|Rishabh Pant (W)||not out||58||77||7||3|
|Ben Foakes (W)||not out||42||107||4||0|
|Mohammed Siraj||not out||16||21||0||2|
That's that from Chennai. The series stands level at 1-1 and the action will now move to Ahmedabad for the next lot of two Tests, of which, the first one will be played with a pink ball (D-N Test). It's from 24th February at 1430 local (0900 GMT). Looking forward to your company then. Cheers!
MAN OF THE MATCH IS RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN! He smiles as the crowd goes bonkers. Starts by saying that this wicket was very different from the one they played on in the first Test. Tells that those balls which were doing much didn't get them the wickets and it was the mind doing things. Adds that it takes a certain amount of pace and guile to pick wickets on these kinds of pitches. Regarding his batting, Ashwin replies that keeping the intent was very important and it was also important to put the pressure on the bowlers. He wanted to express himself and after he connected a few shots he got a hang of the pitch. Shares that he is someone who tries hard when things don't go his way and Vikram Rathore has been very supportive. Feels that his batting was more about hands and it was never too technical. Shares that Ajinkya Rahane told him that he is overthinking about his batting. Mentions that his knock in Sydney set the tone for him and he is really happy that this knock came in Chennai. On his different bowling actions, Ashwin replies that every sort of load gives different results and it depends on how the pitch is behaving. Also says that it's working for him because he has created this awareness for himself.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, says that it was a bit strange in the first game to play without the crowd and admits that the things were a bit flat on the first two days but from the second innings of the first Test they picked it up. Mentions that the crowd makes a big difference as you push more as a team and this game was an example of grit and determination. Adds that the Chennai crowd is known to be intelligent and for him, it's important to involve everyone and as their presence motivate them. Calls it a perfect game and is all praise for the application with the bat. Tells that they trusted their defense and scored 600+ runs on a tough pitch. It was a perfect game for them, he adds again. Feels that winning the toss was not important on this pitch as they believed that they can get runs on this wicket. On Rishabh Pant's keeping, Kohli replies that he has worked hard in Australia and when he moves with the gloves, you can see the difference in his reactions. Credits him for working so hard and they want him to keep improving. States that it's a special moment for Axar Patel who would have played the first Test as well had he not got a niggle. Kohli adds that for a left-armer with the pitch offering turn, Axar was all smiles and could not wait to get the ball in his hands. Virat hopes that Patel builds on from here as there are a couple of games ahead. On his own batting, Kohli replies that he has taken a lot of pride in improving quickly and he understands that he needs to be at his best and lauds his stand with Ashwin. Tells that he can bat for four days on this pitch and can trust his defense to do the job. Feels that Ahmedabad is going to be a big challenge and wants to bring their 'A' game throughout against a quality English team.
England skipper, Joe Root, starts by crediting India for outplaying them this week and calls it education for them and they have a lot to learn from this match. Adds that on Day 1, they could have been a bit tighter and with the bat, they needed to be quite smart in building their innings. Wants to learn from how India batted in these conditions. Feels that they could have played an extra spinner but they have to look at the balance of the side and the pitch was dramatically different this time. Mentions that it's going to be an exciting next two games. On Moeen Ali, Root replies that he got better with the ball as the game progressed and they know how destructive he can be with the bat. Also praises Ben Foakes' knock in the first innings and his glovework. Wants to stay level as a team as they have played some good cricket in the recent past and hopes to take the positives forward. Further adds that they have only played two day-night Tests and he is looking forward to the challenge.
With this victory, India have kept their chances of qualification to the ICC World Test Championship final alive. They now need to win at least one of the two remaining Tests and stop England from winning any. Australia will keep a close eye on the results, as if the series ends 1-1 or 2-2 or 1-2 (ENG), it will benefit them.
Kuldeep Yadav's turn to have a few words! He says that it's important to support the team when everything is going well. Adds that there was a plan and they executed it well. Tells that he was speaking a lot with Ashwin and it was tough for him playing after two years. Shares that it felt like a debut game and there were nerves. Mentions that having Ashwin helped both the spinners. Says that they have been in this situation before, losing the first Test, and they are used to it. Kuldeep is happy with the performance and wants to carry it forward.
Axar Patel is up for a chat! Says that it was a terrific debut for him and it was a good experience. He is happy to deliver what his team needed. Shares that the pitch supported the spinners and his plan was to bowl at the right speed. He was looking to bowl in the line of the stumps and focused on his line and length. Mentions that the pitch behaved the same from Day 1 and doesn't feel that winning the toss was too big a factor.
To think about England's performance in this match, they started strongly but then Rohit's knock punctured their momentum. On a spinning deck, they got exposed by Ravichandran Ashwin and the hero of the first Test match, Joe Root also flopped. As already mentioned, after conceding such a massive lead only a miracle would have saved them. They tried hard with the ball but once again Ashwin stood tall in front of them, this time with the bat in his hands. Stay tuned for the interviews...
Take 2! Time for India to bat again and they had the psychological advantage after a big cushion of runs behind them. The pitch was tricky for them but their approach was positive with not much pressure. Day 3 was very enthralling. England tried their best to make a comeback by forcing an early collapse in the morning. Still, the lead they conceded to haunt them and then the pair of Kohli and Ashwin piled on their agony. They stitched a partnership to stretch the lead close to 400 and after that, it was a moment of absolute thrill and excitement when the local lad, Ravichandran Ashwin stroked a delightful century. His performance with both the bat and the ball made many experts, who termed the pitch poor, eat their own words.
Before this Test match, the restless Indian fans were calling for the heads of two players - Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane. And these two individuals played a massive role in the revival of the Indian fortunes in the first innings. If you switch your attention to Day 1, India were in tatters after losing three quick top order wickets but then the Mumbai pair of Rohit and Ajinkya bailed them out with a fantastic partnership. The former played one of the best Test knocks of his career while the latter showed that he's still the go-to man for them in crisis. A total of 329 runs in the first innings on a pitch assisting the spinners was a great recovery and then the Indian bowling spearheaded by Ravichandran Ashwin helped the hosts in gaining a hefty 195-run stand.
