India are on top after the end of day 2 of the Vizag Test thanks to a magnificent performance from R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami and Jayant Yadav. England once again were found wanting against spin and barring Joe Root, none of the other batsmen got going. Relive all the action from day 2 of the Vizag Test between India vs England here. (SCORECARD | NEWS)
16:30 hrs IST: That is stumps on day 2, a day totally dominated by India. Ashwin, Jayant Yadav and Mohammed Shami were the stars. England are 103/5, still trailing by 352 runs. Day 3 will be vital for the visitors as they will bear the full brunt of India’s spinners.
16:26 hrs IST: The partnership between Stokes and Bairstow is just over 15, but it has consumed nearly 13 overs.
16:17 hrs IST: Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow have rescued England in the past with some vital stands, most notably the Newlands Test against South Africa where Stokes smashed 258. However, this is a different challenge altogether.
16:11 hrs IST: Nineteen minutes left for England to face trial by spin. It is a temporary respite. For Day 3 will be a lot more painful for the visitors.
16:06 hrs IST: India will bowl a few extra overs as they will finish their allotted overs well before time. The spin trio of Jadeja, Ashwin and Jayant Yadav will continue to wreck havoc on day 3. .Catch all live scores here
15:57 hrs IST: Holy Christ! That is close. Jayant gets this delivery to grip and straighten on off stump, Stokes looks to punch it off the back foot and the ball HITS THE BAIL! However, it stays in place. India cannot believe it. Freak occurrence.
15:50 hrs IST: Dip, accuracy, turn and bounce. It is these four essential ingredients that make Ashwin lethal in these conditions. Add to the fact that if a bowler at the other end dries up the runs, it is deadly. As they say, it takes two to tango.
15:44 hrs IST: England’s scoring rate has dipped alarmingly since Ashwin and Jayant Yadav have started to bowl at both ends.Catch all live scores here
15:36 hrs IST: WICKET! First Test wicket for Jayant Yadav and England are five down. You could just see it coming.
Jayant gets this delivery to drift in late, Moeen comes down the track and looks to smother it but gets hit on the front pad, India appeal but umpire Dharmasena does not give it, Jayant tells Kohli to go for the review, it is the right decision as replays suggest it was hitting leg stump, proud moment for Jayant.
Moeen Ali LBW Jayant Yadav 1 (21)
15:32 hrs IST: Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes face an uphill battle even if England are to avoid the follow-on. With Ashwin getting spin, dip, drift and accuracy, the runs won’t be easy to come.
15:23 hrs IST: WICKET! That is the big wicket. Ashwin is pumped up. The dangerous Joe Root goes, England are in massive trouble.Catch all live scores here
Poor shot from Root. Flighted delivery on off stump, Root looks to go over cover by dancing down the track, but the ball dips on him and he ends up slicing the ball to cover where Umesh Yadav takes the catch. India on top and Ashwin has two wickets.
Joe Root c Umesh Yadav b R Ashwin 53 (98), England 79/4 vs India (455)
15:13 hrs IST: WICKET! Ben Duckett misses a straight ball from Ashwin and that’s the end of his uncomfortable innings.
15:05 hrs IST: The England batsmen are looking quite nervous against the Indian spinners and it seems like a wicket is just around the corner.
15:01 hrs IST: It has been a good spell for Ashwin till now with the pitch providing him with ample spin and bounce.
14:56 hrs IST: Duckett survives another over from Ashwin. It would be better if Root takes more of the strike. .Catch all live scores here
14:52 hrs IST: Edged but safe! Jadeja gets this delivery to straighten but Root lunges out and drives, the edge flies wide of slip for a boundary to third man. England’s hopes rest on Root as Ben Duckett looks extremely nervous.
14:46 hrs IST: RUN-OUT! The last thing England needed. Outstanding work from Saha. He is taking some lessons from Dhoni. Rotot goes back and works a flatter delivery to the leg side and calls for a second, but he sends Haseeb back, Jayant Yadav fires in the throw but Saha back flicks it on the stumps to catch Haseeb short, excellent work from Saha.
