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India stretch lead to 298 after Ashwin's five-wicket haul

Ravichandran Ashwin completed another five-wicket haul
Ravichandran Ashwin completed another five-wicket haul
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India 455 & 98-3 (Kohli 56no) v
England 255 (Stokes 70)
Second Test, Visakhapatnam, day three

Ravichandran Ashwin completed his 22nd five-wicket haul as India dismissed England for 255 in their first innings following which Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten fifty to stretch India's lead to 298 runs at stumps on day three of the second Test in Visakhapatnam.

England resumed day three at 103 for five, trailing India by 352 runs. Jonny Bairstow (53) survived an early injury scare while making his way on to the field but was good to carry on.

The pair looked at ease in the first hour and also completed a 50-run stand off 134 deliveries. Ben Stokes (70) reached his fifty off 108 deliveries while Bairstow completed his milestone in the next over.

This was also Bairstow's ninth fifty plus score in this year equaling the most for a wicket-keeper batsman with AB de Villiers, who achieved it in 2013.

The 110-run stand finally came to an end when Bairstow was castled by Umesh Yadav (1-56). England went into lunch at 191 for six.

India took the new ball in the second session and runs started to flow following that as England scored five boundaries in two overs off Umesh, four of it by Adil Rashid (32 not out).

However, Ashwin (5-67) soon began to take control with the new ball as he dismissed Stokes, Stuart Broad (13) and James Anderson (0) to dismiss England for 255.

India decided to bat again after managing a 200-run lead. The openers saw the six overs before tea without losing a wicket and scored six runs.

In the final session, Broad (2-6) struck twice in two overs to remove both Murali Vijay (3) and Lokesh Rahul (10) in quick succession. England had to use reviews on both the occasions to overturn the decision.

Cheteshwar Pujara (1) struggled in his 24-ball knock and was castled by Anderson (1-16) to leave India reeling at 40 for three.

Just when it looked bleak, Kohli (56 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (22 not out) struck together for an unbeaten 58-run stand to take India to 98 for three at stumps. The lead now has gone to 298 runs for the home side and they have seven wickets in hand as well.

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