R Ashwin’s 22nd five-wicket haul gave India the cushion of a 200-run lead. Virat Kohli extended the advantage by scoring his 13th fifty to take India’s lead to 298. England have an enormous task on their hand in the next two days. Relive all highlights of day 3 between India vs England here. (SCORECARD | NEWS)
16:42 hrs IST: R Ashwin speaking after the end of the day, says, “Hadn’t had a five-wicket haul against England, but it was not at the top of my mind. I knew I would get it if I stuck to what I do right. The challenges are actually a hassle for the batsmen.”
16:33 hrs IST: That will be stumps on day 3 and India have continued their domination. R Ashwin and Virat Kohli were the stars and they have ensured that India will be in the driver’s seat for the rest of this Test match.
16:26 hrs IST: Great stuff from Kohli, he slaps a full ball to deep cover to bring up his 13th fifty. He is finally giving payback to England.
16:22 hrs IST: Stokes maintains a short ball barrage and both Kohli and Rahane are troubled by a bit of sluggish bounce from the pitch. However, both survive.
16:14 hrs IST: The plan for India will be to go past 300 by stumps, score some quick runs and extend the lead past 400 or preferably 450 and then give themselves four-five sessions to bowl England out.
16:08 hrs IST: Kohli is nearing a fifty while the partnership is closing in on 50. Smooth progress after three quick wickets.Catch all live scores here
16:01 hrs IST: Only eight overs remain in the day but England will bowl a lot more overs. Can India push the lead close to 300?
15:54 hrs IST: With the pitch keeping low, scoring is becoming even harder. England will be confronting their worst nightmare on days four and five, if it lasts that long.
15:45 hrs IST: Rahane survives some shooters, some wonderful probing lines and lengths, but he manages to get Anderson away for a boundary.Catch all live scores here
15:42 hrs IST: The pitch is not aiding bounce anymore. In the last couple of overs, some deliveries have shot through low.
15:39 hrs IST: Edged but safe! Rashid gets this legbreak to grip and spin away, Rahane gets a thick edge but it ricochets off Bairstow’s pad to the ground, tough chance but Rahane’s struggles continue.
15:30 hrs IST: Stokes is leaking runs as India continue to build on their lead. Kohli is the key here .Catch all live scores here
15:26 hrs IST: While wickets are tumbling at the other end, Kohli continues to be in his zenith as he whips a full ball outside off past mid on for a boundary, those wrists are indeed majestic.
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15:22 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant from Anderson and India are in a bit of trouble. Pujara is shell-shocked as he walks back.
Full ball and it swings back in late, the ball sneaks through the gap between bat and pad to peg back the middle stump, vintage Anderson and that is why he is such a special bowler. Cheteshwar Pujara b James Anderson 1, India 40/3 vs England
15:17 hrs IST: Kohli is scoring at a rapid rate as India’s lead comes closer to 250.Catch all live scores here
15:08 hrs IST: Kohli has gotten off to a rapid start. Broad is trying his best to contain the flow of runs.
14:59 hrs IST: Kohli is up and running immediately with a boundary off Broad. In fact, he breaks the bowler’s maiden spree.
14:52 hrs IST: WICKET! Broad strikes again! Again he gets wicket thanks to a review. Umpire Tucker is not having a good time .Catch all live scores here
Good length ball in the channel outside off, Rahul feels for it and the ball goes through to the keeper, umpire Tucker does not give it but Haseeb Hameed at short leg tells Cook that he heard a noice, England take the review and replays show a spike on Real Time Snicko, Rahul falls and this Test has proven to a failure for him on comeback.
KL Rahul c Bairstow b Broad 10, India 17/2, lead by 217 vs England
14:51 hrs IST: Stuart Broad’s current figures are 4-4-0-1. Not bad for a bowler who is suffering from a potentially series-ending foot injury.
14:43 hrs IST: WICKET! Stuart Broad strikes and England have a breakthrough. Good catch by Joe Root.
This good length delivery nips back in and Vijay looks to defend with bat and pad close, he gets a thick inside edge that lobs up and Joe Root runs in from second slip to dive forward and take the catch, the umpire does not give it out and England opt for the review, replays show a clear inside edge.
Murali Vijay c Joe Root b Stuart Broad 3 (25)
14:40 hrs IST: KL Rahul finally gets going in this Vizag Test as he square cuts Adil Rashid to the deep point fence. That has made the school children at the ground very happy. He follows it up with a delicate paddle sweep off the last ball.