Haseeb Hameed run-out (Saha) 13 (50), England 51/2.
14:39 hrs IST: Oh boy! The pitch is starting to show it’s tricks. Jadeja bowls a quicker one outside off and it stays very low, Root is on the back foot and the ball just misses the off stump.
14:36 hrs IST: Ashwin is bowling from the other end. Root and Hameed are playing him very well.
14:32 hrs IST: We are back for the final session and Jadeja opens the bowling. Root misses a straight delivery as he plays back to a flatter delivery, Jadeja appeals for an LBW but umpire Dharmasena does not give it. That ball was just clipping leg stump. Umpire’s call would have remained.
14:11 hrs IST: No, he can’t. At Tea, England are 34/1, with Root and Hameed looking in great touch. India once again dominated the session, with Mohammed Shami bowling brilliantly to get rid of Alastair Cook. India will be aiming to pile on the pressure in the final session.Catch all live scores here
14:09 hrs IST: R Ashwin is into the attack. Can India get one more wicket before Tea?
14:06 hrs IST: Still no sign of R Ashwin. Maybe, Virat kohli might use him after the Tea break, which is just a few minutes away.
14:01 hrs IST: England are just playing cautiously as Tea approaches. India would love one more wicket.
13:52 hrs IST: Root is growing in confidence as he drives Umesh Yadav through point for a boundary. Ravindra Jadeja is into the attack now. Catch all live scores here
13:40 hrs IST: Umesh continues to bowl in excess of 90 mph. This is a welcome sign for Indian pace bowling.
13:37 hrs IST: Root eases the pressure by clipping Shami for a couple of boundaries. That will give them some confidence.
13:32 hrs IST: Root and Hameed are hanging in there. Shami and Umesh Yadav are making the ball talk.
13:23 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav is not getting much assistance. However, Shami is landing the ball on the seam and is generating movement off the pitch. His pace is also close to 90 mph. Catch all live scores here.
13:15 hrs IST: WICKET! Timberrrr!!! What a ball from Shami. The off stump has been broken in two.
Full ball bowled from over the wicket, it straightens at the last moment and Cook plays down the wrong line, the ball sneaks between the small gap between bat and pad to break the off stump into two
Alastair Cook b Mohammed Shami 2, England 4/1 vs India (455)
13:11 hrs IST: Hameed gets off the mark by clipping Umesh Yadav to mid wicket for a couple. England on the board.
13:08 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Shami gets this good length delivery to nip back in late, Cook looks to tuck it to the leg side but gets a leading edge that just goes out of Shami’s reach. Next ball, he again gets some late inward movement but the England skipper gets the bat down in time to prevent the LBW. Catch all live scores here.
13:04 hrs IST: Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed come out to open. They put on some solid stands in the Rajkot Test and they will be aiming to do the same in Vizag.
12:53 hrs IST: WICKET! India are bowled out for 455. Umesh slogs this flighted delivery to deep mid wicket but Moeen Ali takes the catch close to the boundary.
Umesh Yadav c Moeen Ali b Adil Rashid 13 (21).
12:52 hrs IST: Mohammed Shami helps India go past 450 with a huge six off Rashid. This will hurt England. Catch all live scores here.
12:50 hrs IST: India come closer to 450 thanks to a couple of boundaries from Umesh Yadav. Vital runs these.
12:46 hrs IST: WICKET! Jayant Yadav falls, but he has done a good job with the bat. He is disappointed as he walks off.
Tossed up delivery and it spins away, Jayant aims for a slog over mid wicket but ends up miscuing it, Anderson takes it safely at point.
Jayant Yadav c Anderson b Adil Rashid 35, India 440/9.
12:40 hrs IST: All eyes are on Jayant Yadav. Will he make Nov 18 a grand day for debutants?
