England finally got rid of India’s troublesome lower-order late on the third day of the Mohali Test, managing to get the hosts all-out for 417.
Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav struck half-centuries to frustrate the Englishmen to no end and despite Ben Stokes’ five-wicket haul, the momentum is very much with India.
A lead of 134 runs is substantial at this stage of the test, and the visiting batsmen will have to seriously up their game if they are to somehow get back into the Test series which they are losing 1-0 at the moment.
After Ravichandran Ashwin got out relatively early in the morning, rookie Yadav scored his maiden half-ton to get some invaluable runs across the board.
Jadeja’s failure to convert his 50 into a maiden Test hundred will rankle him, considering the Rajkot native was on 90 when his shot failed to clear the boundary and fell into Chris Woakes’ grateful hands instead.
The match officials declared Tea after the Indian innings came to an end, which means the visiting side will have a breather before they come out to bat for the second time in the Test.