India vs England: Ravichandran Ashwin holds fort at lunch on Day 2 after flurry of wickets
Ravichandran Ashwin was batting on 47 as India reached 415/7 at the end of the first session on Day 2 of the second Test between India and England at Vizag.
Visakhapatnam: Off-spinner Moeen Ali put India on the backfoot, claiming three quick wickets in the morning session as the hosts reached 415/7 at lunch on day two of the second Test against England at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Friday.
Resuming at 317/4, India started well with skipper Virat Kohli and all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin taking India over the 350-run mark before Ali removed Kohli for a brilliant 167 and then dismissed stumper Wriddhiman Saha (3) and Ravindra Jadeja (0).
Ashwin (47 not out) and debutant Jayant Yadav (26 not out) were at the crease when the umpires called for lunch.
Kohli had earlier put India in pole position on Day 1 after forging a 226-run third-wicket stand with Cheteshwar Pujara (119), rescuing the hosts out of a position of bother. Comeback batsman KL Rahul disappointed after edging to Ben Stokes off Stuart Broad's bowling to depart for a six-ball duck, while Murali Vijay, who struck a century in the first Test at Rajkot, departed for 20 after hitting a couple of boundaries.
Kohli, who had been dropped on 56 off Stokes' bowling, managed to shake off the ghosts of the 2014 tour with the century against the team he has the lowest Test average against (having playing more than one match). Both the Indian skipper and Pujara brought up their centuries in the final session of the opening day, before the latter departed off James Anderson's bowling.
Kohli had earlier announced two changes to the playing XI for the second Test — the first-ever hosted in Vizag — with Rahul and Jayant Yadav coming in place of Gautam Gambhir and Amit Mishra. Jayant, who made his one-day debut at the same venue in the final ODI against New Zealand, received his maiden Test cap from cricketer-turned commentator Ravi Shastri. England made one change by bringing Anderson in place of Chris Woakes.
Harshal stressed that Kohli, who has decided to step down as India T20 captain after the upcoming World Cup and RCB skipper post the ongoing IPL, remains a "leader".
IPL 2021: 'Gave my best, tried to create culture for youngsters', Kolhi bids farewell to RCB captaincy
'I would be in the RCB till the last day I play in the IPL,' said Kohli on being asked if he will play for RCB next season.
Chappell said T20 has an edge over the traditional format because of the short duration of time needed for the completion of a game.