The day belonged to India as they finished 289 runs ahead of England with 7 wickets in hand in the 2nd innings of the match. Once again, it was Ravichandran Ashwin who was the helm of things as he picked up 22nd five-wicket haul of his career to dismiss the Englishmen for 255 which was 200 runs behind India’s 1st innings score of 455.
Virat Kohli decided against enforcing the follow-on as India came out to bat just before tea. Stuart Broad and James Anderson troubled the Indian openers with some skilful bowling in their first spell which lasted 12 overs with Broad removing Rahul in the 11th over. Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara were dismissed soon after that thus putting India in a spot of bother. However, Kohli and Rahane led the revival and put on an unbeaten partnership of 58 runs for the 5th wicket with Kohli scoring yet another half-century.
India will be looking to extend their lead as the Kohli-Rahane duo comes out to bat tomorrow morning and build a healthy lead before declaring their innings.
Let’s take a look at some interesting numbers from the 3rd day’s play at Vizag.
1 - Ashwin has now scored a fifty and taken a five-for in the same Test on four occasions - most by an Indian, along with Kapil Dev.
2 – Ashwin is second on the list of most wickets taken this year, behind Rangana Herath’s 54.
4 - Ashwin is 4th on the list of most five-wicket hauls for India. He is behind Kapil Dev, Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble.
11.23 – Rahul’s average when he has scored less than 50
13 – Virat Kohli’s 13th half-century in Tests.
14 – Lowest aggregate for India's Top 3 in a Test inns at home: (Since 2000)
16- Pujara has been bowled 16 times since test debut
22 – 5 wicket hauls for Ravichandran Ashwin.
29.42 – Murali Vijay’s average in the 2nd innings of the test matches he has played.
50 – Ashwin is only the 2nd Indian bowler since Harbhajan Singh to take a 5 wicket haul in consecutive years.
223 – Virat Kohli’s 223* runs in the match is the he most by an Indian captain in a Test match vs England
2011 – No team has managed to avoid follow-on in India since 2011 after India scored 400 in 1st innings