Toss was a big topic of discussion in the first Test match. Many thought that it aided England and they got the best conditions to bat. Having said that, Kohli himself admitted that they lacked the desired intensity and there was a lot left to be desired in their batting. Everything was suitably addressed in this match and winning the toss was a cherry on the cake for Virat Kohli and company.
A massive all-round performance from Ravichandran Ashwin in front of his home crowd. He stood up with the ball and then showed his utility with the bat as well. A few criticized the pitch but Ashwin defended his home strip by showing how it's done with both the bat and the ball. Fabulous effort from a genius cricketer.
No fight shown by England! Of course, the conditions were tough for batting but the touring team didn't show much application and their shot selection was also not entirely up to the mark. Joe Root did well to hang in at one end but it was more like 'entry and exit' at the other end. The Indian spinners left a big impact and Axar Patel with a fifer in this innings was the most successful one. What a Test debut for him!
Comeback complete! England have been humbled by India to avenge their embarrassing defeat in the first Test. We all expected a backlash from the home team and that's exactly what we got in Chennai 2.0. Smiles everywhere in the Indian camp and the players are shaking hands. This is their fifth biggest Test win in terms of runs!
OUT! Moeen is stumped! End of his entertaining knock and INDIA WIN BY 317 RUNS! Kuldeep shows the heart to flight yet another delivery and lands it wide outside off, Moeen is down the track for another big shot but this time the ball spins past his bat and Rishabh Pant does the rest. 164/10
FOUR! Cracking shot! Flighted and full around off, Moeen makes room, dances down the track and drills his drive to the cover fence.
Muted appeal for a bat-pad! Not given! Broad tries to flick but misses. It goes off his pads to silly point. 160/9
Flighted and on middle, Broad defends it off the inside half. It lobs in the air but falls safely as there is no short leg present.
Goes down on one knee and sweeps it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
SIX! Moeen is playing an entertaining knock! He is showing that if you opt for the attacking intent, you can bat on any pitches in the world. Goes down and smokes a full ball over mid-wicket for a biggie.
FOUR! Up and over! Flighted and on off, Moeen shimmies down the track and powers it over mid off. Siraj runs back to attempt for the catch but it falls away from him and finds the fence.
Floated full and on middle, Moeen defends it back.
Ravichandran Ashwin is back on.
Quicker through the air, full and on off, Broad defends it off the inner half to square leg. There is a run on offer but Moeen denies it. 149/9
Too full in length on off, Broad pushes it firmly to short cover.
Tries to sweep but misses! Tossed up ball landing full outside leg, Broad fails to sweep.
A googly, slightly short and on off, Broad goes on the back foot and defends.
Beaten! Loopy and full, close to off, Broad tries to sweep but it spins away to beat his bat.
FOUR! Boundaries are flowing all of a sudden! Tossed up ball landing full around off, Broad drives it with the spin to the cover fence.
SIX! Hat-trick of sixes from Moeen! Advances down the track to a delivery outside off and then launches it with the spin over the bowler's head. 145/9
SIX! Dismissed again! Tossed up ball on off, Ali shows his muscle power and dismisses it over long on again. Sending a reminder for the auction, it seems!
SIX! Up, up and away! Full and flighted on off, spinning in, Moeen sends it flying over long on for a biggie.
Uses the spin and works it to square leg for a run.
A tossed up ball on middle, spinning down, Broad tries to spin but fails to middle it well.
Stuart Broad is the last man in.
DRS time! Olly Stone has been adjudged lbw. He wants to review it.
OUT! A flatter delivery, landing full around off and straightening from there, Stone kneels down to play the sweep shot but it goes under his bat and strikes him on the back thigh. They appeal and the finger goes up. Olly takes the DRS. Ultra Edge finds no edge. The Ball Tracker shows that the impact is with umpire's call and it's hitting the stumps. Stone walks back. A fifer on Test debut for Axar and he is ecstatic!
FOUR! Cracking shot! Short delivery outside off, turning away, Ali punches it through covers for a boundary. 126/8
Tossed up ball outside off, Ali leaves it alone.
Floated delivery on off, Ali blocks it off the front foot.
SIX! Superb shot! Loopy delivery on middle, Ali comes down the track and lofts it over long on for a maximum.
Googly just outside off, Moeen looks to defend but misses it due to the turn on this one.
BEATEN! Short delivery outside off, Moeen looks to cut but misses it due to the away turn on this one.
A wicket maiden! Tossed up ball on middle, Stone defends it to short mid-wicket. 116/8
Short in length on off, Stone punches it from the back foot to cover-point.
That is defended solidly off the front foot.
Flatter and outside off, Stone tries to defend but misses.
Olly Stone is the new batsman in.
OUT! Root falls and the end is nigh for England! Superb delivery. It lands full around off, a puff of dust comes off as it lands and spins away with extra bounce. Root once again is on the front foot to defend but it catches the gloves and goes straight into the hands of Rahane at first slip. All over! Unplayable delivery. You need the luck to survive!
Beaten! Lovely full ball on off, Root is forward in defense but it spins past his blade.
Axar Patel to bowl from the other end.
EDGED BUT SAFE! Beautiful delivery. Full and flighted on around leg, turning away, Moeen is forward to defend but it spins extra and bounces too to take the outside edge. It flies over Rohit Sharma at second slip who jumps but to no avail. Moeen survives a scare! 116/7
Kuldeep repeats the last delivery but this time from middle and off, Moeen is forced to defend it off his front foot.
Floated and full delivery, just outside off, Moeen allows it through to the keeper.
We're back! The players are also back on the field. Joe Root has a new batting partner in Moeen Ali. Kuldeep Yadav to complete his over. Let's play...
... DAY 4, SESSION 2 ...