14:32 hrs IST: Welcome back for the final session. India will be aiming t just build a platform and extend their advantage. They have time and they have wickets in hand. Ideal situation .Catch all live scores here
14:18 hrs IST: R Ashwin has gone past 50 wickets in 2016. He has also joined an elite company. Read his achievement here
14:14 hrs IST: India head to Tea at 8/0, a lead of 208 runs. A long session of toil awaits England.
14:06 hrs IST: KL Rahul avoids the pair. Just a few more minutes left for Tea.Catch all live scores here
13:57 hrs IST: Broad opens the bowling with Anderson but he is not bowling at full tilt. Maybe that right foot injury is playing on his mind. Big blow this for England if this is a serious injury.
13:50 hrs IST: India are back for the second innings and James Anderson struggles with his radar as he concedes four leg byes.
13:41 hrs IST: WICKET! Ashwin will be on a hat-trick in the second innings. 22nd five-wicket haul for this spinner who is fast emerging as one of the best in the business.
Another straight ball on the stumps and James Anderson plays down the wrong line, gets trapped in front.
James Anderson LBW Ashwin 0 (1), England 255 all out. .Catch all live scores here
13:35 hrs IST: WICKET! LBW! Umpire Dharmasena has taken a long time to give this out.
The straighter delivery from Ashwin which just goes on, Broad goes on the backfoot and looks to whip it to square leg, gets hit on the pad and Ashwin appeals, umpire Dharmasena gives it out, that ball looked like it was missing leg stump but there are no reviews remaining. Replays in: Ball was hitting leg stump, so a good decision
Stuart Broad LBW Ashwin 13, England 255/9 vs India
13:28 hrs IST: Ashwin almost gets the wicket. Rashid plays down the wrong line to the straighter delivery and misses it, big drift generated by Ashwin.
13:24 hrs IST: Missed run-out! Broad knocks a flighted delivery to the off side and looks for a couple, Rashid sends him back and Jadeja runs in to fire a rocket throw at the bowler’s end, he misses, Broad was a goner if that had hit .Catch all live scores here
13:23 hrs IST: The 250 is up for England as Broad creams a flighted delivery from Jayant Yadav to the wide long-off fence. England on course to avoid the follow-on.
13:20 hrs IST: England come closer to avoiding the follow-on as Rashid steers the late cut past slip and to the third man fence. This has been a solid knock from Rashid and England will need a little bit more.
13:18 hrs IST: Inside edged but safe! Jayant Yadav gets this delivery to lift up sharply and Stuart Broad lunges forward, the inside edge goes past KL Rahul at short leg, Kohli and Jayant cannot believe it.
13:09 hrs IST: WICKET! England lose Ansari and Jadeja gets into the wickets column .Catch all live scores here
Flatter delivery and it spins back in on the middle and off line, Ansari plays inside the line of the delivery and gets hit on the pad, the umpire gives it out and Ansari reviews, no bat involved and the ball is crashing into middle stump.
Zafar Ansari LBW Ravindra Jadeja 4 (9), England 234/8, trail by 221 runs vs India
13:03 hrs IST: Only four runs have come in the last four overs. England’s scoring rate has dipped since Stokes’ departure.
12:56 hrs IST: Action on the last ball as well. Ansari looks to drive but he finds silly point and they appeal for a catch. Third umpire is being called into play but replays show that the ball clearly bounced.
12:53 hrs IST: WICKET! LBW! Ashwin gets Stokes for 70 .Catch all live scores here
This delivery drifts in and skids on, Stokes gets the bat close to the pad, the ball lobs off the pad to short leg and Ashwin appeals, umpire Dharmasena gives it out and Stokes reviews, replays show that there seemed to be an inside edge onto the pad, but the bat is also touching the pad, initially, it was believed that it was an appeal for a catch, however, it is an appeal for an LBW and on review, it is hitting leg stump. England are not amused. Umpire Dharmasena continues to have nightmares.
Ben Stokes LBW Ashwin 70, England 225/7, trail by 230.
12:47 hrs IST: Stokes continues to fight on. He unfurls the sweep against Jadeja and moves into the 70s. England will need this pair to help them avoid the follow-on as there are some fitness concerns regarding Stuart Broad and Zafar Ansari .Catch all live scores here
12:43 hrs IST: Ashwin from the other end. Kohli has decided to revert back to spin.
12:42 hrs IST: Jadeja bowls with the second new ball and he almost strikes. In the last ball of the 88th over, Jadeja gets this delivery to straighten outside off and Rashid shoulders arms, the ball just misses the off stump. Another coat of varnish and he might have been bowled.
