India vs England 2021: Ravichandran Ashwin’s century puts India on top at end of day 3

India then picked up three wickets in England's second innings before stumps.

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Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin

Hometown hero Ravichandran Ashwin headlined day 3 of the second test between India and England in Chennai with a knock for the ages to put India in a very strong position. Amidst all the noise and talk surrounding the playability of the pitch and the pitch suiting the bowlers too much, the all-rounder showed that with proper application and grit, a big score was very much possible.

The English bowlers were worn out by the time the Indian batters were dismissed as what looked like an early wrap up took way too long. India at one stage were on 106/6 and in the first session at that. However, it was only towards the middle of the final session that India got all-out. It was all due to Ashwin’s knock along with excellent support from first, Virat Kohli and then No. 11 batsman Mohammed Siraj.

Ashwin comes up with a knock for the ages

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Ravichandran Ashwin

In the first session of the day, it all started to go awry for India as the wickets started falling right from the first over. Cheteshwar Pujara got himself run-out before Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant found themselves stumped thanks to quick glovework from Ben Foakes. Ajinkya Rahane and Axar Patel couldn’t last against spin either meaning Virat Kohli and Ravi Ashwin had to build a partnership.

That was exactly what they did as both notched up fifties in contrasting fashion. Kohli was watchful and patient as ever while Ashwin took some risks to get to the mark. After Kohli’s wicket and those of Kuldeep Yadav and Ishant Sharma, Ashwin was left on 77 with Mohammed Siraj to get to his 100. The offie received excellent support from the No. 11 batsman as he took on the English bowlers to get to his 5th 100 and also go second on the list of number of times a player has scored a hundred and taken a fifer in the same match, having done it thrice. By the time he got out, India’s score was 286 with a lead of 482.

In England’s reply, the openers started off positively before Dom Sibley lost his wicket to Axar Patel trapped plumb in front. Ashwin’s day then got better as he removed Rory Burns before night watchman Jack Leach was removed for a duck by Axar. Dan Lawrence and Joe Root then saw out the day as England ended on 53/3.

Scores

India – 1st innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsBalls
Rohit Sharmac Ali b Leach161231
Shubman Gilllbw Stone03
Cheteshwar Pujarac Stokes b Leach2158
Virat Kohlib Ali05
Ajinkya Rahaneb Ali67149
Rishabh Pantnot out5877
Ravichandran Ashwinc Pope b Root1319
Axar Patelst Foakes b Ali514
Ishant Sharmac Burns b Ali02
Kuldeep Yadavc Foakes b Stone015
Mohammed Sirajc Foakes b Stone42

Total – 329 all-out in 95.5 overs

BowlerOversRunsWickets
Stuart Broad11370
Olly Stone15.5473
Jack Leach27782
Ben Stokes2160
Moeen Ali291284
Joe Root11231

England – 1st innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsBalls
Rory Burnslbw b Ishant03
Dom Sibleyc Kohli b Ashwin1625
Dan Lawrencec Gill b Ashwin952
Joe Rootc Ashwin b Axar612
Ben Stokesb Ashwin1834
Ollie Popec Pant b Siraj2257
Ben Foakesnot out42107
Moeen Alic Rahane b Axar630
Olly Stonec Rohit b Ashwin14
Jack Leachc Pant b Ishant534
Stuart Broadb Ashwin02

Total – 134 all-out in 59.5 overs

BowlerOversRunsWickets
Ishant Sharma5221
Ravichandran Ashwin23.5435
Axar Patel20402
Kuldeep Yadav6160
Mohammed Siraj551

India – 2nd innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsBalls
Rohit Sharmast Foakes b Leach2670
Shubman Gilllbw b Leach1428
Cheteshwar Pujararun out (Pope/Foakes)723
Virat Kohlilbw b Ali62149
Rishabh Pantst Foakes b Leach811
Ajinkya Rahanec Pope b Moeen1014
Axar Patellbw b Ali718
Ravichandran Ashwinb Stone106148
Kuldeep Yadavlbw b Ali39
Ishant Sharmac Stone b Leach724
Mohammed Sirajnot out1621

Total – 286 all-out in 85.5 overs

BowlerOversRunsWickets
Olly Stone6.5211
Jack Leach331004
Moeen Ali32984
Joe Root4150
Stuart Broad9250
Dan Lawrence170

England – 2nd innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsBalls
Rory Burnsc Kohli b Ashwin2542
Dom Sibleylbw b Axar325
Dan Lawrencebatting
Jack Leachc Rohit b Axar01
Joe Rootbatting

Total – 53/3 in 19 overs

BowlerOversRunsWickets
Ishant Sharma260
Axar Patel9152
Ravichandran Ashwin8281

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