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Cricket - India v England - Second Test cricket match - Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam, India - 18/11/16. England's Moeen Ali (2nd R) celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of India's Wriddhiman Saha. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Cricket - India v England - Second Test cricket match - Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam, India - 18/11/16. England's Moeen Ali (2nd R) celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of India's Wriddhiman Saha. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

VISAKHAPATNAM, India (Reuters) - England off-spinner Moeen Ali claimed three quick wickets to help restrict India to 415 for seven on the second morning of the second test on Friday.

All-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin was closing in on his second half-century of the series and was unbeaten on 47 with debutant off-spinner Jayant Yadav not out on 26 at the other end.

Resuming the second day on 317-4 in the first ever test match in the port city of Visakhapatnam, captain Virat Kohli and Ashwin steered India smoothly with a fifth wicket partnership of 35.

There was more assistance for the spinners than the first day and Moeen got Ashwin, on 17, to edge one straight to Ben Stokes at slip.

Stokes failed to hold on to the straightforward chance but made amends in the very next ball, catching Kohli when the India captain attempted a cover drive.

Kohli, who was unbeaten on 151 overnight, hit 18 boundaries in his knock of 167.

Moeen dismissed Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja in the same over to reduce India to 363-7.

Saha wasted a review on a plumb lbw decision while Jadeja did not appeal his leg-before dismissal to a delivery which, replays confirmed, was missing the stumps.

Ashwin, who scored 70 and 32 in the first test at Rajkot, and Yadav then added 52 for the unbroken eighth wicket to keep India on track for a big first innings total.

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by Amlan Chakraborty)


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