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Ravichandran Ashwin, Rohit Sharma put India in command

Ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday picked his 29th five-wicket Test haul to help India strengthen their position in the ongoing second match

Rohit Sharma

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  15 Feb 2021 3:49 AM GMT

CHENNAI: Ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday picked his 29th five-wicket Test haul to help India strengthen their position in the ongoing second match against England here at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

After bowling out England for just 134, India reached 54/1 in their second innings at Stumps on Day Two, thus swelling their lead to 249 runs.

Rohit Sharma, who had scored a brilliant 161 in India's first innings, was unbeaten at the crease on 25 and was accompanied by CheteshwarPujara who was batting on 7.

Shubman Gill was the lone wicket to fall in India's second innings as he was out lbw against spinner Jack Leach after scoring 14 runs.

Earlier, Ashwin and debutant Axar Patel made full use of the spin-friendly conditions as India bundled out the visitors inside 60 overs.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes was the lone England batsman who could tackle the Indian bowlers on a wearing 'Chepauk' pitch. He remained not out on 42 runs for which he consumed 107 balls. The right-handed batsman hit four boundaries during the course of his innings.

Ollie Pope (22) and Ben Stokes (18) were the other two batters who made notable contributions during the course of the England innings.

Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts as he scalped five wickets, conceding 43 runs. Ishant Sharma and Patel picked two wickets each while Mohammad Siraj scalped one.

In the morning session, India could add just 29 runs before getting bundled out for 329 as Rishabh Pant remained not out on 58 as India's tail could stay long at the crease. AjinkyaRahane had also contributed with valuable 67. IANS

SCOREBOARD

INDIA : 1st innings: (overnight 300/6)

Rishabh Pant not out 58

Axar Patel stFoakes b Moeen 5

Ishant Sharma c Burns b Moeen 0

KuldeepYadav c Foakes b Stone 0

Mohammed SirajcFoakes b Stone 4

Extras: 0: Total: 329-10 (95.5)

FOW:Rahane (249-5, 75.2), Ashwin (284-6, 82.3), Patel (301-7, 89.2), Sharma (301-8, 89.4), Yadav (325-9, 95.3), Siraj (329-10, 95.5)

Bowling:

Stuart Broad 11 2 37 0

Olly Stone 15.5 5 47 3

Jack Leach 27 3 78 2

Ben Stokes 2 0 16 0

Moeen Ali 29 3 128 4

*Joe Root 11 3 23 1

ENGLAND : 1st innings:

Rory Burns lbw b Ishant 0

Dominic Sibley c Kohli b Ashwin 16

Daniel Lawrence c Gill b Ashwin 9

*Joe Root c Ashwin b Axar 6

Ben Stokes b Ashwin 18

Ollie Pope c Pant b Siraj 22

Ben Foakes not out 42

Moeen Ali c Rahane b Axar 6

Olly Stone c Rohit b Ashwin 1

Jack Leach c Pant b Ishant 5

Stuart Broad b Ashwin 0

Extras: 9; Total: 134-10 (59.5)

FOW:Burns (0-1, 0.3), Sibley (16-2, 7.2), Root (23-3, 10.3), Lawrence (39-4, 18), Stokes (52-5, 23.1), Pope (87-6, 38.1), Ali (105-7, 48.1), Stone (106-8, 49.2), Leach (131-9, 58.5), Broad (134-10, 59.5)

Bowling:

Ishant Sharma 5 1 22 2

Ravichandran Ashwin23.5 4 43 5

Axar Patel 20 3 40 2

KuldeepYadav 6 1 16 0

Mohammed Siraj5 4 5 1

INDIA : 2nd innings:

Rohit Sharma not out 25

Shubman Gill lbw b Leach 14

CheteshwarPujara not out 7

Extras: 8; Total: 54-1 (18)

FOW:Shubman Gill (42-1, 11.2)

Bowling:

Olly Stone 2 0 8 0

Jack Leach 9 2 19 1

Moeen Ali 7 2 19 0

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