Watch: Ashwin bowls a peach of a delivery to dismiss Stokes
Indian opener Rohit Sharma and veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had their moments during the second Test match against England at Chepauk Stadium in Chennai. While Rohit stole the spotlight on Day 1 by scoring a fantabulous 161 including 19 fours and 2 sixes, Ravi Ashwin hogged the limelight on Day 2 by taking crucial wickets for the side.
Earlier, India ended the first day with 300/6. But England made a great comeback by taking the remaining four wickets on the second day. Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant scored 67 and 58 runs respectively. Moeen Ali was the pick of the bowlers as he took 4 wickets to his name.
Olly Stone took 3 wickets. In reply to India’s decent total, England lacked firepower with the bat as they kept on losing wickets are regular intervals. In fact, their batting was quite clueless. Ishant Sharma provided a great start to the game by trapping Rory Burns (0) for a leg before wicket.
After that Ravi Ashwin took the wicket of Dominic Sibley. Debutant Axar Patel got the prized wicket of England captain Joe Root. Then again, Ashwin provided a breakthrough by dismissing Daniel Lawrence. When England were struggling at 39/1, Ben Stokes came out to bat.
However, the all-rounder didn’t last long as Ravi Ashwin found a way to dismiss him at the best scene. The veteran off-spinner bowled a spectacular delivery which outclassed Ben Stokes. The all-rounder was clean bowled by Ravi Ashwin. Stokes departed after scoring 18.
Watch the video:
Ashwin to Stokespic.twitter.com/ik2LTig9MP
— PUBG (@pubg75112241) February 14, 2021
England were bowled out for a paltry score of 134. Ravi Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers as he registered his 29th five-wicket haul in his Test career. Axar Patel and Ishant Sharma took 2 wickets each. England wicket-keeper batsman Ben Foakes top-scored with 42.
In reply, India ended Day 2 with 54/1. England’s left-arm spinner Jack Leach took the wicket of Shubman Gill in the second ball of the 12th over. Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara are batting on 25 and 8 respectively.
Rohit hit 2 fours and a six while Pujara hit a four to his name. India are in the driver’s seat as they lead by 249 runs. The hosts are the favourites to win the second Test match. They are certain to add more runs to the scoreboard and mount pressure on the visitors.