India’s quest for a rare overseas series victory on English soil took shape on day three of the Edgbaston Test, as first R Ashwin and then Ishant Sharma made inroads into the England batting.


Ashwin, continuing from where he left off on Thursday evening, struck two early blows including the huge wicket of Joe Root, and then in a very fine spell of 6.4-0-21-3 before lunch, Ishant stunned the hosts further. Reeling from the non-stop attack fro Ishant, England slipped to 86/6 at the interval.

As soon as play resumed after lunch, Ishant grabbed a fourth wicket to make it three wickets in the over. Sam Curran, in his second Test, helped England get past 150 with a sparkling 63, and when he was last out the target for India was 194.

By stumps, India were 110/5 with 84 runs required with Virat Kohli 43 not out and Dinesh Karthik 18 not out.