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Rajkot Test Day 3: India all out for 488

SNS | New Delhi |

Despite losing star batsmen like Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli early on Saturday, India rallied to a decent total of 488/10, thanks in no small part to the ever-dependable Ravichandran Ashwin in reply to England’s first innings total of 537 in the Rajkot Test.
Ashwin managed his seventh half-century in Test cricket in his typical style, nonplussed despite seeing his team mates fall without putting up much of a fight with the exception of Wriddhiman Saha, who scored a fighting 35.
Ashwin hit seven boundaries enroute to a counter-attacking 70 which really frustrated the Alistair Cook and co, who were looking to wrap up the Indian batsmen without much fuss.
And despite getting lucky with Virat Kohli’s dismissal, as the the 28-year-old became only the second Indian captain to get out via hit-wicket, England couldn’t capitalise on their early breakthroughs which has realistically brought the match towards a draw.
Ashwin was the last wicket to fall, caught by Zafar Ansari off Moeen Ali’s bowling.
Adil Rashid was the pick of the visiting bowlers, bagging four wickets while Ali and Zafar Ansari got two each.
With their lead whittled down to just 49 runs, England’s batsmen have their task cut out if they are to put up a big total on the board with little over a day’s play remaining in the Test.