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India vs England 2nd Test, Day 2 Highlights: How Ashwin, Rohit kept IND on top

India vs England (IND vs ENG) 2nd Test Day 2 Highlights: India take on England on Day 2 of the second Test in Chennai

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: February 15, 2021 8:37:59 am
India-vs-England-day-2India vs England Day 2, Highlights: India are on top.

India vs England 2nd Test Day 2 Highlights: India placed themselves in a commanding position by stretching their overall lead to 249 runs at stumps on the second day of the second Test against England on Sunday. At the close of play, Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara were batting on 25 and 7 respectively, as India reached 54 for one in their second innings on a day when the English batsmen were at sea against the home team’s spinners, especially Ravichandran Ashwin, who returned excellent figures of 5/43.

Off-spinner R Ashwin returned yet another five-wicket haul as India bundled out England for 134 to take a huge first-inning lead of 195 on the second day of the second Test, on Sunday. India had resumed at the overnight score of 300 for six and managed 329 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, losing the remaining four wickets in quick time.

Led by Ashwin (5/43) the Indian attack did a much better job than the first Test. Pacer Ishant Sharma (2/22) and left-arm spinner Axar Patel (2/40) took two wickets apiece. Ben Foakes batted with determination to resists the India attack. He remained unbeaten at 42.

Earlier, India scored 329 in their first innings, having resumed their batting on Day 2 from a score 300/6. Rishabh Pant remained stranded on 58* as all the wickets fell at his opposite end.

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India vs England 2nd Test Day 2 Highlights:

16:34 (IST)14 Feb 2021
Stumps on Day 2:

India 54/1, lead by 249 runs | The end of a day in which India have seized complete control of the second Test in Chennai. Not a huge amount to encourage England heading into day three.

16:32 (IST)14 Feb 2021
Controversial moment

A hint of controversy once again after England lose a review. The on-field umpire reckoned that Rohit was playing a shot. England not pleased Rohit then gets another LBW call reversed successfully.  India - 52/1, lead by 247 runs

16:02 (IST)14 Feb 2021
Leach strikes!

Gill is trapped lbw for 14 and India lose their first wicket of the second innings. Shubman Gill reviews the lbw decision, but it's unsuccessful. IND- 42/1

16:01 (IST)14 Feb 2021
PM Modi shares a snap

The Prime Minister flying his way out of the city.

15:58 (IST)14 Feb 2021
Rohit survives

Moeen Ali gets the better of Rohit, who dances down, swings big, and misses the ball. But Foakes doesn't collect it cleanly behind and he survives

15:56 (IST)14 Feb 2021
Masssive!

The trademark Rohit Sharma pull and Olly Stone is deposited into the deep square leg stands. 

15:22 (IST)14 Feb 2021
IND resume

So we are back live with Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill are at the crease. Rohit is on strike. Olly Stone will open the attack. Let's play

15:21 (IST)14 Feb 2021
How good was Ashwin?

Ravichandran Ashwin has claimed a five-wicket haul on 20 occasions since the start of 2015 in Tests; 5 more then any other bowler across that period. Ashwin also becomes the first bowler to dismiss 200 left-handers in Test cricket.

His most frequent victims - all lefties.
10 David Warner
9 Alastair Cook / Ben Stokes
7 Ed Cowan / James Anderson

15:16 (IST)14 Feb 2021
Bowled!! England all out

Back-to-back five-wicket hauls for R Ashwin in Chennai. India take a first-innings lead of 195. England have just posted 134 all out; only once before have they recorded a lower 1st innings Test score in Asia (81 in SL, 2007). 

15:00 (IST)14 Feb 2021
WICKET!

England have ensured they won't be following on, before Rishabh Pant pulls off a stunning catch to dismiss Jack Leach. One more brilliant catch from Pant. ENG- 131/9

14:59 (IST)14 Feb 2021
England avoid the follow-on

3 runs to Foakes as the ball from Ishant seams in sharply, Foakes gets opened up a wee bit and skews it off the outer half behind point. ENG- /131/8

14:57 (IST)14 Feb 2021
Back Live

Back again for what is expected to be an enthralling final session on Day 2. England's first goal at the moment would be to avoid the follow-on which is still 24 runs away.

14:13 (IST)14 Feb 2021
Tea - England 106/8, trail by 223

Saved by the bell! The Tea break is taken, England are saved from the collapse. Ben Foakes is England's hope of staving off a follow-on, but he has only the English tail to play with. Still a few runs to get before the visitors can get to safety. England are now 106/8, trailing by 223 runs at the Tea break on Day 2.

14:09 (IST)14 Feb 2021
8th wicket

New man Olly Stone comes and goes. Ashwin picks up a 4th wicket. England are collapsing and they handing over the first innings lead on a platter to India. Stone is out for 1.

ENG 106/8

14:07 (IST)14 Feb 2021
Moeen Ali out for 6

Siraj strays on the pads on one occasion and Foakes whips away a boundary. He becomes just the second batsman in the lineup to enter his 20s. England cross 100 in the 47th over. But then there is the 7th wicket. Rahane, with a diving catch at slip, the fielder who brings about that wicket. Moeen is gone for 6, Axar picks up his second wicket on debut.

ENG 106/7

13:52 (IST)14 Feb 2021
India lose last remaining Review

Ashwin replaces Kuldeep (6-1-16-0) for one final spell in the afternoon session, with Siraj continuing from the other end. Ashwin's new ball spell demolished England's top order, can he strike a few more telling blows with the old ball? India go for an LBW Review against Foakes -- and lose their last remaining Review,

ENG 98/6

13:43 (IST)14 Feb 2021
Moeen Ali gets the better of Kuldeep

Kuldeep draws a leading edge from Moeen Ali but the ball lands safe. In Kuldeep's next over, Moeen rocks back to cut a four - his first boundary of the match. 

ENG 97/6

13:23 (IST)14 Feb 2021
Siraj gets a breakthrough

Siraj is brought into the attack in the 39th over for the first time. And he takes a wicket with his very first ball. A wicket first ball in India for Siraj. Pope tries to flick, but just gets an inside edge to go through to the keeper. India have a sixth wicket. 

ENG 87/6

13:09 (IST)14 Feb 2021
Kuldeep Yadav replaces Ashwin

Kuldeep is brought into the attack with around one hour left of the afternoon session. Ashwin is given a rest, with Axar till operating from one end. Kuldeep is driven down the ground for a four by Foakes. 

ENG 82/5

12:59 (IST)14 Feb 2021
India save their Review

A few big LBW appeals but India do not go for their Reviews with only one left in the bank. Foakes hits a four down the ground off Ashwin, with India still sticking with Ashwin and Axar. Will we see Kuldeep in operation soon?

ENG 77/5