England batsman Buttler wants more control from bowlers

Delia Watkins
December 10, 2016

Vijay mixed caution with aggression, and brought up his 15th test half-century off 126 balls. That was after Pujara had cut the first two balls of Anderson's second spell for four.

Ashwin had Cook in trouble in his last over, but Cheteshwar Pujara was not alert enough at short leg to catch a leading edge when the opener tried to turn the off spinner to the leg. Their 100-stand came off 195 balls. Shami has been India's standout bowler, hustling the England batsman with pace and movement.

WICKET! Ashwin picks up his first wicket of the match.

It was his seventh five-for in 2016.

If India can get to within 20-30 runs or surpass the English total on Day 3, they will have a significant advantage in the Test considering the form the Indian spinners displayed in the first innings. He was asked to open he did that brilliantly and also kept wickets very well. "He's got a very tight defense, looks a very, very good player", said Ashwin at the end of the day's play. England ended the day at 288/5 with Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler the two unbeaten batsmen for them. He was adjudged caught at slip off Ashwin after DRS review in favour of the bowler.

Rashid then went for the first single-figure score of the innings, playing no shot to a Jadeja arm ball which flicked the off bail.

They will have to bowl better than they have so far, though - a point made by both Buttler and, more pointedly, by India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel.

"Not playing cricket was the best thing that happened to me".

"So I had a little bit of luck, but I suppose that's the way the game goes sometimes".

"I woke up at five o'clock this morning, thinking I'd missed the bus, so jumped out of bed, panicked where everything was then settled myself down when I saw the time", said Jennings.

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"But of course as a cricketer, you want to be out there and be the one performing".

"It was very pleasing to get runs when the team needed them". Root was completely beaten by the flight of the ball, as he edged to Kohli at first slip.

Out! Bairstow is dismissed by Ashwin.

India skipper Virat Kohli welcomed week-long break between third and fourth Test which he feels benefitted the squad but also made it clear that the foot is firmly on the pedal as they are inching towards a much deserved series victory.

"Getting up to 400 keeps us in the hunt".

"Hopefully we can throw a few jibes and throw some punches back", he added. In this part of the world the game can accelerate when the ball is spinning.

He returned to the ground but was advised to rest for the remainder of the day.

Reading pitches in this series has been a little hard, with most expecting the wickets to do things, only for it to remain benign for large parts of the Test match.

Marais Erasmus came on as a substitute, while C Shamsuddin took on tv umpiring duties.

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