Birthday Boy Ben Foakes marks with scintillating 'Glove-work' behind Stumps to keep India in check

India vs England IND vs ENG, 2nd Test, Day 3 Live Updates: India are 156/6 at Lunch and leading England by 351 runs. Virat Kohli remains unbeaten on 38 while R Ashwin (34*) giving him good company from the other end.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Feb 15, 2021 12:48 IST
Birthday Boy Ben Foakes marks with scintillating 'Glove-work' behind Stumps to keep India in check
Ben Foakes has been brilliant behind the stumps. (Image source: Getty images)

India vs England IND vs ENG, 2nd Test: The mute hero for England has been the birthday boy Ben Foakes, who's been outstanding with his keeping duties. It all started with Pujara's bizarre run out in the first over of today's morning. The Englishman cannot put a foot wrong up till now in the ongoing Chennai Test. After playing instrumental roles in dismissing Rohit Sharma early on Day 3 of India vs England 2nd Test, Foakes got rid of the in-form Rishabh Pant cheaply. Notably, Ben Foakes is celebrating his 28th birthday and he couldn't have asked for better performance with the gloves. 

During India's second innings, in the 26th over when Rishabh Pant stepped down the crease and tried to smack Jack Leach for a six as he has done on several occasions throughout the series. However, the ball spun extensively and Pant ended up missing it completely and departs for only 8. He collected it at an awkward height, however, he dislodged the bails in a flash to send him back.

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Foakes has been a day to remember and the stumper will look to continue in the same fashion. Despite dismissing Pant, Foakes also get rid of India's new-wall Cheheshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma with his exceptional efforts with the gloves. He's marked it with a scintillating keeping behind the stumps. 

Meanwhile, Indian captain Virat Kohli has been rock solid and looked untroubled despite some deliveries that have spun sharply. India are 156/6 at Lunch break and currently leading by 351 runs. Kohli stays unbeaten on 38 while R Ashwin (34*) giving him good company from the other end. Jack Leach has the pick of the English bowlers as he grabbed three wickets whereas Moeen Ali took a piece.

Earlier on Day 2, the visitors were bundled out for a paltry 134 in reply to India's first innings score of 329. Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the Indian bowlers with 5/43. In their second innings, India takes a 249-run lead into Day 3, with nine wickets in hand.