Watch: Ravi Ashwin takes a 6-wicket haul against England
India’s veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was the star performer for the hosts at Chepauk Stadium in Chennai. When other bowlers struggled to get rid of English batsmen, Ravi Ashwin ripped through the defence of England’s batting line-up in the second innings.
Ashwin provided an early breakthrough for India by taking a wicket on the first ball of the first over of England’s second innings. The veteran off-spinner delivered a sensational delivery combined with turn and bounce which forced the opener Rory Burns to defend the ball in the first place.
In the process, the left-handed batsman ended up getting an edge as the ball went towards the slip. Ajinkya Rahane took the catch in his safe hands as England lost their first wicket in the first ball. Ravi Ashwin became the first Indian spinner to take a wicket on the first ball.
Ashwin ran riot as he went on to take more wickets as the overs progressed. The spinner went on to take his 28th fifer in Test cricket and ended up with 6 wickets in the second innings. After getting rid of Burns for a duck, Ashwin dismissed Dominic Sibley for 16 runs.
Ben Stokes who scored a vital 82 in the first innings was dismissed by Ashwin’s smart ball as the all-rounder got an inside edge with the bat. Rishabh Pant took a sharp catch from behind the stumps. When the lower-order batsmen tried their best to frustrate the Indian bowlers by adding runs, Ashwin once again came and did a lot of damage.
The 34-year-old spinner got rid of Dom Bess, Jofra Archer and James Anderson to get a 6-fer. The spinner took 3 wickets in the first innings and overall, he took 9 wickets in his hometown.
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England were all out for 178 in the second innings. Earlier, they posted 578 in the first innings. The visitors set up a massive target of 420. Jack Leach provided a great start to the game by dismissing Rohit Sharma early on for 12 runs.
Four days have been done and dusted. With one more day to go, Team India need 381 runs to win the Test match. Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara scored 15 and 12 respectively at the end of Day 4. Both the batsmen will kick-start the fight on the fifth and final day at Chepauk Stadium.