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England stood at 103/5 at stumps on Day 2 against India in Visakhapatnam after suffering a mini collapse.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: November 18, 2016 6:41 pm
India, India cricket team, England, England cricket team, India vs England, Ind vs Eng, India England Test, India England second Test, India England reactions, cricket, cricket news, sports, sports news England stood 352 runs behind India’s 455 after the second day’s play at Visakhapatnam. (Source: Reuters)

England were in a troubled position when play came to a close on the second day of of the second Test against India at Visakhapatnam. At stumps, the visitors were 103/5 in reply to India’s 455 in the first innings. Ben Stokes, on 12, and Jonny Bairstow, on 12, stood unbeaten in the middle after a partnership of 23 from nearly 15 overs which somewhat steadied the jittery ship that once again started to rock to the spin. R Ashwin picked up two wickets while Mohammed Shami and debutant Jayant Yadav had one apiece. The scores leave England still 352 runs behind India’s first innings total.

The fall began with last match’s centurion Alastair Cook getting beaten with a gem of a delivery by Mohammed Shami which not only castled the off stump, but broke the off stump in half with the top half going flying to the short third man position. This had England at 4/1.

Then Haseeb Hameed and Joe Root steadied the England innings with a stand of 47 runs before the previous was run out in magical manner with Jayant fielding from the ropes and then Wriddhiman Saha producing some lovely behind-the-back run out after a mix-up.

Ben Duckett’s dismissal for five, unraveled the mini collapse for England with Root and Moeen Ali following in just eight runs, in the space of seven overs.

Ali’s dismissal proved to be extra special for Jayant after the Haryana bowler reviewed and the third umpire adjudged that the ball was going on to hit the leg stump having pitched in line and hitting the pad first.

Earlier, Virat Kohli was dismissed for 167, having resumed from 151, but R Ashwin went on to score another half century (after starting from 1). He hit 58 and found good support from Jayant who put in 35 runs for a partnership of 64 runs.

For England, James Anderson and Moeen Ali picked up three wickets while Adil Rashid picked up two.

It is safe to say that this is advantage India. The pitch might not be offering plenty to the bowlers but they’ve dug in and been helped partially by poor shots by the England batsmen.