Ravichandran Ashwin displayed his utility as a batsman as he notched up his ninth Test fifty. He was ably supported by Ravindra Jadeja as they shared a 67-run partnership. Earlier, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara also slammd fifties as India closed in on England’s total. Relive all the highlights of India vs England here. (SCORECARD | NEWS)
16:57 hrs IST: That is stumps on day 2 and India will be very happy. The Ashwin-Jadeja stand has helped India come closer to England’s total and they can think about taking the lead. England fought back well but they let themselves down with some sloppy bowling in the final hour.
16:48 hrs IST: R Ashwin gets to his ninth Test fifty. The partnership with Jadeja has been fabulous. As a bowler and a batsman, he has been the difference maker in this series.
16:43 hrs IST: Jadeja brings up the 50-run partnership with a magnificent drive off Woakes. These runs are hurting England.
16:39 hrs IST: England are rushing through their overs. Only four overs remain in the day.
16:33 hrs IST: Just short! Rashid gets this legbreak to drift in slightly, Jadeja looks to push it back to the bowler but it lands just in front.
16:31 hrs IST: WHAM! Jaddu shows intent. Rashid gives this delivery some more air on off stump, Jadeja stands in the crease and launches it high over long on for a big six.
16:29 hrs IST: The Ashwin-Jadeja stand has gone past 30. This is a vital partnership if India are to ensure England don’t take the lead.
16:21 hrs IST: When Stokes got rid off Kohli, he was pumped up and was celebrating. Immediately, he stood on the side of the pitch and covered his mouth with his hand. Remember, Kohli and Stokes clashed with the England player getting reprimanded.
16:17 hrs IST: Over in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe have been bowled out for 160. Sri Lanka will be hoping that the weather does not intervene.
16:15 hrs IST: Ashwin and Jadeja have steadied the ship as India look to recover. India will be hoping that they do not lose any wickets in this passage of play. Catch all live scores here
16:08 hrs IST: Wonderful batting from Ashwin. Moeen Ali floats this delivery full on off stump and Ashwin leans into the drive to caress it past cover for a boundary.
16:04 hrs IST: James Anderson comes into the attack. Ravindra Jadeja is on strike. The saga continues.
16:00 hrs IST: Stokes is really running in hard but Ashwin is playing him well. The bowler bowls a shooter on leg stump but Ashwin is lucky to get bat on it as it goes to fine leg off the inside edge. Next ball, Ashwin chases a wide outswinger and gets beaten. Catch all live scores here
15:53 hrs IST: Over in Zimbabwe, the hosts are trying to fight back in the final against Sri Lanka but they are struggling.
15:48 hrs IST: India are scoring runs but Ben Stokes is getting some good reverse swing.
15:42 hrs IST: Ashwin and Jadeja are the key batsmen for India. Ashwin, in particular, needs to farm the strike as much as possible.
15:33 hrs IST: WICKET! Massive wicket for England and they now have a very good chance of taking the lead. Catch all live scores here
Stokes gets this back of a length delivery to straighten a touch outside off, it bounces a bit more as Kohli looks to run it down to third man with an angled bat, but he feathers an edge to Bairstow
Virat Kohli c Bairstow b Stokes 62, India 204/6, trail by 79.
15:24 hrs IST: The partnership between Ashwin and Kohli has reached 38 in just eight overs. The run-rate is close to five and this partnership has helped India come close to the target.
15:19 hrs IST: Kohi brings up his 14th fifty. On a difficult pitch, in pressure bowling, this has been fantastic batting by the Indian Test skipper. Catch all live scores here
15:10 hrs IST: While India fight back in Mohali, over in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe have been reduced to 108/6 in the final against Sri Lanka. Will they fight back like they did against the West Indies?
15:08 hrs IST: Kohli and Ashwin are scoring some quick runs. They need this partnership to flourish if India are to get anywhere near England’s total and take a lead.
15:02 hrs IST: Ashwin steers a couple of boundaries to third man off Woakes. He survives a close call on the fourth ball as Woakes pings him on front pad with a delivery that tailed in sharply, England appeal but that ball was probably doing a bit too much. Catch all live scores here
14:56 hrs IST: Kohli and Ashwin are the key here. India have been bundled out in this series thanks to Ashwin’s batting.
14:52 hrs IST: WICKET! India are crumbling after Tea. Poor Karun Nair. What a way to go. Catch all live scores here
Kohli taps this ball to point and looks for a quick single, he starts off and Karun responds, but he suddenly changes his mind and turns back, Jos Buttler dives full length to his left and scores a direct hit at the bowler’s end to catch Nair short. Actually,. it was Buttler’s brilliant fielding that resulted in the confusion.
