India's Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin during the 2nd test match against England at MA Chidambaram Stadium, in Chennai.
India's Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin during the 2nd test match against England at MA Chidambaram Stadium, in Chennai.

India vs England highlights, 2nd Test, Day 3: England 53/3 at stumps, still 429 runs behind the target

IND vs ENG 2nd Test, Day 3 highlights: R Ashwin completed his 5th Test century as India gave England a target of 482 runs. He stitched an important partnership with Virat Kohli as the hosts set up a huge total for England. England ended the day on 53/3. Follow updates of India vs England.
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2021 05:39 PM IST

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  • FEB 15, 2021 05:13 PM IST

    Ashwin credits Rathore

    "Last time I was sweeping, I was 19 years old, I hit a bit of sweep shots well today. I am thankful the plan has paid off. Sort of had a very good day. I can't say it's been happening in the last three days, I have been practicisng with Vikram Rathore (batting coach), I would love to credit him with how my batting has come through over the last four- five matches. I don't know when the next Test is going to be here, but I am pleased," Ashwin said after the end of day's play.

  • FEB 15, 2021 05:04 PM IST

    STUMPS

    India would feel hard done by due to the controversial umpire decision. They thought they had Joe Root but the umpire's call saved them. England 53/3 at stumps and would need to bat out of their skins to save this match.

  • FEB 15, 2021 05:00 PM IST

    Umpire's call

    Axar Patel thought he got his third wicket of the fourth innings. He trapped Dan Lawrence in front of the stumps. But the umpire turned down the appeal. India took DRS but the impact went to umpires call. The ball was hitting the wickets. Lawrence saved by the umpire.

  • FEB 15, 2021 04:51 PM IST

    Leach goes back

    Jack Leach gets dismissed for a first-ball duck. Axar Patel with the wicket. Joe Root has come out to bat. England 50/3

  • FEB 15, 2021 04:48 PM IST

    Leach is the night watchman

    England have sent Jack Leach to bat out the last four overs.

  • FEB 15, 2021 04:46 PM IST

    Wicket

    Rory Burns has to go as Ashwin gets an edge off his bat. Kohli takes a good catch at slips. England 49/2

  • FEB 15, 2021 04:39 PM IST

    SIX

    Dan Lawrence has smashed a six off R Ashwin. England 46/1

  • FEB 15, 2021 04:34 PM IST

    Positive intent from Eng batsmen

    England batsmen have shown positive intent in the fourth innings. They are using their feet to negate the spin from Axar and Ashwin.

  • FEB 15, 2021 04:27 PM IST

    Burns hits two boundaries

    Two boundaries in the Ashwin over for Rory Burns. England 25/1

  • FEB 15, 2021 04:20 PM IST

    WICKET

    Axar Patel has trapped Dom Sibley in front of the wickets. India get their first wicket of Day 3.

  • FEB 15, 2021 04:14 PM IST

    Ashwin to Burns- FOUR!

    Ashwin got an edge off Burns' bat but it struck Pant's pads. Next ball he charged down to hit a boundary.

  • FEB 15, 2021 04:07 PM IST

    Ashwin into the attack

    Ashwin almost got an edge of Sibley's bat in the first over itself. England 8/0 after 4 overs.

  • FEB 15, 2021 04:01 PM IST

    Spin from the first ball

    Axar was given the second over of the fourth innings and it has started to spin and grip from the first ball itself. Meanwhile, Ashwin is back onto the field.

  • FEB 15, 2021 03:53 PM IST

    England Batsmen in the middle

    England have scored 6 runs in the first over off Ishant Sharma.

  • FEB 15, 2021 03:42 PM IST

    All out

    Ashwin tried to pull Stone but only got an inside edge. The ball crashed onto his stumps as India got bowled for 286 runs. India have given England a huge target of 482 runs with two days still to go.

  • FEB 15, 2021 03:35 PM IST

    Another six from Siraj

    Mohammed Siraj hits another huge six just moments after Ashwin said that he is showing faith in him to bat the last two balls of the over.

  • FEB 15, 2021 03:24 PM IST

    Huge six by Siraj

    Mohammed Siraj has smashed a huge six over straight over the bowler's head. He has got a free hand now Ashwin has reached his century.

