England dominate India with both bat and ball on day 2

Ben Stokes
England's Ben Stokes celebrates taking the wicket of India's Virat Kohli
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England have a real opportunity of wrapping up India's innings quickly on day three and taking a decisive first innings lead.

ENG - 332
IND - 174-6 (51.0 Overs)

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When the day began, India had hopes of folding up England quite cheaply. Their bowlers had bowled tight line and lengths throughout the first day and had reaped its rewards in the last session. England were short of 200 with seven wickets down and India sensed a real opportunity of bowling them out for a paltry total.

When Adil Rashid was dismissed for 15, the team may have thought that Stuart Broad and James Anderson would fall over. However, that was not to happen as Jos Buttler compiled an excellent innings of 89 with the tail. He did not try to do anything fancy and just played classical Test cricket. Stuart Broad helped Buttler admirably with a fighting 38.

For all that the Indian pacers tried, they could not induce an edge despite beating the bat on numerous occasions. The reason behind it was their length which was looking quite pretty but was not full enough to make the real difference.

In reply Shikhar Dhawan got out fairly quickly. Lokesh Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara then compiled a partnership which gave a lot of hope to the Indian batting order but both were dismissed for 37.

Ajinkya Rahane tried to go for an expansive drive off James Anderson's stock out singer and was caught by Cook. Hanuma Vihari (25*) was a bit lucky as despite being lbw off Broad, the review was not taken by England and he got a life.

Virat Kohli (49) did not look at his best in this innings as he edged quite a few deliveries. Just before the close of play, Kohli went for a drive and was caught at slips. Rishabh Pant too tried doing the same to Ben Stokes and paid the price.

As it turned out, India were 174 for six at the end of the day and were lagging behind by 158 runs with just four wickets in the bank. England have a real opportunity of wrapping up India's innings quickly on day three and taking a decisive first innings lead.

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