12:35 hrs IST: Umesh is not finding the line or the length with the second new ball. These quick runs from Rashid are extremely vital for England. Kohli is spreading the field. However, Stokes joins in by punishing a short ball from Umesh to the deep mid wicket fence. In two overs with the new ball, he has leaked 23 runs .Catch all live scores here
12:31 hrs IST: Missed out on all the action in the Christchurch Test between New Zealand and Pakistan? A hint: Not good news for Pakistan.
12:28 hrs IST: The new ball might be a weapon but it can also leak runs. Adil Rashid gets going with three boundaries off Umesh Yadav as England chip away. The length is a bit too awry from Umesh.
12:26 hrs IST: In the past, England have had to rely on their tail to bail them out of difficult situations. Looks like this is another one of those instances.
12:21 hrs IST: India have finally taken the second new ball. It looks like Kohli is relying on pace to get the wickets.
12:16 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav, who got the key wicket of Bairstow just before lunch, will start from the other end .Catch all live scores here
12:10 hrs IST: Welcome back for the second session. India have decided to open with pace with the old ball. Mohammed Shami will start proceedings.
11:31 hrs IST: That will be lunch and England have dominated. However, they would have loved if Jonny Bairstow had hung in there for a bit longer. The 110-run stand between him and Ben Stokes has ensured England are not totally out of the game. India will have renewed momentum after the lunch break, with the second new ball now available.
11:23 hrs IST: WICKET! Finally, the partnership is broken. Excellent ball from Umesh, gets this full delivery to tail back in, Bairstow looks to work it to mid wicket but gets beaten by the pace, the ball hits the pad and uproots the leg stump. Catch all live scores here
Jonny Bairstow b Umesh Yadav 53, England 190/6 vs India.
11:14 hrs IST: Play has ended on the third day of the Christchurch Test, with Pakistan 129/7. The lead is only 62 and New Zealand have a chance to break their jinx.
11:12 hrs IST: Kohli is rotating the bowlers around as he aims to break this partnership. England will be hoping to first avoid the follow-on and ensure they get close enough to India’s total.
11:06 hrs IST: Jonny Bairstow joins in the fun as he notches up his 12th fifty and first against India. The partnership has also gone past 100 runs. England are reaching a good position here but these two need to carry on. England 187/5, trail by 268 runs.Catch all live scores here
10:58 hrs IST: Stokes brings up his eighth Test fifty and his first against India. It has been a wonderful knock.
10:51 hrs IST: Jayant drops it slightly short outside off and Stokes creams it through the gap at cover. He comes closer to his fifty and the partnership is nearing 100.
10:46 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Jayant floats a tossed up delivery on off stump and it dips late, Bairstow presses forward and clips it to short mid wicket, Virat Kohli dives to his left but the ball just lands in front of him. In the previous ball, Bairstow had connected with the sweep and it went to the deep square leg boundary on the bounce. Catch all live scores here
10:45 hrs IST: Jayant Yadav is into the attack now. He troubled the England batsmen yesterday with spin and bounce. Can he get India the breakthrough?
10:43 hrs IST: Jadeja errs in his length and Stokes capitalises. Short delivery outside off, the left-hander rocks back and cracks the cut shot to the sweeper cover boundary. England 166/5, trailing by 289 runs vs India (455).
10:39 hrs IST: Ashwin continuing from the other end. A slip in place. India search for a breakthrough
10:36 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja on after the break. Maybe, Kohli might get Jayant Yadav to bowl at the end where Ashwin is bowling. Although, on day 2, Jayant was getting more purchase from the end where Jadeja is currently operating. Catch all live scores here
10:34 hrs IST: Over in Christchurch, Pakistan are sinking fast. Trent Boult has knocked over Sarfraz Ahmed and Pakistan are 98/6, a lead of just 31.
10:32 hrs IST: Time for drinks and the first hour has belonged totally to England. Bairstow and Stokes have strung a magnificent partnership and they have tackled the conditions wonderfully. England will be praying that these two carry on for as long as possible.
10:30 hrs IST: Bairstow now plays Ashwin well off the back foot. Flatter delivery outside off, the right-hander hangs back and glides it past Ajinkya Rahane at first slip for a boundary. Both batsmen have got their eye in now.