  • FEB 15, 2021 03:19 PM IST

    Century for Ashwin

    R Ashwin has completed his 5th Test century. A wonderful hundred by the home lad. He needed just 134 balls to get to his ton. What a knock. India 264/9

  • FEB 15, 2021 03:15 PM IST

    SIX

    Ashwin has slop swept Moeen Ali for a six. He is now just three runs away from his hundred.

  • FEB 15, 2021 03:12 PM IST

    Ashwin in the 90s

    Ashwin has scored another boundary. He cuts Leach for a four.

  • FEB 15, 2021 03:04 PM IST

    Siraj manages to hold on

    Siraj had to face a whole over from Jack Leach. But he managed to hold on to his wicket.

  • FEB 15, 2021 02:59 PM IST

    Leach to Ashwin- FOUR!

    Ashwin hit Moeen for a boundary with a good sweep shot.

  • FEB 15, 2021 02:55 PM IST

    Ashwin continues to score

    Ashwin has reached 81 after hitting a four off the first ball of Leach's over.

  • FEB 15, 2021 02:53 PM IST

    Jack Leach strikes!

    Ishant Sharma gets a top edge, and he has been caught by Olly Stone. India 237/9

  • FEB 15, 2021 02:47 PM IST

    Ishant hits a boundary

    FOUR! Ishant steps up to Moeen Ali's half-tracker and hits it over the covers for a boundary.

  • FEB 15, 2021 02:44 PM IST

    Ashwin continues to pile on runs

    Ashwin hits Stuart Broad for a boundary to move closer to the 80s. He is taking most of the strike here and can get a hundred.

  • FEB 15, 2021 02:33 PM IST

    Ashwin, Ishant back

    Ashwin and Ishant are back in the middle. Final session - what will happen? Plenty of drama in store.

  • FEB 15, 2021 02:16 PM IST

    TEA

    India have reached the score of 221/8 at tea. India lead England by 416 runs. Ashwin and Ishant are on the crease.

  • FEB 15, 2021 02:13 PM IST

    Ashwin's highest score in Chennai

    Ashwin has reached his highest score in Chennai. He is batting on 68

  • FEB 15, 2021 02:04 PM IST

    FOUR

    Ashwin hit an uppish straight drive for a boundary off Broad.

  • FEB 15, 2021 02:03 PM IST

    How long can India hang on?

    England need just need two wickets to dismiss India. But the lead is already 411. Let's see how much India can score before being bowled out.

  • FEB 15, 2021 01:48 PM IST

    Another wicket for Moeen

    Moeen Ali gets his fourth wicket of the innings. He dismisses Kuldeep as India lose eighth wicket

  • FEB 15, 2021 01:41 PM IST

    Lead above 400

    Ashwin played it fine off Broad. He cut and it went straight to the boundary. India's lead has reached 401 runs.

  • FEB 15, 2021 01:35 PM IST

    OUT

    DRS showed the ball was hitting the bails. Kohli departs after scoring 62. India 202/7

  • FEB 15, 2021 01:33 PM IST

    DRS

    Kohli tried to glance it to fine leg but did not get bat to it. Moeen appealed and the umpire gave it out. But Kohli has reviewed it

  • FEB 15, 2021 01:25 PM IST

    200 up for India

    India have reached the score of 200. It looked difficult when they were 106/6 but Ashwin and Kohli have managed to steady the ship for India.

  • FEB 15, 2021 01:11 PM IST

    Key to Chennai pitch

    The way to handle affairs on this pitch is to be patient. Both Ashwin and Kohli have shown the way in India's second innings.

  • FEB 15, 2021 12:58 PM IST

    Tennis shot by Stone

    Ashwin hit a tennis type smash off the bowling off Stone. He made room and hit a bouncer to long on. He brings up his 12th Test fifty with a boundary on the next ball.

  • FEB 15, 2021 12:52 PM IST

    Lack of consistency by Leach

    Jack Leach bowled a beauty to Ashwin, which bamboozled the batsmen. But on the very next ball, he bowled a poor delivery which was hit for a boundary.

  • FEB 15, 2021 12:49 PM IST

    Stone into the attack

    Joe Root has brought back Olly Stone into the attack as they look to break this partnership.

