India Fights Back: 271/6

  • Kohli, Aswin play patient knocks

Mohali: Indian skipper Virat Kohli and ace spinner Ravinchandran Aswin continued to call the shots in the test series against England. But they were made to work hard before Aswin hit up another half- century helping the hosts reach a respectable score of 271/6 at stumps on the second day of the third cricket test here. India is just 12 runs behind the first innings total of England, 283. The visitors had added 15 runs to their overnight score of 268/8.

The highlight of the Indian innings is the stubborn 67-run stand for the seventh wicket between Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who has hit 31 runs from 59 balls. Aswin has scored his 9th half-century in Test cricket. His extremely useful innings was studded with eight fours off 81 balls. Skipper Kohli had to play very carefully against a very good bowling by the English team. He unusually took 127 balls to make a patient 62 runs which included nine fours. The war of attrition between Kohli and English bowler Stokes was a spectacle to watch. Kohli dominated Stokes in the early overs but the latter could tie the former down to the wicket gaining an upper hand. Kohli was ultimately out giving a catch to Jonny Bairstow  when he tried to hit a glide shot off a ball from Stokes. Aswin continued the battle after the dismissal of the captain. Cheteswar Pujara also made useful contribution with 51 runs off 104 balls. The debutant Karun Nair was out for just four runs.

In the morning pace bowler Shami with the first ball of the second over got Rashid (4) to nick a delivery that moved away. He then ended England’s innings by getting an in-cutter to trap Gareth Batty (1) leg before.

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