(Photo) R Ashwin throws a counterpunch even as wickets tumble around him

It was catching practice for Keegan Petersen as Shardul Thakur guided a nothing ball to him in gully. The loosener was short and stopped a bit on Thakur who tried to steer it square in the point region but ended up offering a sitter. India were 157/7 when the soft dismissal transpired, although R Ashwin has blended caution with aggression to steer India to safer waters ever since. The all-rounder, who has five Test centuries to his name, is currently batting on 44 off 45 balls, holding the fort for India even as wickets tumble around him.