ashwin: 1 wicket
    It’s time for Ashwin to shine with the bat. The ball is reversing and Woakes is getting sharp movement. But Ashwin has struck two brilliant boundaries. He always looks set from ball one. India will rely on this stand to bail them out now.
  • 2:52 PM IST

    Terrible! Now Nair departs. He is run out. England have made a superb comeback. Mix-up and good fielding from England sees the back of Nair.

    One bad shot, one good ball and one run out has changed the game’s course. That’s why we love Test cricket.

    OUT! Karun Nair run out (Jos Buttler) 4 (4)
  • 2:50 PM IST

    Two quick wickets post Tea has now altered the game’s course. Young Karun Nair averages close to 53 in First-Class cricket. But has he run himself out?

  • 2:48 PM IST
    Big moment for Karun Nair and he opens his account in Test cricket with a glorious cover drive.

  • 2:47 PM IST

    According to Hawk-Eye,the impact was ‘Umpire’s Call’, and the ball would have hit the stumps. Rahane’s woeful form continues. Rahane’s scores in this series : 13, 1, 23, 26 and 0

    OUT! Ajinkya Rahane lbw b Adil Rashid 0 (6)
  • 2:45 PM IST

    Rahane is caught plumb. Beaten by Rashid’s flight and googly. Looks out. Rahane has still reviewed. I guess India will regret this.

  • 2:37 PM IST
    Play resumes after tea and Pujara immediately departs. Pujara looks to dispatch the long-hop from Rashid. Woakes takes a brilliant catch, inches from the greens. Third umpire takes a look and is given out. Out of form Ajinkya Rahane comes out in the middle.

    OUT! Cheteshwar Pujara c Chris Woakes b Adil Rashid 51 (104)
  • 2:14 PM IST

    India 148/2 (51) | Cheteshwar Pujara 51 (102), Virat Kohli 40 (80): Kohli pulls Rashid through square leg for a boundary and now nicely flicks Batty for another four. It’s helped by poor bowling. Runs are coming too easily for India at the moment. Batty is going over 7 an over and India take tea at 148 for 2.

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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates’ post of the second day’s play between India and England, at Mohali on Sunday. This is Suvajit Mustafi, and I will be bringing you the live cricket scores and updates of the second day’s play. The Indian cricket team had a field day yesterday; restricting England to 268 for 8 after the tourists won the toss and elected to bat first. Three Indian bowlers claimed two wickets each, and despite spilling as many as four catches on the first day, the hosts were able to make a strong statement at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. LIVE Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 3rd Test at Mohali

Jonny Bairstow’s fighting knock of 89 was perhaps the only bright spot for England with the bat, as the wicketkeeper-batsman continued to take giant strides in international cricket. He faced 177 balls, and slammed 6 boundaries. He was involved in two crucial stands — one of 57 runs with Ben Stokes and another being 69-run sixth wicket stand with Jos Buttler — which helped England move past the 250-run mark. However, Bairstow’s innings was not fluent, as he was given two reprieves by Parthiv Patel behind the wickets on the opening day wherein Indian spilled four catches.

The day began with England winning the toss and deciding to bat first, with both the teams making string of changes. For England, Jos Buttler came in for Ben Duckett, Chris Woakes replaced Stuart Broad and Gareth Batty was called in for Zafar Ansari. The Indians, on the other hand, were without the services of KL Rahul who was injured and thus, Karun Nair got his Test debut after a very long wait.

England made a steady start, but lost their way in between. Alastair Cook fell for 42-ball 27, and before him Haseeb Hameed and Joe Root had already departed for 9 and 15 respectively. Moeen Ali was promoted to No. 4 by England, but the left-hander fell prey to a short ball, getting a top edge off Mohammed Shami and the fielder at deep fine leg taking a simple catch.

England were struggling at 92 for 4 at lunch. But Stokes and Bairstow revived them and the touring side ended at 205 for 5 at tea. In between, Stokes was stumped for 29 off Ravindra Jadeja, who claimed two wickets in the day. The final session was awkwardly slow, with England showing not much intent to score runs and towards the end of it, losing wickets in heap.

The pitch supported swing and seam movement with the new ball on the first day morning, and if India get rid of the English tail early into the second day, the role of James Anderson will become extremely critical. England will want their ace pacer to be at the top of the game once the occasion arrives.


India: Murali Vijay, Parthiv Patel (wk), Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav.

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