India vs England, 2nd Test: Stuart Broad, Adil Rashid star as hosts dismissed for 204 at lunch
Stuart Broad led an inspired England bowling attack Sunday as India were all out for 204 at lunch on day four of the second Test in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
Visakhapatnam: Stuart Broad led an inspired England bowling attack on Sunday, as India were all out for 204 at lunch on Day four of the second Test in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
India began at the day 98 for 3 with captain Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane in. However, Broad seemed to start from where he left off on Day three — when he had dismissed both Indian openers — as he scalped Rahane for 26. He followed it up with the wicket of Ravichandran Ashwin, who edged behind, making only seven.
Adil Rashid then came to the party, trapping Wriddhiman Saha. But the big wicket of Kohli was the turning point, as Ben Stokes took a magnificent catch in the slips to dismiss the Indian captain for 81, 19 short of what would have been a second century in this Test.
Rashid then removed Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav to leave India hanging short of a psychologically steady target of 400-plus.
But the final pair of Mohammed Shami and debutant Jayant Yadav put up a spirited rearguard partnership of 42 to frustrate England and take India's lead beyond 400, before Moeen Ali opened his tally getting Shami stumped.
The standout performer for the visitors was Stuart Broad, who is said to be suffering from an injury and is likely to miss the next Test. However, with figures of 4 for 33, including a massive spell of eight consecutive overs, he was the pick of the bowlers at Vizag. Rashid scalped four wickets as well, getting the crucial wickets of Kohli and Jadeja.
England have been set a formidable 405 win to win batting last, with five sessions to get them.
There were fears the Ashes would be cancelled after months of concern over tough Covid-19 quarantine guidelines which England's players and their families will have to follow in Australia.
"There was never too much doubt that everyone was keen to go and play," Woakes told reporters.
Jos Buttler could be the only England player not to agree to travel to Australia.