India 54/1 at Stumps on Day 2, Lead England by 249 Runs
Live updates from Day 2 of the Chennai Test between India and England.
Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara batted out the last few minutes of play on Day 2 as India finished at 54/1 at Stumps in Chennai.
Opener Shubman Gill was the one wicket to fall, with Jack Leach getting him out on 14.
Pujara and Rohit’s partnership added 12 runs off 40 deliveries before the end of play. Pujara did not take the field earlier in the day during the England innings due to a finger injury.
England on Sunday were bowled out for 134 in their first innings in the final session on Day 2 of the second Test, thereby conceding a 195-run lead against India at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes was the lone England batsman who could tackle the Indian bowlers on a wearing Chepauk pitch. He remained not out on 42 runs for which he consumed 107 balls. The right-handed batsman hit four boundaries during the course of his innings.
Ollie Pope (22) and Ben Stokes (18) were the other two batters who made notable contributions during the England innings which came to an end inside 60 overs.
England opener Rory Burns was the first wicket to fall, given out lbw to Ishant Sharma and while he did use a DRS appeal, replays showed the ball would have nicked the leg-stump, and the decision stayed. Out on a duck.
Dom Sibley added 16 runs to the tally before falling victim to Ashwin - out on 16. Virat Kohli caught the ball in the slips and the umpire had given it not out but India asked for a DRS appeal and replays showed the ball hit the back of the bat on it’s way to Virat. Sibley started walking as soon as Virat asked for the DRS.
The big, big wicket of the day though came to Axar Patel. The debutant sending back England’s in-form skipper Joe Root. Out on 6, caught by R Ashwin. Root had scored a double century in the first Test against India at this same venue last week.
At the fall of Root’s wicket, England’s score stood at 24/3.
Number three batter Dan Lawrence faced 52 deliveries but managed to score just 9, before falling victim to Ashwin right before Lunch.
Ben Stokes was the first wicket to fall in the post-lunch session as he was out bowled on a peach of a delivery from Ravichandran Ashwin. The England all-rounder contributed with 18 runs before his dismissal.
Ollie Pope batted 57 deliveries with his stay being the longest one among the English on the day, but his innings was ended by Siraj who is playing his first Test in India. He was brilliantly caught down the leg-side by Rishabh Pant.
Moeen Ali, who starred with the ball for England, stayed at the crease for 30 balls before he became the second scalp of Axar Patel, getting caught brilliantly in the slips by Ajinkya Rahane.
Olly Stone's innings lasted only for four deliveries as he was caught at short mid-wicket by Rohit Sharma off the delivery from Ashwin.
Earlier in the day, England bowled India out for 329 with overnight batsman Rishabh Pant unbeaten on 58.
The home team added 29 runs to their overnight score after resuming at 300/6. They lost the wickets of Axar Patel and Ishant Sharma in the second over of the day with Moeen Ali weaving his magic.
Kuldeep Yadav, playing his first match of the series, stayed for a while but was out caught-behind against Olly Stone. He faced 15 balls but failed to score a run.
Mohammad Siraj hit a boundary of the first ball but was out on the second delivery he faced as the Indian innings came to an end in the 96th over.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant remained unbeaten on 58 for which he consumed 77 deliveries. He had smashed seven fours and two maximums.
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