Watch: Chopra predicts Ashwin’s threat ahead of first-ball wicket
The first Test between India and England in Chennai has been one heck of a challenging battle. Both teams are giving everything to outsmart each. England dominated India in the first innings by posting a whopping total of 578 with the help of Joe Root’s fifth double century.
England bowlers bowled really well as they restricted India to 337 in the first innings. Dominic Bess was the pick of the bowlers as he took 4 wickets to his credit. Rishabh Pant was the pick of the batsmen as he scored 91 off 88 deliveries.
Washington Sundar also batted really well as he scored an unbeaten 85 down the order. England resumed the innings with a healthy lead of 241 and were already in total control of the game.
Aakash Chopra predicts Ashwin’s threat in the second innings
England were already in driver’s seat against India with a strong lead. As Indian bowlers failed to deliver in the first innings rose to the occasion and delivered the goods in the second innings. Ahead of the second innings, cricket analyst Aakash Chopra had predicted Ravi Ashwin’s threat.
Ravi Ashwin bowled the first over of the second innings took a wicket in the very first ball as he dismissed Rory Burns for a golden duck. Aakash Chopra’s prediction came true as Ashwin posed a threat right from the first ball.
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Ashwin bowled a spectacular delivery and the left-handed opening batsman Burns tried to defend the ball. However, while doing so, he got an inside edge as Ajinkya Rahane took a superb catch at the slip. Thus, Ashwin became the first Indian spin bowler to take a wicket in the first ball of the Test innings.
As the game went on, India restricted England to a low-scoring total of 178 in the second innings. Ravi Ashwin was the star of the show as he took 6 wickets to his name. India were tasked to chase 420 in the second innings.
The Indian batting attack lost Rohit Sharma for 12 runs. Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara will resume fight on Day 5 as India need 381 runs to win. It is not that easy to chase down the total. The first Test match is likely to end in a draw although India will try their best to win the match.