Alastair Cook's stumps smashed during England batting collapse vs India

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England are already fighting to stay in the second Test against India following an untimely mini batting collapse on day two in Visakhapatnam.

The tourists' bowlers had battled well to limit India to 455 all out, having resumed on 317-4 but still face an uphill task to salvage anything from the match after losing five wickets for just 103 runs by the close of play.

On a pitch that looks set to deteriorate and will only get more difficult to bat on, it will require an almighty effort for Alastair Cook's men to escape without a defeat.

Virat Kohli once again proved why he is so imperious on home soil by top scoring with 167 before eventually falling to Moeen Ali while Ravi Ashwin and Jayant Yadav also added useful runs towards the end of the innings.

The efforts from Ali and co. to keep India's score down would have given Cook plenty of faith his side could still pick up a win but England's response could not have got off to a much worse start.

Less than three overs into the innings and with just four runs on the board, the England captain fell to a spectacular delivery from Mohammed Shami.

The 26-year-old paceman caught Cook off-guard with a brilliant piece of bowling that swung back into the left-hander, beat the bat and smashed into the off-stump with such velocity that it actually snapped.

As you can see by Cook's reaction in the video below, he was not a happy man.

That's probably because he could have forecasted what was about to happen.

Despite Joe Root, along with Haseeb Hameed, briefly steadying the ship, a calamitous run out prompted a flurry of wickets.

In the space of 14 overs, Hameed, Ben Duckett, Root and Ali all got out for just 29 runs.

Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow nursed the visitors to the close on 103-5 but the damage has already been done.

England coach Paul Farbrace was heavily critical of his side's second-day performance and thought there was a lack of fight at the crease.

"We're massively disappointed. We looked like we got a bit frenetic - we didn't cope very well. We didn't show enough fight. Those are times when we need to show a bit more resilience and get stuck in," Farbrace said, as per BBC Sport.

"That's the skill of the batsman - working out how you're going to play. International cricket finds you out quickly."

"There are times where you've got to adapt your game. If we are going to be successful as a team, we have to cope well in all conditions."

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