After losing the first Test against England, India on Day 2 of the second Test in Chennai seems to be in complete control of the game. India reached a score of 54 at the loss of one wicket at stumps, thereby maintaining a lead of 249 runs.
Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubham Gill gave the team a solid start. However, Gill was trapped by Jack Leach at a score of 14 runs. While Sharma scored 25 runs, he is being supported by Cheteswar Pujara who scored seven runs in the second innings by the end of Day 2.
Superb bowling by Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin took a five-wicket haul as England folded for 134 runs in the first innings, handing India a lead of 195 runs.
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. Ollie Pope and Ben Foakes combined in the middle and stopped Indian spinners from making further inroads.
Virat Kohli then turned to Mohammed Siraj and he delivered immediately dismissing Ollie Pope for 22 runs on his first ball of the match. Pope tried to flick the delivery off his pads but Rishabh Pant pulled off a one-handed stunner diving to his left to end Pope’s fighting innings.
With only few minutes left in Tea, Axar and Ashwin took two more wickets in quick succession to leave England reeling at 106/8 at Tea on the second day.
England ended the inning at a score of 134 after which India batted for 18 overs and scored 54 runs at the loss of one wicket.
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