England heading towards defeat during third test in India

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England look set for yet another defeat against India after struggling to put up enough resistance against a tricky Indian bowling attack.

Ending the first innings with a 134-run deficit, the Three Lions needed a strong showing by their batsmen during the second innings.

However, the absence of the talented Haseeb Hameed at the top of the order has hindered the team's batting prowess, which is proving to be a slight concern for the side.

England ended day three with 78 runs on the board losing four wickets in the process, Ravichandran Ashwin doing most of the damage for the hosts taking 3-19.

Trailing by 56 runs, Alastair Cook and co. could be heading towards a second defeat in as many matches before the conclusion of the fourth day itself, barring a miraculous performance from England's middle and lower order.

India's tail-end were instrumental in putting up 417 on the scorecard in reply to England's 283 in the first innings, Ravindra Jadeja scoring 90 and Ashwin contributing a vital 72 to the total.

In a match where England's bowlers did little wrong, Ben Stokes bowled a solid spell, clinching 5 wickets for 73 runs.

Former England spinner Vic Marks commented: "It has been emphatically India's day. They looked so much more potent that England did this morning. Most of the damage was done by Ashwin with the bat yesterday, and then he has taken three wickets today. He is beguiling."

The English batting lineup received a shuffle as a result of Hameed's absence due to injury and the new top order were weak against the host's attack on a skiddy and uneven surface.

Cook, Moeen Ali and Stokes all fell to Ashwin while Jonny Bairstow nicked a Jayant Yadav delivery to keeper Parthiv Patel.

The most crucial point of this game, however, came when England had India at 271-6 during the first innings, but were not able to clean up their tail end.

India's last four wickets accumulated 213 runs and that looks set to be the big difference between the two sides in this Test

The visitors have struggled to recover from that blow and now seem to be edging ever closer to a 2-0 deficit in the five-match Test series.

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