(Updates at lunch)
February 7 (Reuters) – England posted a total of 578 opening innings before narrowing India to 59-2 at lunch on day three of the opening test in Chennai on Sunday.
On a slow track that offered little carry, fast bowler Jofra Archer fired the two Indian workers to leave the hosts reeling at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Home captain Virat Kohli was hitting four points at the break with Cheteshwar Pujara, who was 20, with India still 519 points behind.
Earlier, England’s tail added 23 points to their 555-8 overnight score before being all out.
Jasprit Bumrah (3-84) trapped Dom Bess lbw for 34, and Ravichandran Ashwin played James Anderson to finish with numbers 3-146.
India’s response was dealt a double blow by Archer.
Struck to a limit on the previous delivery, the fast bowler had Rohit Sharma taken from behind for six with a back-length delivery to the outside of the stump.
Shubman Gill played five exquisite limits on the other end, scoring at a running pace, before a superb piece of track and field from Anderson interrupted his stay.
Parked halfway through, Anderson dove to his left for a brilliant catch after Gill threw the ball while attempting a practice against Archer.