Karun Nair run-out 4, India 156/5, trailing by 129 runs vs England
14:45 hrs IST: WICKET! Ajinkya Rahane’s poor form continues. Adil Rashid on song in Mohali. Catch all live scores here
Rashid floats the googly and it breaks back in slightly, Rahane plays inside the line of the delivery and gets hit on the pad, England appeal and umpire Erasmus gives it out, Kohli asks Rahane to take the review but replays show that it is hitting middle.
Ajinkya Rahane LBW Adil Rashid 0, India 152/4, trailing England by 131 runs.
14:37 hrs IST: Meanwhile, there is more heartbreak for India in Hong Kong Open badminton. After PV Sindhu’s loss, Sameer Verma has lost in the final to local boy Ka Long. Brave effort from him though.
14:35 hrs IST: WICKET! Pujara will be cursing himself for missing out. That was a bad ball from Rashid but he has gotten a wicket. Catch all live scores here
Short leg-break on middle and leg, Pujara rocks back and tries to hit it out of the PCA stadium, but he does not time it well and Chris Woakes at deep mid wicket runs to his left and takes a good, low catch to his left, third umpire just checks whether the catch is clean but Woakes got both his hands under the ball.
Cheteshwar Pujara c Chris Woakes b Adil Rashid 51, India 148/3, trail by 135 against England.
14:15 hrs IST: That is Tea and India have held on. Pujara’s fifty has been splendid while Virat Kohli continues his magnificent batting as he nears a fifty. England have a big task on their hands in the final session. Catch all live scores here
14:10 hrs IST: Batty’s inclusion into the attack has eased the pressure for India. Rashid also errs in his line and India are now starting to make a move on.
14:07 hrs IST: 11th fifty for Pujara. Magnificent batting from him. He really loves to play England in India. Batty concedes two boundaries in his second over. Catch all live scores here
13:59 hrs IST: In 24 overs, India have managed just 64 runs at a run-rate of just under 3. This is classical, attritional cricket.Gareth Batty gets his first over of the match.
13:51 hrs IST: DROPPED! After all the pressure created, this is a costly miss. Stokes bowls a full ball down the leg side and Pujara looks to glance it to fine leg, it takes the edge but Jonny Bairstow, moving to his left, drops it. This will be costly for England. Catch all live scores here
13:46 hrs IST: Pujara breaks the shackles with a couple of boundaries off Stokes. That will ease the pressure a bit.
13:45 hrs IST: While matches from both sides of the Tasman are done, there is still more cricket. Zimbabwe will take on Sri Lanka in the final of the tri-series in Bulawayo. However, there is a threat of rain for that match. Catch all live scores here
13:44 hrs IST: PV Sindhu might have lost, but India still have Sameer Verma in the final. He has a chance to create history.
13:40 hrs IST: Australia have ensured that they are not whitewashed at home. They clinch the Pink Ball Test by seven wickets but South Africa win the series 2-1.
13:33 hrs IST: England have really choked the runs and not allowed Kohli to dominate. The Indian skipper’s patience is being tested.
13:24 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Stokes almost gets the better of Kohli. This short ball straightens as Kohli looks to work it to mid wicket, the leading edge falls just in front of cover and short cover.
13:18 hrs IST: England are trying to maintain the pressure by drying up the runs. Only 36 runs have been scored in 15 overs since lunch. Catch all live scores here
13:09 hrs IST: Virat Kohli and Pujara have negotiated the tough phase well. Over in Adelaide, Australia require just 23 runs to clinch the Pink Ball Test.
13:00 hrs IST: Woakes and Anderson are keeping a lid on the scoring. This is good reverse swing bowling.
12:55 hrs IST: Anderson almost gets Kohli! The ball just tails in late and Kohli, who is on the front foot, tries to work it to mid wicket but gets an inside edge. Had he missed it, he would have been trapped plumb in front. Catch all live scores here
12:51 hrs IST: Woakes is staying wide of the crease and bowling plenty of cutters. Maybe, England plan to scuff the ball up for more reverse swing.
12:44 hrs IST: Pujara has buckled down and is grinding the England bowlers while Kohli has gotten going with a lovely drive off Rashid. Catch all live scores here
12:35 hrs IST: All eyes on Virat Kohli. Will he display his aggression on this sluggish pitch?
