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India vs England, 2nd Test, Day 2, Highlights: Ashwin's all round show puts hosts in command
Live scores and updates of day 2 of the 2nd Test between India and England.
OUT! Saha just did a Dhoni! Excellent throw from Jayant Yadav near deep deep square-leg, and Hameed gets caught in the middle of the pitch while coming back for a second. Saha moves forward to collect the ball, and does a backhand throw to the stumps to break the stumps — a la Dhoni in the 4th ODI vs NZ at Ranchi. England 51/2 after 21 overs.
Haseeb Hameed run out (Jayant/Saha) 13(50)
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Jayant Yadav: "Thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to tomorrow. (On Debut Test match) When we start playing proper cricket, when you get into an academy, all you dream of playing is Test cricket. Coincidentally, I had my ODI and Test debut at the same ground. The first day, it did hover on my head [Test cap] for a long time. In the dressing room, people share a lot of things. So a lot of debutants, like KL told me what to expect. (When asked about what was the talk going on while batting with Ashwin) Ash was doing much of the talking in our partnership and he was just saying to express yourself, nothing special. (On the review that gave him first wicket) Wriddhi [Wriddhiman Saha] did the job of convincing the captain. We had the same view on whether the ball was hitting the stumps. India A is a very good stepping stone. There's a vast difference in U19, First class and international cricket. Rahul bhai being my mentor and coach helped. More than the skills it's about handling the crunch situations. Definitely, waiting for tomorrow to start,"
Stumps, Day 2: Ravichandran Ashwin's all round show on Day 2 has put India in a commanding position. Shami began the damage after castling Cook for 2. But then it was a poor batting by England. Hameed departed because of a run out, Root played a poor shot after getting to his century. And Duckett, well he has a long way to go against spin. However, Bairstow and Stokes ensured that the visitors dont lose another wicket.
After 48 overs,England 98/5 ( Ben Stokes 12 , Jonny Bairstow (W) 7)
India take a review in the 44th over for a caught behind. The decision to go upstairs was because of the noise, but replay suggests Stokes hit his pad. Decision stays. Shami comes back into the attack replacing Jayant. Two maidens follow. To add to England's woes, the ball is reversing now. Shami brings one back sharply while bowling to Bairstow, misses the stumps but a brave leave.
After 43 overs,England 91/5 ( Ben Stokes 7 , Jonny Bairstow (W) 5)
3 maidens in the last 5 overs and a bizzare incident. Jayant Yadav's delivery hit the bail when Stokes was batting, but didn't come off. Finally a four in the 43rd over, first since the 25th over, Stokes cuts Jayant through covers.
After 38 overs,England 85/5 ( Ben Stokes 3 , Jonny Bairstow (W) 3)
"India all over England here," Nasser Hussain sums it up perfectly in the commentary box. Visitors' struggle against spin has began and 455 seems very very long. Three consecutive overs, one of them saw the wicket of Moeen Ali.
Report, Day 1: Riding on brilliant centuries by skipper Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, India posted a commanding 317/4 against England on the opening day of the second Test match at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
Kohli (151) and Ravichandran Ashwin (1) were at the crease when umpires concluded the day's play. Pujara made 119, hitting 12 boundaries and two sixes. It was his 10th Test century and his third hundred in four innings.
Kohli then scored his 14th Test ton, riding on 15 boundaries. He is playing his 50 Test match, in which he scored his seventh century as skipper.
The Kohli-Pujara pair put on 226 runs for the third wicket, that proved to be the key element of the day and wrested the initiative from England. The visitors started the day brilliantly, reducing the hosts to 22/2 after five overs.
Kohli and Pujara ensured England couldn't cash in on the early dismissals of openers KL Rahul (0), brought back to the side in place of Gautam Gambhir, and Murali Vijay (20).
Rahul, playing after shaking off a hamstring injury, lasted only five deliveries and got dismissed only in the second over the day, poking a good length delivery outside off stump into the slip cordon off Stuart Broad (1/39).
Vijay got off to a decent start, hitting four boundaries off James Anderson and Broad. But he was undone by a well-directed bouncer from Anderson, who finished with 3/44 on his return from injury.
Kohli and Pujara began the innings rebuilding process on a good batting track. They weren't troubled by the English bowlers, who tried to probe them with an outside the off-stump line.
The Indian pair balanced attack with defence beautifully, playing well within themselves, never letting pressure get to their nerves.
Seeing them playing pace comfortably, England skipper Alastair Cook tried spin to lure them into making mistakes. But they were equally at ease against the spinners.
India went into lunch at 92/2, with both the right-handers looking well set.
After the duo got the measure of the pitch, they launched into the offensive, scoring at a quick pace, adding 118 runs in the post-lunch session, while posting their respective half centuries, to put pressure on England.
The partnership consolidated their dominance further until Pujara was caught behind off Anderson in the 67th over.
A stray dog disrupted the proceedings in the final over before tea, with the groundsmen struggling to get the animal off the field. The dog disruption forced the umpires to call for an early break.
But it was hardly any distraction for the dominating Kohli-Pujara duo. They took India to a comfortable 210/2 with Pujara on 97 and Kohli on 91.
After tea also, it was a smooth sailing for India until Pujara lost his concentration and got out in the 67th over to Anderson.
Kohli was joined by Ajinkya Rahane (23). The pair guided India towards the close as the skipper went past 150.
But Anderson struck again with the new ball late in the day, earning England a crucial breakthrough, inducing an edge from Rahane.
India's score would have been even more imposing had Rahane not lost his wicket in the penultimate over of the day.
Ashwin negotiated the final over nervously.
With IANS inputs.
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