England in a spin in third Test

25 February 2021 23:35:39 GMTPlus10

Wickets continued to fall on day two of the third Test in Ahmedabad, leaving England on the brink of defeat after only five sessions of the match.

Joe Root's men were bowled out for 81 in their second innings, having been rolled over for 112 on the first day, and India reached 11-0 at the dinner break, chasing a victory target of just 49.

England had fought back superbly early on day two of the day-night match, reducing India from 99-3 at the start of play to 145 all out.

Root claimed his maiden five-wicket haul in his 102nd Test appearance while spinner Jack Leach picked up four wickets but India's slow bowlers swiftly hit back in England's second innings.

Zak Crawley, who top-scored with 53 first time around, was bowled by Axar Patel for a first-ball duck and Jonny Bairstow soon followed Crawley back to the pavilion having bagged a pair on his return to the Test team.

Root (19) and Ben Stokes (25) put up some brief resistance but India's spinners continued to strike as Patel claimed his third consecutive five-wicket haul and Ravichandran Ashwin picked up his 400th Test wicket. 

England upset India in the first Test of the four-match series but the hosts hit back with a 317-run win in the second match in Chennai and Virat Kohli's men are poised to take a 2-1 lead with one Test remaining.

England are 51.00 to win the third Test.

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