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England needs 429 runs to win Chennai Test

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The position of England in the Chennai test went from bad to worse as the visitors lost three wickets early on in their second innings. England now needs 429 runs and a miracle to win the second Test.

England’s shaky start

Its openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley gave their wickets after scoring just 25 and 3 runs, respectively. Jack Leech too was dismissed on the first delivery he faced, but Daniel Lawrence and Joe Root ensured that England does not lose any more wickets. They remained unbeaten at a score of 19 and 3 runs, respectively, at stumps.

Ravichandran Ashwin shines again

After exhibiting some terrific bowling in the first innings against England, Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday scored a century to push team India’s score in the second innings to 286 runs. He faced 148 deliveries to score 106 runs that include 14 boundaries and a maximum. Skipper Virat Kohli, meanwhile, scored 62 runs in the second innings.

Out of the three dismissals of England, two wickets were taken by Axar Patel, whereas Ashwin took one wicket.

Notably, India had scored 329 runs in their first innings against England in the second Test. On the contrary, England could score only 134 runs in the first innings. Ravichandran Ashwin had taken a five-wicket haul handing India a lead of 195 runs at the end of Day 2.

On Day 2, Ashwin rattled Stuart Broad’s timber in the final session to complete the 29th five-wicket haul of his Test career. Ashwin had picked two wickets each in the first two sessions. Ashwin accounted for the dismissals of three top-order batsmen, including Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley.

He cleaned up Ben Stokes in the middle session with a beauty to leave England in deep trouble, with half of their batsmen back in the hut with just 52 runs on the board.

 

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