Kohli, Rahane lead India fight back

Virat Kohli

Kohli is the only India player to have scored more than 100 runs combined in the series so far

India were 124 for two in their second innings against England at stumps on the second day of the third cricket Test, here today.

Jos Buttler was the only blip in a session thoroughly bossed by India.

India, thus, took an overall lead of 292 runs over England with eight wickets in hand.

But until his catch to dismiss Kohli, it had been a frustrating day for Stokes, whose 15 wicketless overs cost 54 runs. Ishant, who ought to have been given the new ball, squared Alastair Cook up, having the left-hander edge behind.

New Zealand's Mark Craig is the only player in the history of Test cricket to score a six on his first ball.

The wicket-keeper had begun nervously, failing to stop a widish delivery down the leg-side from Mohammed Shami, getting in Pujara's way before he dropped Cook, and getting caught wrong-footed when Joe Root edged behind.

Virat Kohli's dismissal can be the key moment in the third Test. Rashid has quite a record against Indian captain, it was the sixth stance when English spinner had removed the 29-year-old captain in worldwide cricket.

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At the time of filing the copy, England was reeling at 159/9 with Buttler at the wicket on 37*.

There was also sharp catching in India's slip cordon in the form of KL Rahul, who pouched three chances, one of them controversial because it was another low effort adjudicated on unsatisfactorily by two-dimensional cameras. Root held his ground, not convinced that the catch had been a clean one, while Marais Erasmus referred the matter upstairs.

Rahul was in the thick of things again a little later as Shami snared Ben Stokes, who prodded at the ball. Ollie Pope and the English captain looked determined, but Sharma removed the former and picked up his second wicket.

Pandya wasn't done just yet. Trent Bridge was stunned. But India still went into tea firmly in control. Stuart Broad played with the patience of debutant bowling on the sixth-seventh stump channel. England had the ball swinging at once. His confidence soaring, Pandya ended the over with the wicket of Chris Woakes with a short ball that was tickled to Pant for his fourth catch.

"Ashwin is a good batsman too, he has been possibly the second best batsman for them so it is not going to be easy to bowl them out". Ashwin, however, defends strongly on Anderson's attack, leads with two FOUR in Anderson's over.

Woakes never stopped since he came back at Lord's; hit in the deck prior to the batsmen were preparing for lunch of day one.

This is India's highest score against England in England after being asked to bat.

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