The Local boy, Ravichandran Ashwin spun his web around visitor’s batsman on the 2nd Day of 2nd Test match between India and England. England team bowled out for 134 runs, courtesy to the veteran Indian Off-spinner Ashwin who claimed an excellent figure of 5 wickets for 43 runs in 23.5 overs. India posted a total of 329 runs in their first inning. Ashwin broke few records from his five-wicket hauls in Chennai
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Ravichandran Ashwin’s Record Breaking Fifer:
- Goes Past Anderson in Most Fifer in Test Matches at Home: Ravichandran’s five-wicket haul on Sunday was his 23rd fifer at home in 45 Test matches. He goes past James Anderson who had 22 five-wicket hauls from 89 home Test matches. Muralitharan who had 45 fifers from 73 Test matches, holds the record for most fifers at home. His country-mate Hearth is on 2nd with 26 five-wicket hauls from 63 games at Home.
- 2nd Most Wickets in Test Match at Home: By getting Ben Stokes cleaned bowled, Ashwin goes on 2nd position on the list of Indian bowlers with the most wickets in Test matches at home. He went past Harbhajan Singh who had 265 wickets in home Test matches. Anil Kumble with 350 wickets is top on the list.
- Equals Glenn McGrath record: Today, Ashwin claimed his 29th fifer in Test matches, and now he is in the seventh position on the list of bowlers with most five-wicket hauls in Test matches along with Glenn McGrath. Anil Kumble with 35 fifers is top of the list of Indian bowlers with the most fifers in the Test. While Muttiah Muralitharan with 67 top the list.
- The first bowler to dismiss 200 Left-handers: By dismissing Stuart Board, Ashwin became the first bowler to dismissed 200 Left-handers in Test Cricket. Muttiah Muralitharan who had dismissed 191 left-handers in Test matches, had held this record previously. Glenna McGrath with 172 on the third spot in the list.
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Summary of Day Two
India resumes Day two from 300 for the loss of six wickets. Rishabh Pant walked out in the middle along with Axar Patel in the morning session. Moeen Ali strikes twice in his first over of the day. First Moeen Ali removed Axar Patel by a dream delivery. After that, he bowled a low full toss to Ishant Sharma who chips it straight to short cover. Burns who was standing at short cover took the catch. Rishabh Pant played calculated big shots to spinners and scored a crucial fifty.
However, Rishabh Pant remains unbeaten on 58 as Stone picked two wickets in the same over in the form of Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Siraj. Kuldeep Yadav who was dealing comfortably with spinners, fell on the trap of a short ball bowled by Stone as he edged straight to England’s wicketkeeper Ben Foakes. While Mohammed Siraj got out in an attempt to cut the short ball from Stone over the slip region and find an edge towards Ben Foakes. India bowled out for 329.
Ishant Sharma gave India the first breakthrough in the first over of England’s inning. Ishant Sharma tailing the ball sharply to Rory Burns and the ball thrashed the pad of Burns and Burns out for a duck. A couple of overs later, Ravichandran Ashwin got his first wicket of the match in the form of Dom Sibley. Dom Sibley tried to play a sweep shot on slides in the ball from around the wicket by Ravichandran. The ball hit his pads and then brushed his bat. Virat Kohli who was fielding at leg-slip took the catch.
The debutant Axar Patel got the big wicket of England captain Joe Root. This time, Root’s go-to shot in this series had cast his downfall. Joe Root played sweep on the turn away delivery from Axar Patel and got the top edge on it. The ball lobs straight to Ravichandran Ashwin who was standing at the short-fine leg. The Local boy Ashwin strikes on the last ball before Lunch as he dismissed Lawrence. Lawrence played the ball forwardly that pitched in line with the stumps and turns into Lawrence and he chipped it straight to Shubman Gill who was at short leg. At Lunch, England was four down.
In the post-lunch session, Ben Stokes walked out in the middle along with Ollie Pop. However, Ravichandran strikes as Ben Stokes departed on a phenomenal ball. Ravichandran Ashwin bowl the ball on between middle and leg and got to drive it away sharply from Ben Stokes. Ben Stokes tried to play the ball on a straight line and completely missed it as the ball clip the stumps. Ashwin dismissed Ben Stokes for the 9th time in Test Cricket.
England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes who was looked most comfortable against Indian spinners among all England Batsmen, along with Ollie Pop began the repair job for their side. Both saw out the good ball and then pounced on the bad ones. Mohammed Siraj carried his good form from the Australian tour as he bowled 4 consecutive maidens over. Mohammed Siraj who was playing his first Test match in India, give India the breakthrough on the first ball of the match. Mohammed Siraj bowls a good length ball to Ollie Pop that sliding down the leg side of Pop and he nudged it slightly down the legside. Rishabh Pant dived to his left and took the spectacular catch.
Axar Patel has been exceptional in this Test match as he took the wicket of Moeen Ali. Moeen Ali rocks back to defend the ball bowled by Axar from around the stump and got a faint touch that carried to Rahane who was fielding at slip. Ravichandran Ashwin yet again snaped the wicket off the last over before Tea, as Olly Stone got out on 1. With the help of sensational bowling, The post-lunch session belongs to India.
In the mean-time England managed to avoid the follow-on. Ishant got his 2nd wicket of the match as he found the edge of Leach’s bat and Pant took a one-handed sensational catch. Ashwin got his 29th fifer in Test cricket as he cleaned bowled Stuart Board. England bowled out for 134 with Ben Foakes remain not-out on 42. India took the lead of 195 runs over England in the 1st Inning.
Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma added 42 runs before Shubman got out for 14. Leach got the first wicket as he managed to get a sharp drift and the ball hit on pads of Gill. Rohit and Pujara ensured that no more wicket fell down. India finished day two on 54/1. India is in a commanding position as host with a lead of 249 runs and nine wickets in hand. (source)