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England 205/10 (75.5 ov)
India 294/7 (94 ov)
Current Run Rate 0
Day Break : Day 2 Session 3, India lead by 89 runs.
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34
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51
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2.87
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Stumps (Day 2): They say there is a lot more time than one thinks there actually is - both Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar have validated that adage today. The first two sessions saw England strangle the Indian batting lineup but two and a half hours of sheer brilliance from Pant and Sundar have put India in front at the end of the second day. The day began with Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara having to deal with a barrage of seam off the surface - both Anderson and Stokes were immaculate with Stokes in particular, resorting to an aggressive short-pitched approach. The batsmen were put on a leash and the breakthrough came from Jack Leach - removing Pujara plumb in front on the stroke of drinks. Following him was skipper Virat Kohli, who was undone by a ripper of a bouncer from Ben Stokes for a duck. Rohit Sharma looked the part yet again and though Ajinkya Rahane tried to get a move on, he couldn't convert his start of 27 as he was caught at slip right at the stroke of lunch.

The second session saw runs coming more comfortably - something you expect with Rishabh Pant out in the middle. Rohit looked solid again and fell one short of a well-deserved half-century having grit it out for 144 deliveries. Pant kept motoring along at the other end while Ben Stokes was sensational for England - he just kept steaming in whenever Joe Root wanted him to and was relentless in his quest for wickets! Anderson was miserly as ever and Jack Leach was tidy as well which is why it was really surprising to seem him not bowl as much.

With a deficit in excess of 50 to rub off in the final session, all eyes were on Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar - and boy did they step up to the plate or what! Complementing one another, the duo went about rubbing off the deficit and building a really impressive lead for India. The England bowlers looked totally deflated and tired - Stokes could do with a nice massage session having toiled away all day. He was nowhere near his penetrative best in that final session. Root bowled out an entire hour and kept it tight from one end until the second new ball was due but the runs kept coming from the other end. The new ball seemed to catapult Rishabh Pant into T20 mode as he charged Anderson and dispatched him to the fence - he even brought out an audacious reverse ramp of a delivery pitched up in the corridor! Pant eventually reached his 3rd test century in style - slogging Root over the mid-wicket fence but he departed soon after, picking out the fielder off a short delivery. Sundar then shifted gears and brought up a fifty of his own and along with Axar Patel, saw the hosts through to the close of play with a lead of 89 runs and three wickets in hand. England's selection tactics will be talked about at large - more so now given that they didn't bowl their spinners as much as one would have expected and they fell short of the day's quota by a mammoth 8 overs!

The day belonged to a certain Rishabh Pant - batting out nearly two whole sessions in humid conditions, what stood out was his mix of caution and calculated aggression. He seems to be mastering the art of playing to the merit of the ball while also bringing out an array of shots through the off-side. A roller-coaster run in test cricket this year has been rightfully capped off with a century to savour for the ages! Five years ago, him and Washington Sundar were plying their trade for the national U19 team. Today, they put up another heroic effort at the highest level of this sport to put India in command.

The ebbs and flows of this beautiful spectacle called test cricket continues to enthrall us. England will hope to wrap up the Indian innings within the first half hour of Day 3, else this game and series will all but slip away from them for good. They need a much-improved show from their batsmen against an quality Indian attack and the pitch won't get any easier to bat on. 

Can England stage a comeback or will Day 3 end up being the final day of this series? Its been a pleasure bringing you all the updates as the action unfolded today. Do join us tomorrow morning for what should be a Super Saturday. Until then, on behalf of my colleague Prashanth, this is Sooryanarayanan calling it a day. Goodbye and take care!
A gritty day's test cricket comes to a close. The players can now go and put their feet up. India end the day on 294/7 as stumps are drawn on Day 2
Over: 94 | Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 Bowler: Jack Leach Score: 294/7
93.6 Jack Leach to Axar Patel, full-length ball on stump line and Axar plays it out as that will be STUMPS on DAY 2!
93.5 Jack Leach to Axar Patel, beaten down the leg side this time is Axar but no damage done this time
93.4 Jack Leach to Axar Patel, HUGE APPEAL! Pads this one away from well outside the off-stump and Root decides against the review as well this time
93.3 Jack Leach to Axar Patel, length ball on off-stump and Patel is back in his crease to play this one out to the leg side
93.2 Jack Leach to Axar Patel, tossed up outside the off-stump and Axar stretches out to defend this one to the off side
93.1 Jack Leach to Axar Patel, length ball outside the off-stump beats the outside edge of Axar as he goes back looking to play this one away
Bess looking better towards the end of the day. Asking a couple of questions but the wickets column remains empty. Should be the final over of the day with the clock ticking 5
Over: 93 | Summary: 2 0 0 0 0 0 Bowler: Dom Bess Score: 294/7
92.6 Dom Bess to Washington Sundar, GIVEN LBW! Sundar reviews this one, wraps him on the pads with a length ball as he was rocking back to this.

Big spike on ultra-edge and there is a big inside edge on this one. He will have to change his decision here
92.5 Dom Bess to Washington Sundar, length ball just outside the off-stump and Sundar goes back and defends this one back towards the bowler
92.4 Dom Bess to Washington Sundar, tossed up on off-stump and Sundar get nicely forward to defend it to the off side.
92.3 Dom Bess to Washington Sundar, sharp turn this time, dips into Sundar and spins sharply to beat the outside edge. Third umpire checking for a stumping, but he is in safely
92.2 Dom Bess to Washington Sundar, full-length ball on off-stump and Sundar drives this one straight back towards the bowler
92.1 Dom Bess to Washington Sundar, JUST OVER! Lucky is Sundar this time, tossed up outside the off-stump and Sundar has chipped this one in the air and it just goes over mid-off for a couple
Another over ticks by with the batsmen continuing to look unfazed. Inching towards the close of play here at Motera
Over: 92 | Summary: 0 0 0 1 1 0 Bowler: Jack Leach Score: 292/7
91.6 Jack Leach to Axar Patel, length ball on stump line and Axar is back this time as he defends this one out to the off side
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