India started day three with an eye on restricting England as early as possible after striking late on day two. England began their day with 219-6and marched along nicely to earn lead of 24 runs before being bowled out for 319. India led by Murali Vijay’s resilient fifty are 169-4 effectively 145 at the end of third day’s play. The match now hangs in balance with two more days to go.In case you missed the action on third day here are five interesting highlights to give you a quick-guide of day’s play.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar claims another five-for:Perhaps the best bowler on tour Bhuvneshwar Kumar continued from where he left on day two. Bhuvi added two more wickets to his overnight tally of four as he removed Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad in one over to leave England 280-9. He ended with figures 6-82 and claimed his second five wicket haul in as many innings.
Liam Plunkett hands England lead:Liam Plunkett who on day two came ahead of Matt Prior to bat played his part as he notched up his maiden test half-century and helped England gain a lead of 24 runs. Plunkett also got support from James Anderson as the duo added 39-runs for the last wicket.
Cheteshwar Pujara & Murali Vijay stay firm: Shikhar Dhawan looked good for his 31 before playing a rash shot as he was caught at point. Vijay and Pujara then held the innings together and responded well. The two right-handers put on solid 78-runs for the second wicket.
Liam Plunkett pulls things back:With Pujara and Vijay in the middle things looked brighter for India as the two played grittily. Plunkett out of nowhere produced two quick wickets to peg rallying India back.He first dismissed Pujara who edged to keeper and then Virat Kohli who left a ball that went on to clip his off-stump. Plunkett’s effort meant England wereback in the hunt.
Murali Vijay and MS Dhoni stay unbeaten:India’s best bet with bat in the first innings Ajinkya Rahane got a harsh decision when umpire ruled him out, but the ball was actually hitting his elbow. England were completely on top of the game with Vijay holding fort for India. Captain MS Dhoni survived initial hiccups to stay unbeaten on 12 off 51 balls while Vijay who looked determined once again and completed his fifty, he was unbeaten on 59 when play ended.