India took complete control on Day 3 of the second Test, as they set a target of 482 runs for England to win the Test. Ravichandran Ashwin brought up his 5th Test hundred batting in front of his home crowd at Chepauk on Monday. In their venture to save the Test, England ended their proceedings on 53/3 at stumps.
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Post second day’s play, Ashwin was quoted saying, “You have to give it to the bowler, take your time and then cash in later. It’s another form of art, as simple as that.” And batting on tough conditions, Ashwin exhibited just that.
Ashwin played a crucial innings when India were languishing at 106/6. With Virat Kohli at the opposite end, he kneaded a 96-run partnership to stretch India’s lead. Kohli got his fifty but fell to run of play as he was dismiseed by Moen Ali on 62.
England’s Jack Leach and Ali combined to bag 4 wickets each on Day 3 as India were bowled out for 286 runs. In the opening session, England were on top of India’s top order in the first session.
Cheteshwar Pujara returned after a bizarre run-out. Rohit Sharma followed him soon as birthday bot Ben Foakes stumped him. Foakes was brilliant behind the wickets as he stumped Rishabh Pant as well. Rahane too was dismissed cheaply.
While Kohli stood his ground at one end, wickets kept falling from the other end. Axar Patel was trapped in front of the wicket and out came Ashwin. Kohli and Ashwin steadied India’s innings and played out the bowlers carefully.
Once Kohli departed, Ashwin anchored the innings alongside the tailenders. Kuldeep Yadav failed to get going, and Ishant Sharma helped stitch a 27 run partnership. Ishant too returned to the hut leaving Mohammad Siraj in the middle beside Ashwin.
Thereon, Ashwin batted more courageously to bring up his 5th Test hundred. Siraj played an entertaining knock of 16 hurting the English bowlers more. Ashwin finally chopped one onto his stumps off Olly Stone.
England: 53/3 at Sumps
Coming out to bat, Rory Burns and Dom Sibley batted with authority as they tried to emulate Kohli and Ashwin’s batting. The duo kept the attack at bay but not for long.
Dom Sibley was trapped in front by a straight delivery from Axar, Rory Burns fell to a leading edge off Ashwin while nightwatchman Leach handed a catch to leg slip. India need seven wickets to win and level the series on Day 4.