Joe Root stole the show again on day two, as he makes 218 to put England in a strong position at 555/8, as India fight back with four evening wickets.
Resuming day to on 263/3, with captain Joe Root on 128*, England looked to build on the positive play from day one. With 500 runs a minimum for the first innings, Root and new man Ben Stokes had to handsomely add to the good start.
Root morning in his calm fashion, only adding 14 to his overnight score inside the first hour. He was wrapped on the pads a couple of time but all where shown to be missing leg stump.
The morning session saw Root pass 150, the tenth time he has passed that score in his test career, now only one behind Alistair Cook for that record.
The afternoon session saw the captain pass 200 in beautiful style, advancing down the track to notch his second maximum straight over the bowlers head.
536 minutes after entering the crease, the captain fell. A beaufifilly played innings had to come to an end as he was trapped LBW by Nadeem. who earlier took the wicket of Ben Stokes.
Roots innings included 21 boundaries, including two maximums. Passing the temperment and fitness tests while at the crease.
Stokes, who entered play at the start of the day after Dom Sibley was trapped LBW last night had a mixed start to his aggressive innings.
He smashed Ashwin over his head for 6 early in the morning, as it became clear that the vice-captain trusted his attacking shots more than his defence
He had a few lives first dropped on 31 by Ashwin off his own bowling, a hard one handed chance came during a good period for Indian spinners. Dropped again on 32, an almost impossible chance, one handed dive to the left by Puraja. At this stage the batsman looked edgy before slog sweeping brilliantly for 6.
Stokes made batting look easy in the last 20 minutes, finding the boundry mulitple tiems of both the spinners and seamers.
Stokes who was the aggressor, had fields set stopping the boundaries off Nadeem, who with spin in towards the lefthander would have been best placed to trouble him: plan worked, the batsman not middling a slog sweep high and caught by Pujara on the boundary for 82, 387/4
The came a shaky period for Pope and Root, poor running and communications giving India half chances of runouts.
Pope found little momentum in his innings and fell for 34, getting trapped by a straight ball from Ravi Ashwin.
India’s fightback started, as Root fell in only the next over to leave England 477/6
Jos Buttler and Dom Bess added a battling 48 partnership. A combination of smart shots to the boundary, leg byes and edges helped the score increase.
India thought they had Buttler caught out, but the impire did not raise his finger. India out of reviews had to take the decesion on the chinm as ‘UltraEdge’ proved there was a spike as ball hit bat.
As often in cricket, the next ball was hit to the boundary, Buttler brining up England’s 500.
Buttler was eventually out for out 30, leaving Ishant Sharma’s ball that went on to hit the stumps, his useful partnership of 48 with Bess over.
Sharma bowled Archer first ball, small amount of swing beat archer who was so slow in getting any of his body moving.
The bowler taking his first two wickets of the match in his 23rd over. A testament to his immaculate bowling throughout. Now stranded on 299 test wickets.
England’s spin duo will return at the crease tomorrow morning, Bess 28* and Leach 6* looking to maybe add an extra 20 runs to the score.