India vs England: Visitors lose Alastair Cook early after limiting hosts to 455 in second session
Mohammed Shami shattered skipper Alastair Cook's off stump in an early blow as England began their pursuit of India's 455 on day two of the second Test on Friday.
Visakhapatnam: Mohammed Shami shattered skipper Alastair Cook's off stump in an early blow as England began their pursuit of India's first-innings 455 on day two of the second Test on Friday.
England were 34 for one at tea, with teenage opener Haseeb Hameed (9) and Joe Root (22) at the crease. The visitors still trail India's total by 421 runs.
Shami bowled an inspired first spell with the new ball as he cleaned up Cook for two in the third over of the innings.
Shami's sensational delivery pitched on a good length before moving in a shade to hit the top of Cook's off stump and break it in two, leaving England 4-1.
Hameed, who impressed on debut with a well-made 82 in the second innings of the Rajkot Test, then held firm with Root as they put on an unbeaten 30-run stand.
Earlier, all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin struck a crucial half-century before the hosts were bowled out in the afternoon session.
Ashwin's fighting 58 came after England spinner Moeen Ali checked the Indian charge with three wickets in the morning session, including skipper Virat Kohli for 167.
Ashwin put on 64 runs for the eighth wicket with debutant Jayant Yadav, who scored 35, guiding India to a respectable first innings score on a pitch that is expected to offer turn as the match progresses.
India, who resumed the day on 317 for four, were reduced to 363 for seven before Ashwin countered the England bowling attack.
Earlier Kohli's 226-run third-wicket partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara (119) on the opening day was the highlight of the Indian innings after the hosts elected to bat first.
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