  • FEB 15, 2021 12:40 PM IST

    Will Ashwin also score a 50?

    Ashwin is also near the 50-run mark. He is batting on 40.

  • FEB 15, 2021 12:38 PM IST

    Fifty for Kohli

    Virat Kohli has hit a fifty in the second innings. It has taken him 107 balls to reach the milestone.

  • FEB 15, 2021 12:30 PM IST

    Swept to perfection

    Kohli is now just two runs away from his fifty. He swept Moeen for a four.

  • FEB 15, 2021 12:22 PM IST

    Kohli looking good

    Kohli is into his forties as he has managed to hold onto his wicket on a spinning track in Chennai. He hit a cover drive off Moeen to reach 44.

  • FEB 15, 2021 12:15 PM IST

    Players are back

    The batsmen are out on the pitch and Moeen Ali will bowl the first over.

  • FEB 15, 2021 12:03 PM IST

    Butcher on why England are behind

    "First of all, let me make this one point. England are not behind because of the pitch. They are behind because of Rohit Sharma’s brilliant batting in the first innings and because they did not bowl very well on a surface where the ball was going through the top from Day 1. To be frank with you, the game is probably beyond England as it is at the moment," Butcher said on Star Sports.

  • FEB 15, 2021 11:37 AM IST

    LUNCH

    The last hour of play got India to a dominant position. Ashwin and Kohli have stitched together an important partnership of over 50. Ashwin has 34 runs in 38 balls. Players are heading out for lunch. India 156/6

  • FEB 15, 2021 11:31 AM IST

    DRS

    England have taken a review for caught behind. Umpire had given not out. There was a big gap between bat and ball. What a waste.

  • FEB 15, 2021 11:22 AM IST

    Catch dropped

    Ashwin edged off off Broad. It flew to Stokes but he could not hold onto it. Missed chance for England. India 338 runs ahead.

  • FEB 15, 2021 11:11 AM IST

    Lead is now 333 runs

    India are now 333 runs ahead. Ashwin has come in and scored runs while Kohli has carried on his innings on a difficult pitch

  • FEB 15, 2021 11:02 AM IST

    Effective sweep shot

    R Ashwin has come to the crease and looked positive from the word go. He effectively used the sweep shot and got some runs for India.

  • FEB 15, 2021 10:50 AM IST

    Four

    Leach bowled short outside off and Kohli latched onto to it to smash it for a four.

  • FEB 15, 2021 10:44 AM IST

    OUT

    India have lost their sixth wicket as Moeen Ali traps Axar Patel. India have taken the review but it went to umpire's call. And the umpire had given out. India 106/6

  • FEB 15, 2021 10:40 AM IST

    Moeen to Patel: Four!

    Axar Patel has hit one to the boundary ropes. He was deep in the crease and hit a wonderful on drive off Moeen Ali.

  • FEB 15, 2021 10:33 AM IST

    India's lead

    India's lead has been extended to 292 runs. Scoring runs on this pitch is really difficult and it already looks like a great total.

  • FEB 15, 2021 10:27 AM IST

    Beautiful shot by Kohli

    All hopes are pinned on Kohli now. He is the only recognised batsman left for India. He just played a beautiful straight drive off Leach.

  • FEB 15, 2021 10:21 AM IST

    WICKET

    Another wicket down for India. Ajinkya Rahane heads back to the pavillion after giving a catch to short leg.

  • FEB 15, 2021 10:14 AM IST

    Productive over

    Two boundaries came off Moeen's over. It was a productive one for India as every run counts now.

  • FEB 15, 2021 10:01 AM IST

    Ben Foakes absolutely brilliant!

    Rishabh Pant has been stumped out - magnificent work by Foakes. Leach gets the prized wicket. Pant departs for 8. IND 65/4

  • FEB 15, 2021 09:59 AM IST

    Leach to Pant - FOUR!

    Not the intended shot, but it gone off the glove for Pant's first boundary. Pant will play his shots, and he will not stop. England need to be cautious here.

  • FEB 15, 2021 09:57 AM IST

    Jack Leach to Rishabh Pant

    Will Rishabh Pant target Jack Leach again? He has been good against the bowler so far in the match.

  • FEB 15, 2021 09:53 AM IST

    Stats attack

    Sharma Stumped!!

