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  • 4:56 PM IST

    India will hope to wrap it up tomorrow in the second session latest. The fielding from both sides have been sloppy. The day was dominated by Indian spinners, with the bat as well as ball. You can read Chinmay Jawalekar’s day report and follow our Facebook and YouTube live sessions.

  • 4:34 PM IST

    That’s stumps on Day 3. Another dominating display from India. England still trail by 56 runs and an innings defeat is on the cards. While Joe Root has held the fort at one end, wickets have tumbled from the other. Another 6 wickets and it’s an Indian win. There is spin on the track but more than that, Indian spinners led by Ashwin have bowled brilliantly.

  • 4:30 PM IST

    That ball from Ashwin squared up Stokes. Umpire thinks it has clipped the edge. Kohli after a while goes for the review. And it turns out to be a good one. Kohli avenges Stokes and gives him a send off by pointing towards the dressing room with finger on his lips. You do not needle Kohli.

    OUT! Ben Stokes lbw b Ravichandran Ashwin 5 (19)
  • 4:26 PM IST

    After a long wait, Kohli takes a review and it’s three red in hawk-eye. And Kohli gives a SHHHHHHHH send off to Stokes. Brilliant!

  • 4:23 PM IST

    Jayant continues. It’s very good to see Ashwin constantly giving inputs to young Jayant. Ashwin and Jayant have similar skill sets and the former has constantly helped the youngster. Meanwhile, all is definitely not well between Kohli and Stokes. Kohli’s send off, Stokes reprimanded and then the ‘shhhh’ celebration. Kohli looks charged up and places an extra man in the close-in cordon for Stokes.

  • 4:19 PM IST

    The crowd turnout here at Mohali has been disappointing. Many are blaming demonetization but even in IPL, Kings XI Punjab have complained about dwindling interest. We need more of Indore. In the mean time, Jadeja completes another tight over. 1 from it.

  • 4:12 PM IST
    Parthiv dropped Bairstow twice in the first innings. He makes amends. Ben Stokes beautifully clips one on the leg side for a boundary. Coming back to Parthiv, practicing definitely helps. Here is Parthiv this morning.

  • 4:07 PM IST

    And Jayant gets Bairstow again. 2nd time in the match. The ball keeps low, Bairstow stays back and is beaten. The ball kisses the edge and Parthiv takes a sharp low catch. Very good catch. You don’t stay back to Indian spinners in these tracks. Bairstow pays the price. Ben Stokes walks out. He had a good day with a five-for.

    OUT! Jonny Bairstow c Parthiv Patel b Jayant Yadav 15 (34)
  • 4:04 PM IST
    There’s a double appeal. Shami angles one in and beats Root with the pace. It hits him on thigh and flies to slip. India decide against the review. Good decision. It was too high and there was no bat as well.
  • 4:01 PM IST
    It always helps the home team when the board backs you well. While Root is grinding it hard in the middle. Check out this tweet from my editor.

  • 3:58 PM IST
    Virat Kohli is impressed with Adil Rashid and always thought highly about him.

  • 3:53 PM IST

    LIVE – ENG 62/2 (29) | Joe Root 32 (74), Jonny Bairstow 13 (31); Trail by 71: Shami starts this over with a bouncer, follows it up with one outside leg-stump. Shami’s rise as India’s best pace bowler has been incredible. He missed over a year’s cricket after an injury last year. Good to see him come back strong. The third ball is on the target as Root defends. The idea will be to get the ball to reverse.

  • 3:49 PM IST

    A while back, Sourav Ganguly said in an interview that Jadeja should see himself more than a No.8. Dada is right. Jadeja and Suresh Raina almost average the same in First-Class cricket. Jadeja’s consistency with the bat can help India wear the No.1 crown for a longer time.

  • 3:41 PM IST

    Mohammed Shami had been brought into the attack. He starts with straying down the leg.

  • 3:27 PM IST

    A BOUNDARY from Root’s bat. Finally some runs for England. Very good shot off backfoot but you don’t stay that back to Ashwin. Kane Williamson had tried it and lost his stumps. He follows it with an attractive cover drive for 2. Is Ashwin setting up Root?

  • 3:19 PM IST
    LIVE – ENG 39/2 (19.5) | Joe Root 21 (50); Trail by 95: Ashwin and Jadeja have put a check in the scoring. Brilliant bowling from Indian spinner. Moeen Ali is living dangerously. Meanwhile, Virender Sehwag predicts England will be bowled out today.

    And gone! Moeen looks to chip one over mid-on and is caught. Poor shot from Moeen. Terrible application.

    OUT! Moeen Ali c Jayant Yadav b Ravichandran Ashwin 5 (20)
  • 3:10 PM IST
    Moeen Ali survives another over. Meanwhile, one man has had a brilliant year.

  • 3:03 PM IST

    For the first time in his career Moeen walks out at No.3. Not long back he was the No.8. Jadeja is getting enough purchase from the surface. The fifth ball spun and bounced sharply. Had there been a gully, Root would have walked back.

  • 3:00 PM IST
    Ashwin is good at bisecting cover and point. Here he finds the gap between bat and pad. Cook is bowled. Cook departs. Ashwin has taken him for the 7th time in Tests.

