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It was an exciting Day 2 of the third Test between India and England in Mohali. Both teams had their moments but it was India who managed to get the slight edge with the R Ashwin-Ravindra Jadeja stand lower down the order. Apart from the spin-twins, Parthiv Patel’s return to international cricket was another talking point. Yes, he took field behind the stumps on the opening day but his effort with the bat was what everyone was waiting to see. Here’s a look at the talking points from the second day:
Shami cuts tail: Mohammed Shami picked the remaining two England’s wickets cheaply and didn’t allow the visitors to add substantial runs to their overnight total. The seamer scalped Adil Rashid and Gareth Batty in quick succession and allowed England to add only fifteen runs to their overnight total.
Parthiv returns: The stumper returned to the scheme of things after Wriddhiman Saha was out of the Test due to injury. After a decent effort with the gloves, Patel impressed at top of the order. The left-hander scored a 85-ball 42 before he was trapped in front by Rashid. India’s experiment worked as the southpaw made a useful contribution for the hosts.
Solid Kohli-Pujara: Patel’s wicket brought Virat Kohli to the crease, and he joined Cheteshwar Pujara in the middle. The duo put up a solid show with the bat and added 75 runs, and put the Indian innings on track after the openers were out with the scoreboard reading 73. Kohli was watchful and Pujara was in the zone – the zone he not left in the ongoing series.
The collapse: India were cruising at 148/2 but Pujara’s wicket triggered a collapse which pushed India on the mat. The hosts lost three wickets in five overs, and added only nine runs to the team’s total. Ajinkya Rahane and Karun Nair followed Pujara back to the hut and Rashid didn’t mind adding two more wickets to his tally.
Disciplined England: The visitors had a disciplined showing with the ball on the second day. Chris Woakes and James Anderson were not among the wickets but stuck to the line outside the off-stump and forced the India batters to go after English spinners for runs. The plan worked as the hosts were out searching for runs.