    3rd time he has been stumped in Tests, all have come vs left arm spinner

    176 & 127 vs SA at Visakhapatnam ( K Maharaj), 2019

    26 vs ENG at Chennai ( J Leach) ,2021

    As a pair Kohli and Rohit in this match.

    1 (6) -1st innings

    0 (13) -2nd innings

  • FEB 15, 2021 09:49 AM IST

    Rishabh Pant promoted up the order

    The intentions are clear from India - Rishabh Pant has been promoted over Ajinkya Rahane. India looking to counter-attack, get runs on the board and declare as soon as possible.

  • FEB 15, 2021 09:44 AM IST

    OUT!

    Huge appeal from Ben Foakes for stumping from behind the stumps. The replays showed he was just a tad bit outside. India are three wickets down for 55, lead by 250.

  • FEB 15, 2021 09:34 AM IST

    Pujara OUT!

    A mistake from Pujara - and he has been run out. Pujara tried to get back to his crease, but he dropped his bat, and Foakes was quick to take off the stumps. Bizarre!

  • FEB 15, 2021 09:29 AM IST

    India vs England 2nd Test Day 3 - HERE WE GO!

    Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara out to bat on Day 3. India lead by 249 runs. HERE WE GO!

  • FEB 15, 2021 09:17 AM IST

    Mark Butcher speaks on criticism of pitch

    Mark Butcher says that England are not in a bad position because of the pitch, but the fact cannot be ignored that the pitch is not right for a Test match as ball should not be going through the top of the surface from Day 1.

  • FEB 15, 2021 09:05 AM IST

    Sunil Gavaskar speaks on the criticism of pitch

    Sunil Gavaskar believes that the pitch is challenging but it is not unplayable. He cites example of Rohit Sharma on how he has batted here.

  • FEB 15, 2021 08:53 AM IST

    Key player for England on Day 3

    Moeen Ali and Jack Leach will be the key players for England on Day 3. The two spinners will look to bowl out England as soon as possible.

  • FEB 15, 2021 08:47 AM IST

    What would be a good target?

    Any target above 300 would be challenging on this surface as seen in the first innings. But India would look to reach somewhere close to 350-400 run lead to completely stave off the competition.

  • FEB 15, 2021 08:37 AM IST

    How Axar Patel planned Joe Root’s fall

    After the end of the second day’s play, Axar spoke about Root’s dismissal. In a conversation with his teammate and senior batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, the left-arm off-spinner said: “When I was watching the first Test, I noticed that Joe Root plays a lot of sweep and reverse sweep shots, and I thought that with the speed that I bowl at, I had the opportunity to get him out, and I wanted my first wicket to be his dismissal.


    “I thought that if he tries to sweep my delivery, he may get out LBW. When he went for the sweep shot and made the mistake, to get an in-form batsman who has recently hit multiple centuries and double centuries. You can see it in the video how happy I was to get the wicket,” Axar said.


    EVERYTHING WAS PLANNED!

  • FEB 15, 2021 08:26 AM IST

    Ashwin wants comparisons for Pant with others to be stopped

    R Ashwin pointed out that Rishabh Pant needs a break from constant comparisons with other wicketkeepers.


    "He was constantly compared with the great M S Dhoni for a long time. Now he gets compared for his wicket-keeping with (Wriddhiman) Saha, this that and all that, sometimes it's just better to give a break and let people build on confidence," Ashwin said speaking at the end of the second day's play.


    Do you agree?

  • FEB 15, 2021 08:22 AM IST

    Chennai pitch unacceptable at Test level: Mark Waugh

    "I’m all for a good contest between bat and ball in test match cricket but this pitch in Chennai is unacceptable at test match level. You can’t have the ball going through the top of the surface on day 1 from the main part of the pitch. Ie not from the footmarks," Mark Waugh wrote on Twitter.


    Thoughts on Waugh's comments on the pitch?

  • FEB 15, 2021 08:00 AM IST

    India vs England 2nd Test Day 3 - LIVE!

    Hello and welcome to our live blog on Day 3 of the 2nd Test between India and England. The stage is set for the hosts to set up a mammoth target for England to chase on a tricky surface. The spinners will be key for England on Day 3 to bowl out India as soon as possible. Plenty of action in store!

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