10:27 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Stokes continues to tackle Ashwin brilliantly. He picks the length up brilliantly and drills it down the ground for his fifth boundary. All boundaries in his knock have come off Ashwin. Catch all live scores here
10:26 hrs IST: India are making mistakes even in the field now. In Mohammed Shami’s previous over, Jadeja fired a throw at the bowler’s end but the mid on fielder backing up could not get to it and five runs is the result. Virat Kohli is frustrated.
10:22 hrs IST: Over in Christchurch, Pakistan have taken the lead but they have lost their skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali as they are 93/5, only leading by 26 runs in the second innings.
10:20 hrs IST: Shami is generating a bit of away reverse swing but both batsmen are watching the ball carefully and playing predominantly on length, a tactic that can reap success but also prove to be a downfall.
10:17 hrs IST: England continue to bat steadily, with Stokes showing admirable composure. Bairstow, on the other hand, is settling in nicely. Catch all live scores here
10:10 hrs IST: Mohammed Shami is into the attack. He is generating pace in excess of 90 mph. Remember, he bowled the ball of the series that has set up this situation for India.
10:05 hrs IST: Partnership between Stokes and Bairstow is worth 55. They will need a lot more if they are to get England to safety.
10:04 hrs IST: Just past the outside edge! Umesh gets this delivery to straighten outside off and Bairstow has a feel for the ball, it just misses the outside edge. Catch all live scores here
10:00 hrs IST: Another boundary for Stokes. He is really playing Ashwin well on the third day. Too full from the offspinner and it is on leg stump, Stokes unfurls the sweep and bashes it to the fine leg fence.
09:55 hrs IST: In Ashwin’s over, there was a missed stumping opportunity! Flighted delivery from Ashwin and Stokes is lured out of the crease to drive, Wriddhiman Saha fails to collect it cleanly and it allows Stokes to get his back foot back in the crease. Not a good beginning for India on day 3.
09:53 hrs IST: Stifled appeal from Ashwin as Stokes shoulders arms to a ball that goes on straight outside off, the ball hits the front pad but the impact was outside off. Catch all live scores here
09:49 hrs IST: Runs are coming easily for England. Slightly wide outside off from Umesh, Bairstow uses the pace and runs it off the face of the bat, the ball bounces in front of slip and goes to the third man boundary.
09:46 hrs IST: Stokes continues to tackle Ashwin well. He gets another boundary off the last ball. Ashwin drops it short again outside off and Stokes crunches the drive past cover for a four.
09:42 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav is hiding the ball as he aims to generate reverse swing.
09:40 hrs IST: Good start for Stokes. Ashwin drops it slightly short and the left-hander rocks back quickly, pulls the delivery to the deep mid wicket fence for a boundary. At the other end, it seems Bairstow is determined to use the sweep as much as possible.
09:38 hrs IST: Ashwin appeals for an LBW as Bairstow goes for the sweep. India immediately take the review. However, there is a bit of glove involved and that is why Bairstow will escape. India lose a review. Catch all live scores here
09:34 hrs IST: Bairstow is running pretty gingerly at the moment. There was a bit of hesitation between him and Stokes for the second run but the throw is pretty wide.
09:30 hrs IST: Some drama early in the day. Bairstow was warming up but apparently,he twisted his ankle and was hobbling in the field. However, he is out batting with Stokes. Umesh Yadav will open the bowling. Two slips in place.
09:25 hrs IST: Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow are key for England. They have strung some wonderful sixth-wicket partnerships to bail the team out in the past. Can they do it again?
09:17 hrs IST: Over in Christchurch, it is the Zimbabwe-South Africa show for New Zealand as Neil Wagner and Colin de Grandhomme continue to torment Pakistan. The hosts took a 67-run lead after being bowled out for 200 and in response, Pakistan are 64/3 and in big trouble.
09:12 hrs IST: Ashwin in great form, the pitch assisting spin and bounce, England on the ropes, the situation is tailor-made for Virat Kohli to assert his dominance.
09:04 hrs IST: A warm welcome to day 3 of the second Test between India and England at Vizag. The hosts are on top, with England reeling at 103/5 and trailing by 352 runs.
Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow, both unbeaten on 12, will have a mountain to climb today. England start at their overnight score of 103 for five, trailing India’s first innings total by 352 runs.
India will back themselves to take a firm grip on the match. Ravichandran Ashwin will surely lead the way with his variations. Jayant Yadav should be using his height to extract some extra bounce and turn.
England’s batting mainstay Joe Root, who hit a century in the previous Test in Rajkot, made 53 before he fell to off-spinner Ashwin, who also picked up the wicket of Ben Duckett.