12:31 hrs IST: WICKET! Parthiv goes and this time, even a review cannot save him. Catch all live scores here
Rashid gets this legbreak to break back in, Parthiv advances down the track and looks to smother it, but he gets hit on the front pad, England appeal and umpire Erasmus does not give it out, England review and replays show the ball pitching in line and hitting leg stump, Parthiv was also not too far down the track.
Parthiv Patel LBW Adil Rashid 42, India 73/2 versus England (283)
12:29 hrs IST: Run making has not been easy in Mohali. However, in Adelaide, Australia require 49 runs for victory but they have lost two quick wickets.
12:23 hrs IST: Over in Hong Kong, PV Sindhu has lost in the final to Tai Tzu Ying. However, it has been a great run by this champion Indian shuttler.
12:15 hrs IST: Welcome back for the second session. Chris Woakes will open the bowling.
11:46 hrs IST: You can enjoy your lunch even better by following the Hong Kong Open final featuring PV Sindhu here.
11:34 hrs IST: That is lunch and India will be happy with their progress. They have reached 60/1, with Parthiv unbeaten on 37.
11:28 hrs IST: England rushing through their overs. They sense another wicket.
11:22 hrs IST: Patel and Pujara are both looking comfortable out in the middle. Only Ben Stokes is getting some reverse swing while Anderson is just managing to get some shape in. Catch all live scores here
11:15 hrs IST: Superb batting from Patel. Anderson stays round the wicket and bowls a full delivery on leg stump, Patel presents the full face of the bat and drives it to the long on fence. Two balls later, he once again drills Anderson down the ground for another boundary.
11:12 hrs IST: Stokes errs in his line and Pujara helps himself to another boundary. India 49/1. Catch all live scores here
11:10 hrs IST: It is a Super Sunday not only in cricket but also in badminton. PV Sindhu and Sameer Verma could create history in the Hong Kong Open. Follow all live updates here.
11:06 hrs IST: Pujara gets off the mark in style. But, the ball as started to reverse. Adil Rashid changes ends.
11:04 hrs IST: The dropped catch has not hurt England. In Moeen’s previous over, Jos Buttler had dropped Vijay but it was a slightly difficult chance.
11:02 hrs IST: WICKET! Stokes puts in the effort and strikes in his first over. Poor shot from Vijay. Catch all live scores here
Short delivery and going wide outside off, Vijay hangs his bat out and has a feel for it, the ball takes the outside edge, he is gutted as he walks away. Intially, umpire Chris Gaffaney did not spot the edge but Vijay walked.
Murali Vijay c Jonny Bairstow b Ben Stokes 12, India 39/1 vs England (283).
11:00 hrs IST: Ben Stokes is into the attack now. England are rotating their bowlers but this pitch has absolutely no assistance.
10:52 hrs IST: As the session has progressed, run-scoring is becoming difficult. This is a sluggish pitch. Catch all live scores here
10:44 hrs IST: Both Parthiv Patel and Vijay have settled in on this pitch. On the second day, it has gotten slower and stroke-making will be very difficult. Catch all live scores here
10:37 hrs IST: Adil Rashid is operating from the other end. So the plan for England seems to be to give the pacers just short bursts.
10:33 hrs IST: In Hamitlon, rain has had the final say and play has been called off. New Zealand lead by 55 runs against Pakistan with two days remaining. Catch all live scores here
10:32 hrs IST: Moeen Ali comes into the attack and it is not a good start. Parthiv Patel drives him to the boundary and next ball, he bowls a beamer that is over Parthiv’s head. No-ball is signalled. Another instance like this and he is off the attack.
10:25 hrs IST: Umpire Dharmasena has DRS problems both on the field and off it. When he was reviewing the decision, he tells umpire Erasmus that there is no edge and he can stick to his original decision. Luckily, umpire Erasmus does not listen to him and overturns the decision. Catch all live scores here
10:22 hrs IST: Parthiv Patel has been given out caught behind and he reviews. Short ball from Woakes and he looks to tuck it to fine leg, the ball goes to Bairstow who collects and umpire Erasmus gives it our. Parthiv opts for the review and replays show no bat involved, the ball grazed the shirt as it went past. He survives and the decision is overturned.
10:15 hrs IST: Over in Adelaide, South Africa have been bowled out for 250. The target for Australia is 127. Mitchell Starc finishes with four wickets. Stephen Cook top-scores with 104.
