Team India showed no signs of hospitality for the visiting team-England on Day 2 of the ongoing second Test in Chennai.
Continuing on the overnight score of 300, Rishabh Pant and Axar Patel walked the pitch during the first session but couldn’t carry the innings longer. Soon India were bundled 329, and England batsmen walked the pitch for their first innings.
Indian spinners bowled out entire England batting lineup for 134 with a trail of 195 runs to grab on.
With the likely expectations of the pitch worsening further, Team India refrained from giving a follow on, instead walked down or their second innings.
As Team India finished 54/1 (18) at the end of Day 2 with a lead of 249 runs, we look at the talking points from the days play.
Ravishing Rishabh Pant
Just when India kept losing wickets at the other end, Rishabh Pant resorted to his hard-hitting before England could stagger Team India from the other end. In his quick-paced knock of 58 runs, he smashed seven sixes and three fours.
Ruckus by Ravichandran Ashwin
India’s off-spinner Ravi Ashwin skills coupled with the turning pitch of Chepauk where he took a five-wicket haul. He scalped three prime batsmen- Dominic Sibley, Daniel Lawrence and Ben Stokes. His economy of 1.8 was exceptional as he bowled close to 24 overs during England’s first innings.
Axar Patel’s beginners’ luck
The left-arm spinner, who made his debut in the Test series, etched the same in glorious letters as he dismissed England skipper Joe Root in his maiden Test wicket. He later departed their last key batsmen Moeen Ali. Besides, he leaked a very few runs in the 20 overs he bowled and maintained an economy of 2 per over.