India took control of the second Test against England in Visakhapatnam after reducing them to 130 for five at the end of the second day. England were still trailing by 352 runs in the first innings and also need 153 runs to avoid follow-on. Indian spinners made life hell for England batsmen as they lost half of the team for 80 runs.
India’s leading spinner R Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers once again as he picked up two wickets for 20 runs. Pacer Mohammed Shami and debutant Jayant Yadav picked up a wicket each to trouble England.
Earlier in the day, England bowled out India for 455 in the first innings after Ashwin scored yet another half-century for India. He resumed the day with Virat Kohli, who was unbeaten on 151 overnight.
India began with some attacking cricket and did not lose any wicket in the first hour of they but England brought on Moeen Ali and tragedy struck India. He first dismissed Kohli for 167 and four overs later he got Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja in the same over.
Ashwin held on to one end and shared a 52-run stand with Jayant before the former was dismissed by Stokes. India were past the 400-run mark by this time. Adil Rashid picked up the last two wickets to bowl out India for 455.
Shami led India’s attack in bowling and dismissed Alastair Cook in the third over of their innings. Haseeb Hameed and Joe Root took England to Tea with any further damage.
But a run-out against the run of play of Hameed changed the game. Ben Duckett was bowled by Ashwin and then Root threw his wicket away. He was caught at long-off after scoring a a half-century.
Moeen Ali became Jayant Yadav’s first wicket in his Test cricket after he was adjudged LBW on review by India. Stokes and Bairstow shared a 23-run stand for the sixth wicket and took England to 103 for the loss of five wickets.