Kohli led from the front after losing early wickets, IND are 156/6 at Lunch, lead past 350-run mark

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

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Feb 15, 2021 11:52 IST
Kohli led from the front after losing early wickets, IND are 156/6 at Lunch, lead past 350-run mark
India vs England IND vs ENG, 2nd Test, Day 3 (Image source: ICC twitter handle)

India vs England IND vs ENG, 2nd Test, Day 3 Live Updates: Indian Skipper Virat Kohli led his side from the front with a positive mindset, solid with his defense, rotating the strike well, and cashing in on the loose balls to help India stretch the lead past the 300-run mark. Team India are now in the commanding position here in Chennai on Day 3. Ashwin provided support from the other end and the veteran spinner has come out with a good approach as well to help his skipper in stretching India's lead. The duo put together a decisive 50-run stand for the seventh wicket.

England chipping away in the first hour and then India fighting back through Virat and Ashwin, who put on a masterclass helping the hosts edge ahead as their lead has swelled to 351. The unsung hero for England has been the Birthday boy Ben Foakes, who's been outstanding with his keeping duties. It all started with Pujara running himself out in a bizarre manner in the first over of Day 3.

Skipper Kohli also has been solid and looked largely untroubled despite some deliveries spinning sharply. India head into Lunch at 156/6 and the hosts are leading England by 351 runs. Virat Kohli remains unbeaten on 38 while Ashwin (34*) giving him good company from the other end. Jack Leach has the pick of the English bowlers as he took 3/63.

Earlier on Day 3, India lost their wickets at regular intervals. Rohit Sharma followed soon, Pant's lasted only 11 balls, Rahane and Axar couldn't kick in as the visitors pegged India back only for the senior pros in Virat and Ashwin to turn the tide back in their team's favour.

Cheteshwar Pujara has departed for 7, run out by Ollie Pope and wicket-keeper Ben Foakes. He comes down the track and flicks the ball to short leg. As he was getting back to the crease, he tried to slide the bat in but it got stuck into the pitch just outside the crease and he dropped it and tried getting back in, but couldn't do so in time.

England 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.