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Ashwin, Jadeja rescue India after England exert pressure

Ben Stokes (right) celebrating the wicket of Virat Kohli
Ben Stokes (right) celebrating the wicket of Virat Kohli
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England 283 (Bairstow 89) v
India 271-6 (Kohli 62)
Third Test, Mohali, day two

Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja revived India's hopes with an unbeaten 67-run stand for the seventh wicket to take India to 271 for six at stumps on day two of the third Test in Mohali.

Earlier, Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid picked five wickets to dent India's momentum earlier in the day.

England started the day at 268 for eight. They added just 15 more runs before Mohammad Shami (3-63) picked the final two wickets.

The Indian openers, Parthiv Patel (42) and Murali Vijay (12) scored five boundaries between then to take India to 28 for naught in the first 10 overs. Patel survived a review for caught behind during that phase.

In the 14th over, Vijay was dropped by Jos Buttler off Moeen Ali (0-19) but was dismissed in the next over bowled by Stokes (2-48). Patel looked in good touch as India went into lunch at 60 for one.

Four overs into the second session, Rashid (3-81) trapped Patel LBW. England used a review to overturn the decision.

The innings was stabilised by a 75-run stand between Virat Kohli (62) and Cheteshwar Pujara (51). In the 45th over, Jonny Bairstow handed Pujara a reprieve. He was on 35 at that stage.

Pujara completed yet another fifty in this series, needing 100 deliveries for this milestone. India went into tea at a strong position at 148 for two.

England made a strong comeback in the final session when Rashid struck twice in quick succession to remove Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane (0) while Karun Nair (4) was run out. India were 156 for five at that stage.

After completing his fifty, Kohli nicked a Stokes' delivery behind the stumps after India managed to cross the 200-run mark.

But Ashwin (57 not out) and Jadeja (21 not out) struck together in an unbeaten 67-run stand to take India to 271 for six at stumps. Ashwin also completed a valiant fifty in the process. They now trail England by 12 runs with four wickets in hand.

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