Half-centuries by Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin kept India on course for a first innings lead after England made a spirited comeback on day two of the third test on Sunday.
Having bowled out England for 283 earlier in the morning, India looked in charge at 148-2 at tea before Adil Rashid's double strike jolted the hosts who lost three wickets in 19 balls to slump to 156-5.
Ashwin enhanced his new-found batting reputation with an unbeaten 57 while all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was batting on 31 at stumps with India trailing by 12 runs.
A look at how the experts summed up the day's play.
Adil Rashid belongs in Test cricket
Michael Vaughan, BBC
England leg-spinner Adil Rashid has realised he "belongs" in Test cricket, says former captain Michael Vaughan.
Rashid took three wickets on the second day of the third Test against India to take his tally for the series to 16, more than any other bowler.
"He's found that he belongs here," Vaughan, who was critical of England's spinners during the second Test, told Test Match Special.
"He looks himself in the mirror and says, 'I can play Test cricket'."
Rashid managed 15 wickets in his previous five Tests but in taking 16 in three against India he has taken the most in a series by an England leg-spinner since Doug Wright's 23 against Australia in 1946-47.
"It's nice to have those stats but stats don't mean that much to me," Rashid, 28, told BBC Sport. "I don't look that far ahead, who is leading or isn't leading, I just try to do my job.
"Sometimes you don't bowl that good a ball, you get a wicket. Sometimes you bowl jaffas, they get wickets. That's part and parcel of cricket and being a leg-spinner."
Stokes shows restraint as he has last laugh on Virat Kohli
Ali Martin, The Guardian
Ben Stokes has long had a reputation for being able to “make something happen” but on the second day in Mohali, when still smarting from the official reprimand that followed an industrial exchange with Virat Kohli 24 hours earlier, this often combustible all-rounder for once made damn sure it did not.
Stokes has become a lightning rod for flashpoints during his career but after the key wicket of Kohli in the evening session – the Indian captain caught behind on 62 and the dismissal continuing what was something of a post-tea resurrection from England – he instead opted to exert some control, simply turning away from the departing batsman and placing his hand over his mouth.
While it may have still been playing up to the cameras a touch, his response could easily have gone another way. Stokes has been privately seething since the first day when, upon being stumped for 29 in the afternoon, he heard what he believed to be a crude sendoff from the India captain. His response then was to convey some choice words back, only to find himself, but not Kohli, in front of the match referee after stumps.
However, this time around, having teased the edge of Kohli’s bat with a ball that nipped away a touch for what could yet prove a pivotal moment in this intriguing Test match, Stokes made the smart choice. England may not want their all-rounder to lose his fiery side but neither do they want to lose him to suspension.
Adil Rashid leads fight back for visitors but Ashwin stands firm to give India the edge
Scyld Berry, Telegraph
England were hauled back into the third Test by three top-order wickets from Adil Rashid, two sensational pieces of fielding, and one stubborn refusal by Ben Stokes to accept defeat - a defeat which England’s batsmen had invited by their profligate under-performance in being rolled over, after Alastair Cook had won a priceless toss, for 283.
Before the start of the second day, as usual, England’s cricketers divided up into two teams and played non-contact football on the outfield. If the game ended 2-2, there must have been four own goals, as a continuation of their batting on day one. But nobody would be more aware of that than they, and to their collective credit they fought to extricate themselves from the hole they had dug with their bats.
Of the six Indian dismissals on day two, Jos Buttler’s took the prize. He and England were on their knees when, from point, he threw down the stumps at the non-striker’s end to dismiss the debutant Karun Nair. It was the sort of fielding that Paul Collingwood might have effected. It was the sort of fielding that a specialist number seven batsman, like Buttler, has to effect if he is to make himself undroppable.
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