IndvsEng: Second defeat stares at England, 78/4 at stumps
Mohali: Indian trio of Ashwin, Jadeja and Jayant put England on the brink of defeat in the third Cricket Test match, both by their batting and bowling. England was 78/4 at stumps on the third day still trailing by 56 runs in the third Test of the five-match series at Punjab Cricket Association here on Monday.
Joe Root and Ben Stokes were at the crease fighting it out for the visitors while the hosts remained on the top in sight of second victory in five-match India-England series.
Resuming from the spinning trio of India, excelled in batting as well, helping India gaining four early wickets of skipper Cook (12), Moeen Ali (5), Bairstow (15) and Stokes (5). Ashwin sent three of them back to pavilion while Jayant got in-form Bairstow.
Earlier, Indian Cricket team came up strongly in the game with lower batting order shining and helping India gain a lead of 134 runs. Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav have played some tremendous Cricket with the bat powering India script 417 runs in its 1st innings.
Resuming the total of 271/6, Ashwin was the first to depart after sharing 97-run partnership with Jadeja. Ashwin’s 72-run inning was laced with 11 boundaries. Ravindra Jadeja was the hero of India’s batting. He missed his hundred by 10 runs. His 90-run knock was laced with 10 fours and a single six. Jadeja and Jayant stitched crucial 80-run partnership. Jayant also scored his first fifty in the International Cricket.
For England, Stokes was the leading wicket taker picking five of India while Rashid yet again impressed taking four wickets.
Earlier, England was bowled out at 283 runs in its 1st innings.