India resumed Day 2 of the second Check towards England at Chennai on 300-6 however may solely rating 29 runs within the morning session as Rishabh Pant (58 not out of 77 balls) ran out of companions. The aggressive Pant scored 25 of these runs, hitting two fours and two sixes to stay unbeaten. India misplaced two wickets within the second over of the day as Moeen Ali struck twice within the house of three balls. Axar Patel (5) was stumped by Ben Foakes whereas Ishant Sharma, who got here in at No. 9, defended the primary ball he confronted earlier than a high edge off an tried sweep lobbed to Burns for a straightforward catch. The opposite two wickets fell shortly thereafter.
England’s resolve to wrap up the primary innings as shortly as attainable was spectacular however additionally they ended up breaking a slightly distinctive report that, till Sunday (February 14) had stood for 66 years.
India’s first innings complete of 329 is the very best rating conceded by any crew in a Check innings with out making a gift of an additional. England simply edged previous the 328 runs that India had conceded towards Pakistan in Lahore in 1955.
However whereas they did properly to make sure India did not get near the 400-run mark, England nonetheless face a Herculean activity in getting near India’s first innings rating of 329 on a dustbowl.
Ravichandran Ashwin (2/15) struck on the stroke of lunch, having Dan Lawrence (9, 52 balls) caught at short-leg by Shubman Gill as England sank into additional bother.
Pacer Ishant Sharma (1/15) supplied the primary breakthrough for India when he had left-handed opener Rory Burns LBW for a duck with a ball that nipped again and beat his defensive push.
The opposite opener Dom Sibley (16) was the subsequent to go, caught by Virat Kohli at leg-slip off Ashwin, which was given by the third umpire after India selected to assessment because the on-field umpire turned down the attraction for a catch.
The massive wicket of captain Joe Root (6), who tormented the host bowlers within the first Check, was taken by debutant Axar Patel (1/9) when the England captain’s tried sweep towards the flip landed safely within the fingers of Ashwin at quick fine-leg.
England presently lead the four-match Check sequence 1-0, having received the opening Check match on the identical venue by a mammoth 227 runs. The third and fourth Check of the sequence will likely be performed at Ahmedabad, with the penultimate Check being a Day-Night time affair.