10:13 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Parthiv is batting aggressively. He smashes two consecutive boundaries off Woakes as India make rapid progress. Catch all live scores here
10:10 hrs IST: Uh-oh! Some drama. Anderson flung the ball back at Vijay who stood his ground. The ball hits his pad and they appeal for obstruction in field. The umpire confer and decide that it is not the case. Storm in a teacup.
10:09 hrs IST: Vijay gets off the mark in style. Short ball from Anderson, the right-hander stands tall and clobbers the pull shot to deep mid wicket fence.
10:07 hrs IST: The last time Parthiv opened the innings for India, he scored 69 against Pakistan in Rawalpindi in 2004. That knock, and his partnership with Rahul Dravid, who made 270, gave India a historic 2-1 series win. Happy Days.
10:06 hrs IST: Parthiv gets off the mark in style. Short ball from Woakes and he tucks it behind square on the leg side for a boundary. Not a bad way to get off the mark after eight years.
10:03 hrs IST: Over in Adelaide, Stephen Cook has notched up his second century as he becomes the first South African to score a century in a Day-Night Test.
10:02 hrs IST: Parthiv Patel to face up to Chris Woakes and he gets beaten immediately as he plays a loose drive. Some nerves already. He wants to get going.
09:57 hrs IST: Out come the England players and the two Indian openers, Murali Vijay and Parthiv Patel. James Anderson will open the bowling. Vijay to take strike with three slips in place.
09:50 hrs IST: Great effort from the bowlers. Shami the pick with three wickets while Jayant Yadav, Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja got two each. R Ashwin had just one. All eyes will be on Parthiv Patel as to how his approach will be at the top in Tests.
Good length ball and it nips back in off the seam, Batty is rooted back and plays all around that delivery to get on the pads, umpire Erasmus raises the finger and Batty reviews, replays show no bat and the ball was hitting leg. That was plumb
Gareth Batty LBW Mohammed Shami 1, England 283 all out
0 9:43 hrs IST: Over in Adelaide, Stephen Cook is nearing his century while in Hamilton, rain has stopped play after New Zealand faced just one ball.
09:41 hrs IST: Oh my, Anderson unfurls the reverse sweep against Jadeja. He is going to be aggressive against him. Remember, Jadeja and Anderson’s feud during the Trent Bridge Test was one of the highlights of the 2014 series.
09:32 hrs IST: WICKET! Mohammed Shami strikes with his first ball of the day.
Good length ball and it holds its line just outside off, Rashid has a feel for it and the ball grazes the outside edge, Rashid walks as India vehemently appeal.
Adil Rashid c Parthiv Patel b Mohammed Shami 4 (25), England 268/9
09:30 hrs IST: Out come the England batsman. India will be aiming to take the remaining two wickets quickly. Ravindra Jadeja will open the bowling. Slip, short leg and a short cover in place.
09:18 hrs IST: Looks like it is a day of wickets. Australia have made a great start in Adelaide as Jackson Bird traps Quinton de Kock LBW. Just three wickets away now.
09:09 hrs IST: As we wait for action to begin in Mohali, In Hamilton, New Zealand have bowled out Pakistan for 216, giving themselves a 55-run lead. Tim Southee the star with 6/80 while Babar Azam unlucky to miss out on a century.
09:00 hrs IST: November 27 is also a pretty emotional day in cricket. It was on this day, two years ago, that Australian batsman Phillip Hughes died at the age of 25 after being struck on the head with a bouncer during the Shield game between New South Wales and South Australia in Sydney.
08:55 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to a blockbuster Sunday for cricket. India are on top against England in Mohali. In Adelaide, Australia will be pressing for a win in Adelaide while in Hamilton, Pakistan are fighting back against New Zealand. Oh, and by the way, there is also the tri-series final between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.
Umesh Yadav (2/58) and Mohammed Shami (1/52) should be going full steam against the English tail today. They will hope that their teammates will back them up with some smart catching.
Alastair Cook won an important toss but the tourists conceded much of the advantage with poor shot selection and could have been in a deeper hole but for India’s poor catching and Jonny Bairstow’s dogged resistance.
Indian fielders dropped four catches in England’s first inning on the first day. Cook was given two reprieves and wicket-keeper Bairstow (89) enjoyed two lives.
The keeper-batsman featured in 50-plus partnerships with Ben Stokes and the recalled Jos Buttler to revive England, who are 1-0 down in the five-match series.
Adil Rashid was batting on four at stumps with Gareth Batty, replacing the injured Zafar Ansari, yet to open his account.