For England, their skipper has fought hard again but is losing partners quickly at the other end. Root also got a reprieve when Siraj dropped him minutes before Lunch. Right then, they have only three wickets left and the writing is on the wall. Let's see for how long they can stretch this match. Do join us for the afternoon session at 1210 local (0640 GMT).
India are a happy bunch! Their players are smiling as they head off the field to take Lunch. Three wickets more to level the series. As expected, all the four wickets to fall in the morning session belonged to the spinners. Ashwin got Lawrence stumped and then dismissed his bunny (Stokes) for the 10th time in Tests. Axar wasn't too far away from the action as he got rid of Ollie Pope to take his tally to 5 wickets in his debut Test. Kuldeep had a catch dropped which was offered by Joe Root but just before the break, he got rid of Ben Foakes to pick his first Test wicket since 2019. All in all, a great session for the hosts!
OUT! KULDEEP HAS A WICKET! He jumps in joy as Axar catches the ball. Another English batsman known to play spin well departs while attempting a sweep shot. Poor, very poor! A tossed up ball landing full around off, Foakes stretches forward and is way too early into his sweep shot. As a result, it takes the toe end of his bat and balloons straight to Axar Patel standing in front of square leg. He is not going to drop those. England slip further and with that, IT'S LUNCH ON DAY 4!
Leans forward to a full ball and flicks it to short mid-wicket.
Spinning down the leg side, Foakes moves back and helps it to square leg.
Floated ball outside off, Root looks to sweep but misses it due to the sharp turn on this one. 116/6
On middle, Root keeps it out.
Flighted delivery on off, Root defends it off the front foot.
Outside off, Root offers no shot to this one.
BEATEN! Floated outside off, Root looks to defend but misses it due to the turn on this one.
Huge shout for an lbw! Arm ball around middle, skidding down, Root gets back to keep it out but misses. They appeal but it appeared to be missing leg.
A nicely flighted delivery, landing full and wide outside off, Foakes reaches out and drives it through extra cover for a couple of runs. 116/6
Too full in length on middle, Root knocks it down to long on for a run.
Turning down the leg side, Root goes back and allows it through to the keeper.
The batsman has just watchfully blocked this out.
DROPPED! Loopy full and around off, Root top edges his attempted reverse sweep and Siraj drops a sitter at backward point. Lucky escape for the English skipper. Poor Kuldeep, he needs a wicket to get his confidence back.
Floated and full on off, Root defends it off his front foot.
Tossed up ball around off, that is defended solidly off the front foot. 113/6
Once again Foakes is on the front leg, pressing forward to defend but it spins away to take the outer half and lands in front of silly point.
Beaten! Foakes leans forward to defend but it spins past his bat.
The batsman has just watchfully blocked this out.
Gets on the back foot and turns it through square leg for a run.
Fuller and on off, Root stretches forward in defense.
Flighted and full around off, Foakes is on the front foot as he defends it solidly. 112/6
That is pulled away, through the square leg, for a single.
Shout for an lbw! Not given. Tossed up ball on middle, Root tries to reverse sweep but misses. They appeal but to no use. Turning down, maybe.
Floated and full around off, Root flicks it with the spin to the leg side.
The batsman has just watchfully blocked this out.
Loopy and full on off, Root reverse sweeps it to point.
Flatter and shorter on middle, Root goes back and helps it in the gap at mid-wicket for one. 111/6
Ben Foakes is the next batsman in.
OUT! Pope holes out! Axar has three and England are six down. The inexperience of Ollie on display here. Floated and full ball around off, Pope opts for the sweep shot ignoring the fact that there is a square leg in place for that shot in the deep. He needed to keep his shot down even if he wants to play it but fails to do so. The ball goes aerially and it's a simple catch for Ishant Sharma. Pope is known to be a good batsman against spinners and this surely will disappoint everyone in the dressing room. More application was needed from him in this battle for survival.
Beaten all ends up! Loopy and full on middle, Pope tries to defend but it goes closely past the outside edge.
Full and around middle, Pope defends it off the inner half to short fine leg.
Arm ball on off, Pope goes deep inside the crease and pushes it out to covers.
Almost a return catch! Full and floated on middle, Pope tries to flick but gets a soft leading edge back to the bowler.
Axar Patel is back on.
Short and on middle, Pope turns and pulls it through square leg for a run. 110/5
Taps it down to point for a single.
Dead ball! Spinning down the leg side, Root offers no shot and it scoots past the keeper to the fine leg fence. No shot offered, so nothing added to the scorecard.
That is defended solidly off the front foot.
Appeal for an lbw! Full and flighted around off, Root tries to reverse sweep but misses. He is hit on the pads but it's spinning down too much.
Flatter and a bit short on leg, Pope works it through square leg for a run.
The wait is over! Here comes Kuldeep Yadav into the attack.
Premeditated sweep shot! Pope fetches it from outside off and sends it to deep mid-wicket for a run. 107/5
Flatter and on middle at 83.4 kph, Pope defends it from the back foot.
Loopy and full outside off, Pope leans forward and pushes it to point.
Some extra bounce! Full and flighted on off, Pope leans forward to defend but it takes his gloves and rolls wide of leg gully.
Pope brings out the reverse sweep and places it through cover-point. Pujara chases and Ollie gets a couple of runs.
Too full in length and around leg, Root sweeps it down to long leg for a run.
Lands it on a length and close to off, Pope defends it towards covers to end the over. 6 runs from the over, although runs don't matter in this Test match anymore. 103/5
Good fielding, Pujara! Very full in length and around leg, Pope flicks it firmly at square leg where Pujara dives to stop the racing ball.
Fuller and on off, Ollie pushes it off his front foot to covers.
Pitches it up and around off, Pope pushes it with an angled bat and places it in the gap at deep point for two.
Angles in a length ball close to off, Pope does well to defend it to the off side.
FOUR! Not entirely in control of the shot! Full and outside off, Pope gets on the front foot and drives it off the outer portion of his bat through backward point for a boundary.
