Alastair Cook looked plumb in front as India appealed for an leg-before in England’s second innings. R Ashwin was getting the ball to do things. The ball turned away from the left-handed Cook and umpire raised his finger. Ashwin had struck. India celebrated but Cook consulted Joe Root and went for review. The relays showed that the ball had pitched just outside leg-stump line. Not out. How could Cook survive two reviews in two overs? Clearly he was living on the edge. He had survived another review in the previous over, bowled by Ravindra Jadeja.
But it was a matter of time before Ashwin dismissed the England captain. The off-spinner got one to go through Cook’s defence and knocked over his middle stump. He later deceived promoted batsman Moeen Ali in the flight to had him caught at mid-on.
This was the control Indian spinners had on England batsmen which propelled India to the driver’s seat of the third Test match in Mohali. England were reeling at 78 for the loss of four wickets in the second innings, still 56 runs behind after India took a 134-run lead in the first innings.
England innings had a brief stable period with Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root, the stand-in opener after Haseeb Hameed didn’t come out to open due to an injury, as they both took England to 70 for two from 39 for two.
Jayant Yada, who had dismissed Bairstow leg-before wicket in the first innings, got him once again, this time caught behind as Parthiv Patel took a brilliant low catch to have England three down. Later, Ashwin returned to bowl the last over of the day and dismissed Ben Stokes with Kohli getting a successful review this time.
India were bowled out for 417 in their first innings, a great recovery after being 204 for the loss six wickets. Indian spin trio of Ashwin, Jadeja and Jayant scored half-centuries to propel India to a big total and a lead of 134 runs.
Jadeja came agonisingly close to scoring his first Test hundred but fell after making 90 runs as he tried to clear the boundary ropes off Adil Rashid.
Ben Stokes was the pick of the bowlers from England as he took a five-wicket haul for 73 runs. Rashid took four wickets.