India’s all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin ruled Day 3 of the third Test against England on Monday as his establishing knock of 72 runs and then an incredible spell of (3/19) made India shine at the PCA Stadium, Mohali.
The 30-year-old Chennai chap started the day well in favour of India, putting 97 runs for the seventh wicket partnership with Ravindra Jadeja (90).
Jajeja kept the momentum alive, scoring 80 runs with his next partner Jayant Yadav (55), who scored his first Test fifty to give India a comfortable lead of 134 runs.
When England came to trail the small lead in the final session, Ashwin stood tall in its way and took early wickets in shape of Alastair Cook (12) and Moeen Ali (5) in the 14th and 20th over respectively.
Off-spinner Jayant added grief for wounded England, taking the scalp of wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow (15), who survived alone while fighting India in the first innings and had scored 89 runs. Coincidentally, Bairstow’s previous dismissal also came under Jayant’s name.
Celebrating the day to its fullest, Ashwin dismissed Ben Stokes (5) to claim his third wicket. It was a wonder delivery from Ashwin, deceiving Stokes to tap him LBW. However, this dismissal came through a successful DRS call.
At stumps, England was at 78/4 at stumps with Joe Root (36*) and Gareth Batty (0*) trailing India by 56 runs.