Tossed up ball outside off, Pope defends it in the gap at covers and rushes across to the other end to open his account with a single. 97/5
That is defended solidly off the front foot.
A touch short and on off, Root goes back and pushes it gently to the right of short third man for a run.
Fuller on off, Root reverse sweeps it straight to short third man.
Tries to play the conventional sweep but hits it on one bounce to leg gully. The fielder has a shy at the striker's end but misses. Joe initially thinks about a run but it's not available.
FOUR! Fine shot! Floated and full around middle and off, Root brings out the reverse-broom, and nails his sweep through point for a boundary.
Fuller length ball on middle and leg, shaping down, Root fails to flick and it goes off his pads to fine leg for a leg bye. 91/5
On a driving length and outside off, Root shoulders arms.
Very full and on off, Root tries to flick but it takes the outer half of his bat and rolls slowly to mid on.
On a length and outside off, shaping away, Root pushes at it and misses. Pant collects it on one bounce.
That is defended solidly off the front foot.
A length ball on off, staying low, Root does well to defend it out.
Ollie Pope is the new batsman in.
OUT! Ashwin gets his bunny! 10th time he has dismissed Stokes in Test cricket. A tossed up ball landing full on middle, Stokes leans forward to defend but it takes the inside edge, brushes his pads and lobs behind where Kohli does well to catch it by stretching to his right from second slip. The fight is over from Stokes, he looks down in disappointment and then drags his body to the pavilion. A big blow to England. Five down, five more to go as far as India are concerned. 90/5
Sliding down the leg side, Stokes works it off his pads to square leg.
The batsman has just watchfully blocked this out.
Flatter and shorter on off, Stokes hangs back and punches it towards silly point. A half stop again.
Shortish and on off, Stokes goes back to punch and it hits the silly point fielder on the bounce.
Flighted and full ball on middle, Root flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
Spears it in on middle, very full again at 134.3 kph, Stokes is watchful as he defends it back. 89/4
Keeps it very full and close to off, shaping back in, Ben defends it out on the off side.
Very full in length and on off, Stokes jams it out back to the bowler.
Wrong line! It's drifting down the leg side, on a good length, Stokes allows it through.
It's a left-hander in front so Ishant switches to 'round the wickets. Angles in a full ball on off, Stokes defends it to the off side.
Too full in length around off, Root brings his bat to defend but it takes the inner half and rolls behind square leg for a run.
Drinks break. Just one wicket so far in the session and England will be relatively happy with their progress. Dan Lawrence has himself to blame for his stumping but after that, Joe Root and Ben Stokes have battled hard. The pitch is tough to bat on with the ball spinning and bouncing from every angle. The touring team would be hoping for some luck as well to survive on this deck.
A carrom ball! Full and around off, spinning in, Stokes is forward and defends it well in the end. 88/4
Spinning away from around off, Stokes allows it through.
The batsman has just watchfully blocked this out.
Whoa! Tossed up ball landing around leg and spinning away with extra bounce outside off, Stokes leaves and Pant collects it in front of his face.
Loopy and full, around middle, Ben presses forward and defends it to the off side.
Flighted and full, landing outside leg, Stokes pads it away.
Full delivery on off, angling in and straightening a touch from there, Root defends it with gentle hands to the off side. Maiden! 88/4
Fullish and on off, Root flicks it across the line but finds Pujara at mid-wicket who immediately has a shy at the striker's end. Misses the stumps but Rahane is there at gully to back-up the thorow.
Good lines from Ishant. He is getting some reverse going and is just putting it on and around off. The batsman has just watchfully blocked this out.
Pitches it up and on off, Root defends it back to the bowler.
Fuller in length and close to off, some movement back into the batsman, Root leans forward and defends it from the inside half of his blade.
Starts his spell with a fuller length ball on off, some shape on this one, Root pushes it by getting across towards short mid-wicket.
Spin and bounce from outside off, Stokes allows it through to Pant. 88/4
Flatter again, on leg, Stokes fails to flick and it goes off his pads to the on side.
Quicker and flatter outside off, Stokes swings and misses.
Back over the stumps! Flatter and shorter on middle, Stokes defends it from the back foot.
Switches to 'round the wickets and delivers a full ball on off, Stokes tries to defend with a straight bat but it spins past it.
Loopy and full around leg, Stokes defends it by opening his stance slightly.
Quicker and fuller on off, Root gets forward and defends it from the outside edge. Soft hands and hence it goes wide of second slip and dies down too. 88/4
Slight halt in play! Joe Root wants to change something, maybe his gloves or bat.
The broom is out again! Full and around leg, Stokes sweeps it to fine leg for a single.
Fullish and on off, Joe sweeps it in front of square leg for a run.
Flighted and on off, Root tries to defend but there is extra bounce and it goes off the outer edge to point. Played it nice and late.
Beauty! Fuller and closer to off, Root is forward in defense but it spins past his blade.
FOUR! Superb shot! Tossed up ball on middle, Root goes down on one knee and sweeps it behind square leg for a boundary.
Flatter and shorter on off, it's blocked off the back foot. 82/4
Full and outside off, Stokes drives it off the toe end to mid off.
Flatter on the pads, helped out to mid-wicket.
Looks to defend it off the front foot but it spins away with extra bounce to beat the outside edge.
That is defended solidly off the front foot.
SAFE! Loopy and full around off, Stokes pushes it off his front foot to covers and Root is out of his crease in search of a run. Ben sends him back as Axar scores a direct hit at the bowler's end. The third umpire is referred and the replays find Root's bat grounded before the stumps are broken.
Run out appeal! Joe Root is in question. Let's find out.
Turn and bounce outside off, Root controls it well and steers it down towards backward point. 82/4
Once again Root chooses to play from the back foot and defends it back to the right of Patel.
Flatter arm ball on off, staying low, Root goes on the back foot and blocks it down.
Fuller and on leg, Stokes sweeps it down to fine leg for a run.