12:32 hrs IST: The dogs in Vizag are proving to be more famous than the players. Here is proof
12:30 hrs IST: WICKET! Ben Stokes finally gets a wicket and it is Ashwin. Good length ball around the off stump, it holds its line as Ashwin pokes at it, the edge is taken by Bairstow
R Ashwin c Bairstow b Stokes 58, India 427/8.
12:19 hrs IST: Ashwin loves to bat against England. In eight Tests, he has an average of over 55 against them.
12:16 hrs IST: Ashwin continues his great form with the bat. He rocks back and cuts Moeen Ali for a boundary to third man. He brings up his eighth fifty and fourth against England.
12:07 hrs IST: Missed out on all the action on the second day of the Christchurch Test between New Zealand and Pakistan? Here is the report.
12:04 hrs IST: BREAKING NEWS! Faf du Plessis has been charged for ball tampering in Hobart Test. This is the second time he has been charged in his career
11:33 hrs IST: The first hour belonged to England as Moeen Ali got rid of Virat Kohli for 167. He followed it up with the wicket of Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja but R Ashwin has held on and is nearing yet another fifty. England will be hoping to pick up the remaining wickets quickly. . Catch all live scores here.
11:30 hrs IST: That will be lunch and India are 415/7, with Ashwin on 47* and Jayant Yadav giving him good company. England will be desperate to break this stand and ensure India do not reach 450.
11:21 hrs IST: India have crossed 400. The pressure will now mount even more on England
11:16 hrs IST: Two slips in place now for Moeen as they look to break this partnership. India will be eyeing a score in excess of 400. The pitch is already assisting plenty of turn.
11:14 hrs IST: Zafar Ansari is not on the field. No update yet on what his problem is. Gary Ballance is the substitute fielder.
11:05 hrs IST: Over in Christchurch, the second day’s play has drawn to a close. New Zealand are 100/3 after Pakistan were skittled out for 133. It was a day of debutants for the BLACKCAPS. Colin de Grandhomme picked up the best figures on debut by a New Zealand bowler, while Jeet Raval, another debutant, has scored a fifty.
11:03 hrs IST: So far, Jayant has shown good technique on his Test debut. Meanwhile, Ashwin is nearing a fifty and India are approaching 400. Catch all live scores here.
10:57 hrs IST: England opt for the review. It is an LBW appeal against Jayant Yadav. Rashid gets this delivery to skid through and it spins away slightly, Yadav plants his front foot slightly outside the line of off stump as the ball hits the front pad, replays show ball was missing off stump. England lose a review.
10:51 hrs IST: Jayant Yadav is no bunny with the bat. In first-class cricket, he has a high score of 211 against Karnataka in the 2012 Ranji season. He shared a record 392-run stand for the eighth wicket with Amit Mishra.
10:45 hrs IST: R Ashwin now holds the key. The last three batsmen are not known to hang around for long.
10:38 hrs IST: Another one goes! Moeen on a role! Ravindra Jadeja has to walk back. Catch all live scores here.
Moeen pushes through the straighter delivery on middle and leg stump, Jadeja plays for the turn but misses it and gets trapped in front. However, replays indicate that the ball was missing leg stump. India had one review remaining but they did not use it.
Ravindra Jadeja LBW Moeen Ali 0 (2), India 363/7.
10:35 hrs IST: WICKET! England strike immediately after the break and it is Moeen Ali again. Wriddhiman Saha goes after the review
Tossed up delivery and it breaks back in sharply, Saha is on the backfoot and looks to work it towards midwicket but gets hit on the pads, the umpire gives it out aftr a long delay and Saha reviews, replays show the ball crashing into leg stump.
Wriddhiman Saha LBW Moeen Ali 3 (16), India 363/6.
10:30 hrs IST: Drinks and England will be happy that they removed Kohli for 167. However, Ashwin is still there and he can help India reach 450-500.
