At the end of second day’s play between India and England in the third Test at Mohali, hosts at stumps were 271 for the loss of six wickets. India needs 12 more runs to equalise with England’s first innings total of 283. When play was called off Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were the two unbeaten batsmen. Ashwin slammed his Test career’s ninth half-century and was batting on 57. Jadeja too remained unbeaten on 31 and shared a 67-run stand for the seventh wicket with Ashwin. You can watch the video highlights of India vs England 3rd Test day 2 here. Also Check- India vs England 3rd Test Full Scorecard Also Read - India vs England, Live Score, 4th Test at Motera, Day 2: Jack Leach Removes Cheteshwar Pujara on 17; IND Lose Their Second Wicket
England started the day on an overnight total of 268 for eight. The visitors then lost Adil Rashid (4) without adding anything to overnight score. Gareth Batty (1) and James Anderson (13*) could add only 15 runs for the last wicket before visitors were bowled for 283. Mohammad Shami scalped both the wickets and picked three wickets overall. Also Read - Watch India vs England Live Streaming Cricket 4th Test, Day 2: When And Where to Watch IND vs ENG Stream Live Cricket Match Online And on TV
Murali Vijay with his new opening partner Parthiv Patel then began India’s response on a watchful note. The pair, however, was separated when Vijay (12) fell to Ben Stokes. India then went into the lunch break with 60/1 on board. Also Check- India vs England 3rd Test Day 2- As it Happened Also Read - IPL: Shane Watson Opens up on Time at RCB And CSK, Claims Playing With Virat Kohli One of His Career Highlights
Rashid then struck after the lunch break to remove Patel (42). After being given not out, the visitors opted for DRS and got one in their favour. Captain Virat Kohli then joined Chetehwar Pujara and the duo steadied Indian innings.
At tea, the Pujara-Kohli stand took India to 148 for two. Pujara smashed his 11th Test fifty before the break. England then pulled things back at the start of the last session. Rashid removed Pujara (51) in the first over after the break with Chris Woakes taking a superb catch near deep mid-wicket. Few balls later, India were further dented when Ajinkya Rahane fell to Rashid for a duck.
Debutant Karun Nair then joined his captain in the middle, but it did not take England long to send him back to the hutch. Nair (4) was run-out as the home side was tottering at 156 for five.
Kohli then along with Ashwin put Indian innings back on the track with a 48-run partnership. The Indian skipper also reached his half-century. Stokes then provided his side with a vital breakthrough when he removed Kohli (62).
The England’s fightback was then overshadowed with Ashwin and Jadeja stitching a fine partnership. The duo made sure India maintain the control in this Test match as home side looks all set to gain a valuable first innings lead on day three.