Flatter and shorter, turning down, Stokes tries to flick but fails to connect properly. There seems to be a slight edge as it quickly goes past Pant. They cross and it's given as runs. Maybe, some gloves, if not an inside edge.
Slower through the air, full and on middle, Stokes defends it back.
Risky shot! Full and floated around leg, Root tries to play the paddle sweep but fails to middle it properly. It goes aerially but lands safely behind square leg. 79/4
Fuller on middle, Stokes reverse sweeps it to backward point where Ishant makes a tumbling stop. They cross for a run.
Appeal for an lbw! Flighted and full, Stokes fails to sweep and is pinged on the pads. They appeal but to no avail. Probably pitching outside leg.
Loopy and full around leg, Stokes defends it at the last moment, in front of his pads.
Strides forward to a full ball and defends it from the outer half of his bat.
Flatter and shorter on off, Stokes goes on the back foot and punches it to silly point. It deflects back to the bowler.
Fuller and on off, Stokes sweeps it with the spin to deep backward square leg for one. 78/4
Floated and full on off, that is defended solidly off the front foot.
Quicker ball, on middle, Joe stays back and eases it through square leg for a single.
A touch short and flat on off, Root goes back to defend and it takes the inside edge and rolls near his pads.
That is defended solidly off the front foot.
Fuller and on off, Root defends it near his front pad.
Ashwin puts it on a fuller length close to off, Stokes draws forward with an angled bat and pushes it out to the off side. 76/4
Unplayable delivery! Full and on middle, spinning away, Stokes tries to defend but it spins away to beat the outside edge.
Floated and full on middle, Stokes defends it by stretching forward.
Flatter and full on off, Stokes walks forward slightly and then brings his bat and pad together in defense.
Doing well, Joe! Fetches a full ball from outside off and sweeps it to deep square leg for a run.
In the air... SAFE! Flighted and full around middle, Stokes tries to sweep but it takes the top edge and falls wide of short fine leg. A run is taken.
FOUR! This is in the range of Root. Too full and around off, Root goes down and sweeps it sweetly well in front of square leg. The mid-wicket fielder runs across to his left but has no chance of cutting it off. 74/4
Uses the spin this time and sweeps a full ball down to deep backward square leg for a run.
Turning down the leg side, Stokes offers no shot and takes it on his pads.
Loopy and full on off, Root sweeps it through square leg for a single.
Flatter and shorter on off, it's fired in, Root goes on the back foot in defense.
Loopy and full outside off, Root leaves it alone.
A slider on the shorter side around off, Ben goes back and plays it down in front of square on the off side. End of a successful over! 68/4
Oohhh... how to play those? Full and around off, Stokes tries to defend the line but it spins away viciously with extra bounce and beats his bat. Pant also has no chance of collecting it and the batsmen collect two byes. Rahane with a sliding stop in the deep, good effort.
The batsman has just blocked that from his crease.
Stays back again and defends it out on the leg side.
Slower through the air and around off, Stokes is on the back foot in defense.
Ben Stokes is the next batsman in.
OUT! Stumped! What was that from Lawrence? Someone would have told him to be positive against the spinners and use his footwork but he has overdone that. And take a moment to praise the glovework of Rishabh Pant. What a superb take by him! Ashwin begins with a flighted ball around leg, probably sensing the charge from the batsman. Lawrence jumps down the track, almost instinctively. But he fails to keep it out and the ball goes through his legs. Pant stays aware of it and does well to grab the ball first and then he stretches out to break the stumps. Dan is out of his crease and will have to depart. 6 wickets more needed for India!
Ravichandran Ashwin is on.
Aerial but safe! Patel slows it up in the air and lands it full on off, Lawrence shapes up for a shot across the line but ends up chipping it towards mid off. Doesn't carry to the fielder and they cross for a single. 66/3
Smart bowling! Axar senses the charge from the batsman and fires in a flatter delivery on middle, Lawrence almost gets into a tangle but eventually does well to block it.
Flatter and fuller on off, Dan is once again on the front foot in defense. Looking quite assured, Lawrence.
Floated and full on off, Dan is on the front foot as he defends it watchfully.
Flatter and a bit shorter on off, Root goes back and helps it in front of square leg for a run.
Loopy and full around off, Root is forward as he jams it out to the off side.
Use of the wrists by Root this time as he works a fuller length ball behind square leg for a run. So far so good for England this morning. 64/3
Straighter in line and Dan works it through square leg for a run.
Shout for an lbw! Not given. Fuller in length and on off, some movement back into the batsman, Lawrence tries to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads. The bowler is aware of that and hence no DRS is taken.
A length ball around off, angling in, Root has his head down as he pushes it defensively back to the bowler. Siraj fails to collect and there is no mid on. They cross for a single.
The batsman has just blocked that from his crease.
Good length ball angling into the batsman, Root defends it from the back foot.
Quicker and flatter on middle, Joe moves back and nudges it behind square leg for a run. Retains strike. 61/3
Swing and a miss! Full and floated outside off, Root goes down to sweep but misses as the ball once again spins past his bat.
Unplayable! You cannot play those deliveries. Flatter and around off, at 95 kph and turning away, Root goes back to defend but is beaten.
Flatter and shorter on middle, it's turned in the gap at mid-wicket for a single.
Beaten! This will keep happening all day! Tossed up ball around off, Dan is forward in defense but it spins past the outside edge.
Flighted and full around off, Lawrence tries to drive it through covers but ends up slicing it through cover-point for two.
Lands it on a good length around off, angling in, Root presents a straight bat in defense. 57/3
Full in length and sliding down the leg side, Root tries his best to flick it but it's too wide away from his bat.
Around off on a length, the batsman has just blocked that from his crease.
And here is the variable bounce... It shoots up from a length close to off, Root sticks back to defend and is taken by surprise. It climbs and kisses the shoulder of his bat as Joe removes the bottom hand.
Good length ball on middle and off, Root blocks it back from the crease. Siraj needs to keep it in the line of the stumps with the pitch offering variable bounce.
