India started the third day with the unbeaten partnership of Ashwin and Jadeja, as the players hauled India to the lead position. After the morning drinks, Jadeja too reached his half century. Ashwin scored 72 runs until Stokes removed him. It was the first wicket for England in the third day. By lunch, in the third day, India's score was 354 for 7. Jadeja and Jayant Yadav batting at 70 and 26 respectively.
All-rounder R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja again salvaged team India in the first innings of the third test at Mohali. England put up an average strike in the opening stretch to score 283. The team continued its strike until the second day of the match to put up the challenge. The early wickets were lost before lunch, as the attacks from India grew stronger. Young player Haseeb Hameed, Joe Root, Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali were put back in pavilion at 87. By lunch England was at 92 for 4 in 29 overs. The wobble, actually came abruptly, as only a single wicket was down by the morning tea. In 14 overs, England was at 51 for 1.
As usual, the middle order came up to resist bowlers' advance with Johnny Bairstow and Ben Stokes partnered for good runs. They took the scores from less than 100 to 144. Stokes was dismissed soon while the batsman could manage only 29. The next partnership stretch followed when Jos Butler came into the crease. The inning gained a momentum only during the overs when Butler scored 43 off 80 balls. The batsman hauled the score to 213 being removed by Jadeja in first ball of the 69th over. There was also a good inning from Chris Woakes, while Bairstow was upbeat with the strike. The latter knocked the best runs in the inning with 89 into his tally. The team played 10 overs after him, partly pulled by Woakes.
India's response on the second day was sturdy, although opener Murali Vijay was removed before completion of fifteenth over. It was a better day for Parthiv Patel, who smashed 6 fours in his stint of 26 overs. The batsman inducted newly into the team, put up the score of 42 in the inning. After the wickets, a sturdy partnership followed with the initiatives for Kohli-Pujara pair. Pujara, who had two centuries in the past two matches was contended with a half century this time. He scored 51, pulling up the chase to 148. The inning had to deal with a blow half way down the inning when Ajinkya Rahane ducked and Karun Nair was run out after shooting a boundary.
In less than four overs, India lost three wickets. The team fell to 156 for 5 from 140 for 2 in a matter in five overs. Skipper Virat Kohli played another 10 overs partnering with Ashwin. His score of 62 was the best strike for India in the second day, while taking the team's over tally to pass 200. Ashwin came up with his mischievous stance by the afternoon racking up a quick half century of just 77 balls. By the end of the day, he was at 57 batting with Jadeja. The team was at 271 for 6 trailing England by 12 runs.
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