Visakhapatnam - India
were on the cusp of a 1-0 series lead after England's batsmen buckled
under pressure to lose five wickets on the final day of the second Test
in Visakhapatnam on Monday.
Chasing 405 for victory, England were 142 for seven at lunch with
wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow (23) and Zafar Ansari (0) battling
at the crease, with two more sessions of play remaining.
The visitors, who resumed the day on 87 for two, were still 263 runs
behind their victory target with India needing three wickets to take the
lead in the five-match series after the opening Test ended in a draw.
World number one Test bowler Ravichandran Ashwin provided the first
breakthrough of the day by having Ben Duckett caught behind for nought,
ending the batsman's brief, 16-ball stay at the crease.
Moeen Ali (two) did not last long either after the batsman looped up a simple catch to fine leg off leg-spinner Ravindra Jadeja.
Debutant off-spinner Jayant Yadav got the important wicket of Ben
Stokes, who top-scored with 70 in England's first innings, for six.
Root, who was dropped on one by captain Virat Kohli at leg slip off
Ashwin, provided some resistance until fast bowler Mohammed Shami had
Root, who scored a gritty 25, reviewed the decision but TV replays
suggested the ball would have got the leg stump, upholding the onfield
The hosts had reclaimed the advantage on the fourth day after Jadeja
trapped England skipper Alastair Cook lbw for 54 on what turned out to
be the last ball of the day.
Openers Cook and Haseeb Hameed (25) had given England hope of saving
the Test with their 75-run opening stand before the Indian spinners