Ashwin leads India to an invincible position on the 2nd day of 2nd test 

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  • Ashwin (5/43) gets his 29th fifer in test cricket to put India in an invincible position in 2nd test .England 134 allout in 1st innings to trail by 195.
  • India’s last 4 wickets fell for only 29 runs as England restrict India to 329 in 1st innings. 
  • England did not concede any extras in India’s 1st innings 
  • Rishabh Pant scored his 4th fifty in 4 consecutive tests 
  • Axar Patel gets Joe Root as his 1st test wicket 
  • India reached 54/1 in 2nd innings . Leads by 249. 

Magnificent bowling by the Indian spinners on admittedly an ideal spinning pitch led by Ashwin helped India to completely dominate day 2 of the 2nd test as expected.  After India ‘s 1st innings of 329. England were all at sea as Indian spinners dominated the day’s  play to finally put India right on top in this test  to level the series.

The day started with India 300/6 and looking to extend the total to beyond 350. However the Indian tail once again faltered with wickets falling in a heap. Moeen dismissed Axar(5)  and Ishant the same over to reduce India to 300/8 which prompted Pant to get after Moeen and tonk him for 2 more sixes . Pant duly completed his 50 but was left notout on 58 as Olly Stone rapidly wiped off the tail to get 3/47. Moeen got 4/128 as India were bowled out for 329.

One positive side for England in Indian innings is that the bowling side did not concede a single extra which speaks volumes of the bowlers discipline and Ben Foakes keeping who kept for 7 hours on a viciously  spinning wicket and did not concede any byes or leg byes. 

329 is the highest score made with zero extras, & also the fifth longest innings without an extra, and longest in 1878 Tests played since July 1962. So great discipline by England here as they create history.  Sadly their batters failed to live upto their standards. 

With balls spinning and bouncing , India lost no time to introduce Ashwin with new ball though it was Ishant who got the 1st wicket of Rory Burns lbw for nought as DRS could not save the southpaw  . Soon carnage followed with Ashwin getting Sibley (16) caught at leg slip of an attempted sweep as the ball lobbed up off the back of the bat . and Axar got the prized wicket of Root (6) caught in deep after sweeping against the turn. Incidently Root became Axar’s 1st test wicket.  Lawrence’s (8) tortured stay ended  in a catch at short leg off Ashwin and soon after lunch Stokes (18) was bowled by a beauty from Ashwin as the ball dipped in and spun away to hit off stump as England slipped to 52/5.

Ollie Pope (22) and Ben Foakes got into a partnership and both were playing with lot of determination and application looking to rotate the strike  till Pope got out to a breathtaking leg side catch by Pant off Siraj to leave England at 87/6.  It was a soft dismissal after Pope looked well settled. 

It was all Ben Foakes for the rest of the innings . As Ashwin and Ishant  cut through the lower order getting his 29th fifer in tests , Foakes (42notout) inspite of not getting enough support from the bowlers , played a courageous knock dealing with the difficult pitch to stay unbeaten as well as utilise scoring oppurtunities as England were knocked over for 134.  For India , apart from  Ashwin’s fifter , Axar & Ishant  claimed 2 wickets each and Siraj took one. Pant took two excellent diving catches against pacers showing his fitness and  increasing confidence behind stumps. 

India batted out remainder of the day to notch up 54/1 with Rohit unbeaten in 26 and surviving few close calls. Gill (14) was the lone man out lbw to Leach.  With 249 run  lead , India are in no hurry as they can bat the whole of 3rd day and put England totally out of reckoning in this test with 3 days to go and no rain threats at Chennai. 

Brief scores : India 1st inngs  329 ( Rohit Sharma 161, Rahane 67, Pant 58* , Moeen Ali 4/128, Stone 3/47)

England 1st inngs  134 ( Foakes 42* , Ashwin 5/43) 

India 2nd inngs  54/1 ( Rohit Sharma 26*)

India lead by 249 runs 

*** by Amitava Mukherjee 

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