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England grind out runs in second Test

Press Association logoPress Association 18/11/2016 David Clough

Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow showed more of the fight England's coaches were calling for in a much-needed century stand against India on the third morning of the second Test in Visakhapatnam.

Assistant coach Paul Farbrace criticised a lack of resilience after the tourists stumbled to 5-80 the previous evening in reply to India's imposing 455.

He absolved the sixth-wicket pair, who had batted through much of the final hour to limit the damage - and they were due more praise for a partnership of 110 before Bairstow was dismissed just before lunch as England went to the break at 6-191.

The tourists are still 264 runs in arrears on the first innings.

Bairstow was bowled aiming across a full ball from Umesh Yadav, and England still face a mighty task to escape defeat and go to Mohali next week still all square with three to play after the first Test was drawn.

Stokes (55no) and Bairstow (53) had at least revived some hope, maybe even belief, that England had it in them to make India work hard for their success.

Stokes was cashing in on his uncanny piece of luck on Friday evening, 'bowled' for three by Jayant Yadav when the ball brushed the off bail but failed to dislodge it.

On the resumption Virat Kohli deployed a spin-pace combination through the first hour, in which England suffered no alarms.

Bairstow's only moment of concern came before he took strike, when he stumbled as he skipped out to bat and appeared to twist an ankle.

Once in the middle, this year's leading Test runscorer was soon walking and batting soundly.

His and Stokes' stand had already almost doubled the England total by the time India turned again to spin at both ends.

They had turn and a little variable bounce on their side, but nothing horribly untoward as Stokes reached his 108-ball fifty and Bairstow followed from 137 deliveries shortly afterwards.

The century partnership, this pair's third of a prolific year, also came up with the same Bairstow boundary - a thick edge to third-man off Ravindra Jadeja.

Bairstow's departure, however, was a reminder of the perilous position in which England have found themselves.

England were expecting to discover the results of scans on Stuart Broad's injured right foot by late afternoon local time.

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