    OUT! Alastair Cook b Ravichandran Ashwin 12 (49)
  • 2:58 PM IST

    Cook is living dangerously. There was another close call. Umpire turns it down. India do not review. Ashwin is looking threatening. Oh and he has bowled him!

  • 2:53 PM IST
    Harsha makes a valid point and here’s what Alex Tudor has to say.

    Alex Tudor: That is the million dollar question right there…
    Harsha: “Why not Ballance, Alex? Obviously good player if picked on tour. Leader’s job to inspire confidence."
    Alex Tudor: “I hear what you are saying & your right as he is picked on the tour but in my opinion he should npt of gone in the 1st place."
  • 2:47 PM IST

    Plenty of drama at Mohali. Cook survives again. He was adjudged leg before to Ashwin. Cook reviews and survives. The ball pitched slightly outside the leg-stump. The wicket is turning.

  • 2:45 PM IST
    LIVE – ENG 22/0 (9) | Alastair Cook 9 (32), Joe Root 12 (22); Trail by 122: Long wait before we see the visuals. No idea, why? Even Kumar Dharmasena is getting impatient like Indian players.

    Finally after an eternity we see the hawk-eye and it’s missing. Cook survives. Jadeja would have bowled four overs in the mean time.
  • 2:40 PM IST

    A review here. Indians are confident that they got Alastair Cook. Umpire says ‘not out’. What the hell is going on? Why is there such a long wait? Still no visuals of the hawk-eye! Indians are not happy. So is Kumar Dharmasena, the third umpire.

  • 2:35 PM IST

    LIVE – ENG 19/0 (6) | Alastair Cook 7 (22), Joe Root 11 (19); Trail by 115: So spin from both ends. It’s Jadeja into the attack. It’s a good ploy from Kohli. The ball is expected reverse so will make sense to keep them fresh with the semi new ball. Jadeja and Root made their debut in the Nagpur Test of 2012. Root is happy to play a maiden.

  • 2:30 PM IST

    Lovely shot from Root. Drives it through point for a boundary, follows that with a short-arm jab for 2. Root is looking solid. Meanwhile, Ashwin looks forward to unsettle the new opening pair.

  • 2:21 PM IST
    Good ball from Shami. It skidded on to Root. England have two of their best batsmen out at the crease. Now beats Root again. Meanwhile, Cook has entered the list of top 10 run-getters in Test cricket. He has gone past the great Steve Waugh.

  • 2:18 PM IST

    According to reports, Hameed batted in the nets during the practice session and injured his finger. He will bat if needed.

  • 2:15 PM IST

    Cook has played a lovely square drive off Umesh for a boundary. First of the innings. Root has opened batting for Yorkshire and England, so this is not a new role for him.

  • 2:14 PM IST

    Live – England 0/0; Cook 0, Root 1; Trail by 133: Suprise! Root comes to open with Cook. Reports say that Hameed has a broken finger and might not come to bat today. This means, England’s best batsmen are at the crease, and India have a task in hand.

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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates’ post of the third day’s play, between India and England in the ongoing Test at Mohali. The third Test of the five-match series is being played at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali, and this is Suvajit Mustafi bringing you the live cricket scores and updates. It’s been an intriguing Test between the two teams, with both batting-heavy India and England faltering on a wicket which has been conducive for batting. In reply to England’s 283, India were 271 for 6 at stumps on the second day, trailing by 12 runs. LIVE Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 3rd Test at Mohali

India recovered from a batting collapse late in the second day, thanks to an unbeaten 67-run stand for the seventh wicket between Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Ashwin completed his ninth half-century in Test cricket, reaching 57 not out whereas Jadeja hit three boundaries and a towering six which helped him reach 31 not out when stumps were drawn. These two batsmen revived India from a precarious position of 204 for 6, when India captain Virat Kohli was caught behind for 62 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara was impressive as well, scoring 51 to make sure his form against England continued. ALSO READ: India vs England 3rd Test Day 2: Hosts’ collapse, Ashwin-Jadeja fightback and other highlights

Earlier in the second day, India were bowled out for mere 283. England had resumed the day’s play at 268 for 8, but Mohammed Shami bagged both the wickets early on in the day to keep the tourists under 300. India, in their reply, started off well with Parthiv Patel looking extremely positive when compared to Murali Vijay.

Vijay was dismissed for 12 when he edged one behind off Ben Stokes and walked back himself. Parthiv, on the other hand, went on to make 42 runs off 85 balls before being adjudged leg-before. Their dismissals brought Pujara and Kohli at the crease once again, and the two batsmen added 75 runs for the third wicket to provide a strong platform.

India suffered a batting collapse early in the final session. Pujara was the first to be dismissed, without adding a run to his total at the tea break. Ajinkya Rahane’s poor form continued as he was removed on the fifth ball without opening his account by Adil Rashid, who walked back with three wickets in his kitty. Debutant Karun Nair was unfortunate as he could muster only 4 runs before an error while running between the wickets from Kohli resulted in the former’s dismissal.

However, the day also belonged to Ashwin, who entered a few more record books. Ashwin became only the seventh cricketer in the history of cricket to take 50 wickets and score 500 runs in a calendar year. Ashwin also became only the second cricketer after Daniel Vettori to take five five-wicket hauls and score 500 runs in one year.


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.