Hurls across a good length delivery in the channel outside off, holding its line, Root covers his stumps and shoulders arms.
Probably an arm ball on off, Dan stays back and defends it to the off side. 1 run from the 2nd over of Day 4. 57/3
Floated and full on off, Lawrence gets forward and defends it to the leg side.
Slightly short and on off, Root moves back and works it behind square leg for a run.
That is defended solidly off the front foot.
Again beaten! Unplayable. Axar just lands it full and close to off, Root is forward to play the line but it spins past his bat.
Starts with a flighted ball around off, it lands and turns away a bit to beat Root's defensive bat.
As expected, spin from the other end. Axar Patel it is.
First runs of the morning for Lawrence. Full and around off, Dan gets half-forward and pushes at it with soft hands. It rolls through backward point for a brace. 56/3
A touch short and around off, Dan taps it down safely to covers.
Beaten! Lovely delivery, keeps the shine of the ball towards covers and gets it to move away from a length outside off, Lawrence is flat-footed as he pushes at it and misses.
Digs in a short ball on off, Root pulls it down to long leg and jogs across to the other end for a run.
Angling into the batsman, on a length around off and staying a touch low, Root is right behind the line in defense.
Starts with a good length delivery down the leg side, Root tries to flick but misses. Siraj got his first Test wicket on home soil by bowling this exact delivery. No luck this time.
All in readiness here! The players have marched out to the middle. Joe Root and Dan Lawrence are the overnight England batsmen with a massive task in front of them. Mohammed Siraj to bowl first up. Here we go...
Sunil Gavaskar talks about the footmarks on the pitch and says that it will help the bowlers but if the batsmen have the skills, they can certainly score runs. Feels that playing both Axar and Ashwin will be very difficult. The master reckons that this match might end between Lunch and Tea.
It was a controversial moment in the dying moments of Day 3 which has refuelled the debate on Umpire's call. India were on the receiving end as Joe Root got a lifeline. The former Australian cricketer, Mark Waugh tweeted and said - 'That’s the plumbest LBW I’ve ever seen given not out by DRS. Problem is the DRS went with the umpire's call for not out for a caught behind not LBW'. There have been big debates regarding that decision on social media and expect it to continue even more if Joe Root gets a big one here. Things will certainly spice up more!
Welcome back ladies and gentlemen for what could be the last day of this Test match. It has moved at a very brisk rate with all the advantage resting with India. It's a matter of when, not if as far as their victory is concerned and let's see how much fight is left in England. Going by the way things panned out in the 19 overs last evening, the signs are ominous. The pitch has settled into a 'spin bowling beauty' and the touring team would need everything, from application to courage to skills to luck to come out of this Test match unscathed. Stay tuned for more...
... DAY 4, SESSION 1 ...
Right! That's all from the moving day of this Test match. India well in command in this game. Can Root lead an English fightback? Or will Ashwin and co. roll over the visitors quickly? We will find that out on Tuesday, 16th February 2021. The action will begin at 0930 local (0400 GMT). Until then, cheers and take care.
The man of the moment, the star of the day, Ravichandran Ashwin is up for a chat. Ashwin smiles and says he is just thinking about sleeping well and recovering. Ashwin says after the last Test, they spoke about how they would counter Leach. Tells he has not played sweep for a long time and decided to practice it just before this Test. Credits Vikram Rathore who has helped him with his batting and tells he has kept him in the loop and allowed him to express himself. He is pleased to score at his home ground as he is not sure when they will get a game here. Tells he believed Ishant and was taking calculated risks with him but adds once Siraj came he knew he had to get it quickly. Adds it was exciting to see the way Siraj celebrated after he got to his ton. And mentions that tells how the environment is in the dressing room of the team. Ends by thanking the team who he feels were right behind him throughout.
For England, the day started brightly as their spinners bagged early wickets. However, they failed to put pressure on Kohli and Ashwin as they couldn't bowl to a consistent line and length. They fell flat against the masterclass of Kohli and the grit of Ashwin. Moeen later broke the stand and then got the wicket of Kuldeep in the 2nd session. There wasn't much to be done for the pacers. However, Broad saw two catches go down off his short spell when Stokes and Foakes put down Ashwin. Leach and Moeen got 4-fers while Stone got the wicket of Ashwin. Overall, it was a hard toil for England in the field.
The day didn't start well for the hosts. Pujara got out in an unfortunate fashion first up and then wickets kept crumbling. Rohit, Rahane and Pant fell in a short span of time. Axar joined them soon and the score soon read 106 for 7. However, Kohli held the fort from his end and got an able partner in Ashwin. The duo calmly went about the business and showed that if you apply yourself, you can score runs on wickets like these as well. Both brought up their half tons in the second session. Kohli was removed by Moeen Ali while Kuldeep didn't last long either. Ashwin though along with Ishant saw off the session. Then in the company of Siraj, Ashwin went on to register a superb century, his 5th in Tests, in front of his home crowd.
In this session, Ashwin played his shots and with support from Siraj reached his 5th Test ton, a special one for him in front of his home crowd. And with the ball, Axar led the Indian charge with twin strikes Both the English openers and Leach, their nightwatchman has been sent packing already by Axar and Ashwin. India have the opposition on the mat and all they need to do now is pin them down.
A fantastic session for India comes to close. They have removed the 3 English batters already and are just 7 away. Looking at the way things are happening, it wouldn't take them long on Day 45 to seal the deal, unless, Joe Root, the England skipper, puts on a spirited fight.
Shortish and around off, Root stays back and punches it through the covers for a single. With this it is STUMPS ON DAY 3. 53/3
Flat and around middle and leg, clipped on the leg side for nothing.
Beats him this time. Lovely from Axar. Floated full and around off, it lands on the rough and beats the outside edge.
Quicker one on middle, Root looks to work it on the leg side but is late in doing so. It goes off the inner half.
