New Delhi: India posted 98/3 at stumps on Day 3 to take a mammoth 298-run lead in the second Test against England at Visakhapatnam.
England resumed their first innings on the third day at 103/5 with Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow at the crease for the visitors.
Both wore out Indian bowlers in the first session to reach their respective half centuries.
Umesh Yadav finally broke the partnership by removing Bairstow for 53 runs.
After lunch, India opted for the new ball but the decision seemed to backfire as Stokes and Rashid hit boundaries for fun.
Virat Kohli introduced spinners back into the attack and it turned to be the turning point of the innings.
Ashwin dismissed set batsman Stokes for 70 and that opened the floodgates as England’s tail failed to wag in the second session of the day.
The visitors were finally collapsed for 255, conceding a 200-run lead, with Ashwin starring for the hosts with his 22nd 5-wicket haul and his first against England.
India decided against enforcing the follow-on as Murali Vijay and KL Rahul came out to bat for the hosts.
After tea, the English pacers jolted India’s top order with three quick wickets. Stuart Broad sent back packing the Indian openers, Vijay (3) and Rahul (10), following two successive DRS appeals.
James Anderson too got into the act by removing first innings centurion Cheteshwar Pujara for 1.
Virat Kohli (56*) and Ajinkya Rahane (22*) steadied the Indian ship by putting on a 58-run partnership for the 4th wicket till stumps.
Kohli notched up his 13th Test half century and kept his love affair alive with the Vizag Stadium.