10:25 hrs IST: The reason for Stokes’ frustration was because in the previous ball before the Kohli dismissal, he had dropped Ashwin. However, he has made amends but England are still staring at a big hole.
1 0:19 hrs IST: WICKET! Alas! It will not be! Kohli falls and England finally get the breakthrough. Catch all live scores here.
Flighted delivery from Moeen, Virat goes for the drive but gets an outside edge that is sharply held by Ben Stokes at slip, he hurls the ball into the ground in frustration. A brilliant knock from Virat Kohli comes to an end, the spectators in Vizag are on their feet.
Virat Kohli c Ben Stokes b Moeen Ali 167, India 351/5
10:09 hrs IST: Moeen Ali introduced early into the attack. Already, England seem to have decided to curb the flow of runs and not go for wickets.
10:04 hrs IST: There seems to be no stopping Kohli as he neatly flicks a full ball from Anderson to the deep mid wicket fence. India 345/4, with Kohli on 167*
09:56 hrs IST: Slight hold-up in play as the umpires check the ball. Has it gone out of shape? Odd! The new ball is just 7 overs old and already, there are some problems.
09:54 hrs IST: Over in Christchurch, a Zimbabwe-born pacer, who is playing for New Zealand, has shattered a 65-year-old bowling record as Pakistan are on the ropes. Catch all live scores here.
09:53 hrs IST: Kohli continues to pile on the runs. Full ball and swinging away wide outside off from Broad, Kohli opens the bat face and looks to slice the drive, the ball flies off the thick outside edge to third man for a boundary.
09:50 hrs IST: So far, nothing extraordinary happening with the new ball. There is just a little bit of movement but nothing to trouble the top batsmen.
09:43 hrs IST: Fantastic shot from Kohli. Anderson pitches it a bit too full and the Indian skipper creams the drive past cover for a glorious boundary.
09:39 hrs IST: Steady start for Broad as Ashwin presents a solid defence. Good signs for India as they look to play out the new ball.
09:34 hrs IST: On the second ball of day 2, Anderson had an LBW appeal against Virat Kohli but the ball was heading down the leg side. Steady start in the first over for India.
09:32 hrs IST: Day 2 begins in grand style for India as R Ashwin leans into the drive and caresses a full delivery from James Anderson to the deep cover fence for a boundary.
09:24 hrs IST: Will England’s spinners get more purchase from this wicket on day 2? On day one, only Moeen Ali troubled the Indian batsmen to a certain extent.
09:15 hrs IST: The lower middle order did pretty well in the Rajkot Test but more will be needed from them if they have to bat England out of the contest.
09:07 hrs IST: On day 1, England’s bowlers toiled, with only James Anderson being the most successful bowler. However, for England to bounce back, they will have to keep India to under 400 on a pitch that misbehaved slightly as the game wore on.
09:00 hrs IST: All eyes will be on Virat Kohli as he looks to join an elite list. Can he score his third double century in Tests? The remarkable thing if he gets it is that he would have got it all in this calendar year.
08:51 hrs IST: Before the action begins in Vizag, a bit of history was created in the Christchurch Test between New Zealand and Pakistan. Colin de Grandhomme, a player of Zimbabwe origin, landed up the best figures by a New Zealand bowler in Tests as he picked up 6/41 to bowl Pakistan out for 133.
08:50 hrs IST: A warm welcome to day 2 of the Vizag Test between India and England from Vizag. It was the Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara show on day one as both smashed centuries to make England toil on day 1.
Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara made England toil for most parts of the opening day. If India can play out the first hour today, a total of 500-plus is not impossible. India start day 2 on 317 for four.
England will bank on James Anderson. The England pacer, back to international action after August, was easily the best bowler with three for 44.
England’s highest Test wicket-taker bowled cross seam to extract steep bounce and hit Murali Vijay on his glove for Ben Stokes to complete a simple catch. Anderson and Stuart Broad will look for similar help from the pitch today.