Floated around off, Root looks to defend but misses as it spins in and hits him high on the pad.
DRS time! Kohli signals it with just 1 second left on the clock. Pant was absolutely confident.
NOT OUT! Root survives a major scare, just by a whisker. Umpire's call on impact and Root will live to fight another day. Flattish delivery on off, Root looks to defend off his back foot but the ball goes between bat and pad and to the keeper. Pant goes up in a confident appeal. The umpire is unmoved though. There is a panel discussion amongst the Indian players. Kohli at the eleventh hour decides to take the review. Replay rolls in and Ultra Edge first shows that there is no bat involved. Time for the Ball Tracker now. It looks plumb but the technology shows that the impact is Umpire's call. Kohli is not happy and he is having a chat with the umpire. Root though has a smile on his face. India do not lose the review while for the tourists, their skipper survives!
Ouch! Floated on middle, Lawrence sweeps and hits Shubman Gill on the forearm at short leg. 52/3
This time Lawrence manages to block it calmly.
Appeal for a catch but the umpire is unmoved and neither are the Indian players. Another massive turn of the explosion on the pitch. It is pitched outside off, Lawrence looks to flick but misses. The ball lobs to Pujara at leg slip. There is an appeal but nothing from the umpire. Pujara too feels there is no bat involved and Kohli does not take the review. Replay, later on, shows that to be a good call as the ball lobbed off the pad.
The skipper is off the mark! On the pads, Root flicks it with the spin to the leg side and gets a single.
Floated outside off, Root comes down the track to block it but gets hit on the pad.
Flighted on middle and leg, Dan milks it wide of long on and keeps the strike.
And the skipper Joe Root walks out to bat now.
OUT! CAUGHT! The nightwatchman walks out for a duck and Axar Patel gets his second wicket of the innings. The ploy to send the nightwatchman has not worked at all and England have lost their 3rd wicket. Sharp bounce and turn for Axar Patel there. He bowls it close to the rough outside off. There is another explosion on the pitch. Leach looks to defend but the ball turns in sharply and catches the inside edge of the bat. It flies to leg slip. Rohit Sharma there takes a sharp catch. 50/3
On the pads, Dan Lawrence flicks it to the leg side and takes a run. Over to you, Leach!
Floated on off, Dan Lawrence keeps it out.
Spin and bounce on this one. It pitches on off and turns away from Lawrence. He gets on his front foot and looks to defend but misses. Pant behind the stumps fails to take it on the full. Would have been interesting to see as that was very close to the outside edge.
Flighted on off, Dan Lawrence defends it off the front foot.
Tossed up around off, Lawrence comes down the track and pushes it to mid on.
Who will walk out to bat? Will England send a nightwatchman or will the skipper come out himself? It will be a nightwatchman in the form of Jack Leach!
OUT! TAKEN! Ashwin strikes. Burns has been removed nicely. Lovely stuff from the local lad. Tossed up, around off and middle, it lands on the rough and spins away. Burns looks to work it on the leg side but ends up getting an outside edge. Kohli at second slip takes the catch nicely. Burns walks back after showing good intent. 49/2
Floated on middle, pushed to mid on.
Floated on middle, Dan comes forward and pokes it to long on for one.
Full and around off, blocked.
Flat and around middle, pushed to the right side of the bowler. Ashwin stops with his leg but it goes away towards mid on. They do not go for the single.
Floated around off, Dan comes on the front foot and looks to defend. Misses to get hit high on the pad.
Flat and on middle, kept out. 48/1
On middle, tucked through mid-wicket for one.
Floated just around off, turns away a touch. Lawrende looks to defend but is beaten.
Floated around off and middle, pushed to mid on for nothing.
Loopy and outside off, Lawrence drives but hits the silly point fielder.
Quicker one from Axar, Burns tucks it towards the leg side for one.
Floated around off, pushed towards mid on for nothing. 46/1
SIX! BANG! Good execution from Lawrence. Ashwin tosses it up and around off, Lawrence puts the dancing shoes on and launches it over long on for a biggie.
Full and on middle, tucked on the leg side for nothing.
On off, kept out.
Full and on middle, pushed to mid off.
Good stop in the slip by Rahane. Ashwin darts this short and just around off. This one doesn't spin and Lawrence is squared up a touch. An outside edge in induced. Rahane does well to dive to his right and stop the ball.
Loops this one wide outside off. Dan looks to drive but gets an inside edge. The ball goes to square leg and they cross. 40/1
On off, kept out.
On off, Lawrence looks to defend but the ball spins in and goes to the leg side off the inner half.
Floated outside off, swept to fine leg for one.
Quicker one and on middle, tucked uppishly towards the man at short leg. Bounces well in front.
Flat and around off, kept out.
FOUR BYES! This one lands on middle and viciously spins away. Pant cannot do anything about it. It races away to the fine leg fence. No bat there as the umprie signals it as byes. 38/1
Full and on middle, worked to the man at mid-wicket.
Quick single! Full and around off, Burns pushes it towards mid off and goes for a single. Siraj has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses.
Flat and around of, played back to the bowler.
Full and on middle, flicked to mid on. Rory wanted a single but Dan sends him back.
Big, big turn again! Ashwin lands this one on the rough and it spins away sharply to beat the outside edge again. Good for Ashwin.
And again! This one skids off after pitching outside off. It turns away as well and Lawrence is beaten for the outside edge. 33/1
Axar beats the outside edge this time. Pitches just outside off, goes away to beat the forward defense of Lawrence.
Flat and around off, punched on the off side.
FOUR! Another boundary! Cracking shot. Lawrence is using his feet to good effect. Axar tosses it up and around middle. Dan dances down and flicks it uppishly through mid-wicket to bag another boundary.
On off, pushed towards the cover region.
FOUR! Lawrence is off the mark with a fine boundary. Floated around off, Lawrence comes down the track and whips it through mid-wicket to get off the mark with a boundary.
