India resumed Day 2 of the second Take a look at in opposition to 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. In response, the house aspect made use of the spin pleasant situations on supply and managed to pin the visiting aspect on the again foot. But maybe some of the spotlight worthy moments of the day got here courtesy of Rishabh Pant, who confirmed unimaginable athlethicism to drag off a troublesome catch.
Mohammed Siraj, who was introduced into the assault for the primary time on Day 2, began with a ball that was angling down leg and Ollie Pope duly flicked it off his pads.
Nevertheless he did not get it advantageous sufficient and Pant flew to his left and accomplished an acrobatic catch to present Siraj his first-ever Take a look at wicket in house situations.
A flying catch from @RishabhPant17
A wicket off his first ball in Take a look at cricket in India for Mohammed Siraj ✅
What a wicket combo
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 14, 2021
Curiously sufficient, India’s first innings complete of 329 is the best rating conceded by any group in a Take a look at innings with out freely giving an additional. England simply edged previous the 328 runs that India had conceded in opposition to Pakistan in Lahore in 1955.
However whereas they did nicely to make sure India did not get near the 400-run mark, England nonetheless face a Herculean job 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 hassle.
Pacer Ishant Sharma (1/15) offered 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 following 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.
England at present lead the four-match Take a look at collection 1-0, having gained the opening Take a look at match on the identical venue by a mammoth 227 runs. The third and fourth Take a look at of the collection will likely be performed at Ahmedabad, with the penultimate Take a look at being a Day-Night time affair.