For a second day in a row, India are in commanding position against England in the second Test in Vizag. With Virat Kohli on 56 and Ajinkya Rahane on 22, the hosts are 98/3 after taking a lead of 200 runs. This effectively puts India 298 runs in the good and barring a collapse on Sunday, things are headed towards a 1-0 for the number one ranked team in Tests. However, if things stay the same, England are looking at fighting a long battle by the middle session.
Commencing from 103/5, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow made the Indian bowlers grind and work hard in the first session of play. Both hit half-centuries and put together 110 runs for the sixth-wicket stand to launch England’s fightback on the day.
Stokes’ luck continued to shine down on him. After being hit on the stumps by Jayant Yadav on Friday but the bails staying still, he had another wave of luck when Wriddhiman Saha missed a stumping chance off R Ashwin when he was on just 21.
But with ten minutes to go for lunch, Umesh Yadav’s yorker dismissed Bairstow for 53. Later, after lunch, Ashwin was out in full flow to dismiss Stokes for 70.
The offie then went on to pick up yet another fifer – miraculously his first against England.
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In reply, after choosing not to enforce the follow on, India lost three quick wickets to stand at 40/3 before Kohli and Rahane calmed things down.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 19, 2016
Virat Kohli 223* runs in the match – the most by an Indian captain in a Test match vs England
MAK Pataudi 216#IndvEng
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 19, 2016
There must be a sense of joy and power when you are in the kind of form @imVkohli is in.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 19, 2016
— JohnDykes (@JohnDykesUK) 19 November 2016
Indian players adjusting to DRS. Indian commentators adjusting to DRS.#IndvEng
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) 19 November 2016
For England, James Anderson picked up one wicket while a somewhat injured Stuart Broad picked up two wickets.