FOUR! Swept and swept hard. Second boundary in the over. Ashwin tosses it up and on middle and leg. Burns gets down and nails the sweep through square leg for a boundary. Good, positive batting from Burns. He moves to 22 off 31 balls. 25/1
Floated around off, Burns comes forward and pushes it to mid on.
FOUR! Third boundary for Burns. Ashwin lands this down the leg side. Burns manages to tickle it fine down the leg side to find the fence.
Loopy and on middle, tucked towards the man at short fine leg.
Dropped short and just outside off. Burns looks to cut but misses to connect. Good sharp take from Pant to his left.
He is rooted on the back foot again as Axar bowls an arm ball around off. Lawrence keeps it out. 17/1
Flat and on middle, Dan keeps it out off his back foot.
Beaten! Tossed up and around off, a touch of spin away and Lawrence is beaten.
Darts the arm ball again. Lawrence looks to defend off the back foot but ends up getting an inside edge on the pad.
Dan Lawrence walks out at number 3! Can he survive the remaining day's play along with Burns?
OUT! LBW! This is as plumb as it could be. He has a chat with his partner at the other end and opts against the DRS. Axar darts this flat with the arm. It pitches around off and middle and skids in sharply. Sibley goes on the back foot and looks to work it on the leg side but misses to get hit on the pad. A loud, loud appeal and the finger is raised. The Indians celebrate. The debutant gets the breakthrough for the Indians.
On off, poked towards the off side by Sibley.
Floated outside off, poked towards backward point this time. 17/0
Big turn! Big bounce! Good take! Ashwin lands it full and just around off, it spins away as Burns looks to defend. It goes to the left of the keeper and bounces extra. Pant does well to collect.
Loopy and around off, Sibley comes on the front foot to block.
Floated around off, pushed back to the bowler.
Loopy and on middle, Burns goes for the sweep this time. Fails to middle and it goes to short fine leg.
Looped up and on middle, played back to the bowler.
Floated around off, Sibley is solid in defense. 17/0
Too full and Sibley drives it well. Silly point intercepts with his body.
On off, Dom blocks.
Full and around off, Sibley looks to defend but it goes off the inner half to the leg side.
On middle, this time it is kept out.
Lovely ball again! Axar lands it full and on the rough. Pitches and bounces extra to beat the forward prod.
On the pads this time. Burns clips it through square leg and bags two more. Eventful over ends. 17/0
FOUR! Lovely shot! Tossed up and around off, Burns dances down the track and strokes it through mid on for a boundary.
Uppish again! This one is fuller and around off, spins in. It takes the inner half and goes between short leg and leg gully. One more single.
Was there an edge? There was. A chance goes begging. Floated on middle, it spins away and takes the outside edge as Burns looks to defend. Pant cannot catch to his left. It hits his pad and goes over the slip fielders. A single taken. Ashwin is not pleased. If it had not hit Pant's pad, it was heading to the first slip fielder.
Full and on middle, played back to Ashwin this time.
Tossed up and outside off, it lands on the rough and goes away. Burns lets it go.
Extra bounce this time. It pitches around off and bounces extra. Sibley defends off the upper part of the bat. 9/0
Fuller and just outside off, Dom keeps it out.
Outside off, Sibley trusts the pitch and lets it be.
Floated full and around off, Sibley is on the front foot to block.
On middle, nudged on the leg side for an easy single.
Floated around off, kept out by Burns.
Change from the other end as well. Axar Patel is back from the other end.
Turn and bounce but good from Sibley. It pitches outside off and spins in with extra bounce. Sibley stays back to block. 8/0
Flat and around off, this time he blocks it nicely.
Loopy and around off, Sibley looks to work it on the leg side but it goes off the inner half towards the off side.
Floated around off, Dom is on the front foot to block.
On the pads, Sibley flicks it wide of deep square leg for two.
Beats the bat first ball. Lovely start from Ashwin. Darts it quicker and just outside off. Sibley looks to defend but misses to connect as it spins a touch away. Pant fumbles a couple of times but catches it in the end.
The man of the moment is here! The local lad who has had a tremendous Test match so far is back in action. Ravichandran Ashwin is introduced into the attack and to no surprise, the crowd is at its loudest!
Fullish and just outside off, Burns is solid behind the line to block nicely. Maiden from Ishant. 6/0
In the channel outside off, comes back in. Left alone by Burns.
Ouch! A short one from Ishant. He is early in his attempt though and ends up getting off the toe end of the willow.
Ishant continues to attack the stumps. Fullish and around off, kept out.
Angled in from around off again. Burns is solid in defense.
Good length and angled in. Burns blocks nicely. on the off side.
A huge cheer from the crowd as Ravichandran Ashwin comes onto the field.
Sibley this time is solid behind the ball to block it confidently. A maiden to begin from Axar. 6/0
Beats the bat again does Axar. Once again he is able to land it on the rough. Dom comes forward and looks to defend but it spins away to beat the outside edge.
Big turn again! Tossed up and outside off, lands and spins away sharply. Pant does well to collect it to his right.
Floated around off, kept out.
Floated full and on middle, flicked to square leg.
Turn straightaway! Axar tosses the first ball and lands it on the rough just outside off. It spins away and beats the outside edge.
Will it be spin from the other end or will see pace? It is going to be Axar Patel who will share the new ball first up with Ishant Sharma.
Good ball to end the over! Good leave too. This one is angled in from outside off. Burns is confident about his stumps as he allows Pant to collect. 6/0
Fuller and wide outside off, pushed towards the man at backward point
This time Ishant misses the line again and bowls it down the leg side. Burns fails to connect his flick. Pant puts in a dive to his right to collect.
Ishant lands this one around off and it comes back in. Burns looks to defend but gets hit high on the pad.
Uppish but in the gap! Two more for Burns. Fuller and outside off, Burns reaches out and pushes it through the gap between cover-point. Two taken.
FOUR! Runs for Burns straightaway! Ishant slips the first ball down the leg side. Burns flicks it through square leg and bags a boundary first ball.