IND vs ENG 2nd Test, Day 3 Highlights: England lose early wickets chasing India's mammoth 481

India vs England 2nd Test Highlights: England have restricted India at 286 in their second innings. At Stumps on Day 3, England stammering on 53/3. Joe Root remains unbeaten on 2 while Lawrence gives full support from another end.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Feb 15, 2021 17:59 IST
IND vs ENG 2nd Test, Day 3 Highlights: England lose early wickets chasing India's mammoth 481
India vs England IND vs ENG 2nd Test, Day 3. (Image source: BCCI Twitter)

IND vs ENG 2nd Test Day 3 Highlights: Day 3: Stumps - England need 429 runs

Brief scores: IND - 329 & 286 (Ashwin 106, Kohli 62; Moeen 4/98, Leach 4/100)

ENG - 134 & 53/3 (Lawrence 19* Joe Root 2* Axar Patel 2/15, Ashwin 1/28)

The opening Test between India and England (IND vs ENG) is being played at Chepauk Stadium in Chennai. Virat Kohli-led Team India will be the happier side at the end of another enthralling day of cricket and it ends with India 7 wickets away from levelling the series at 1-1. Chasing IND's mammoth 481, the tourists lost their three wickets cheaply. R Ashwin continues his good form and notched his fifth Test ton to keep England in check. His battle with English bowlers was one of the highlights of Day 3. 

Meanwhile, the hosts have bowled well to leave England stammering on 53/3 at the end of day three. The hosts will need seven wickets, while England needs an improbable 429 more to win. England captain Joe Root remains unbeaten on a mere 2 while Lawrence gives full support from another end. For India, Axar Patel grabs a piece whereas local lad Ashwin has picked Burns' wicket.

In their second innings, Indian bowlers are right on the money as uprooted three Englishmen. Sibley didn't last long, followed by Rory Burns though fell towards the end of the day's play and then the night-watchman Leach, dismissed for a first-ball duck. Root survived by the inches of margin possible, and it's up to him to lead England's fight tomorrow. 

Earlier on Day 3, Ashwin entered the crease and supported by skipper Kohli in a crucial 96-run partnership for the seventh wicket that was the driving force behind India setting England a mammoth target of 481. Kohli and Ashwin batted for nearly 30 overs, showcasing good application along with strong in defense, running well and rotating the strike regularly, and cashing in on loose deliveries - to lead India's rearguard effort.

Skipper Virat Kohli has also scored a steller 62-run knock and at the back end of the innings, Mohammad Siraj smacked a few out the park as well. England flagged off as the day progressed, conceding easy runs and losing discipline, with both balls and in the field. India were bowled out for 286, having left a gigantic target of 482 for the visitors.

The hosts were posted a decent 329 in the first innings. In reply, England were bundled out for just 134 as R Ashwin picked up his 29th five-wicket haul. Axar Patel also picked a piece. R Ashwin was the pick of the Indian bowlers with 5/43. In their second innings, India takes a 249-run lead on Day 3, with 9 wickets in hand.