Ravichandran Ashwin‘s century in the second test was the story of day 3 as the all-rounder made merry at his home ground to add to England’s misery. Coming in to bat with India at a precarious position, the offie put on an excellent partnership with skipper Virat Kohli as both got to their fifties. After Kohli’s departure, he hung around with the tailenders to ensure that he got to his hundred eventually.
It was a truly special knock from Ashwin as it also saw him make history and go to second in the list of number of times a player has scored a century and taken a five-wicket haul in the same match, having done it three times now. Only Sir Ian Botham has done it more times – five.
England waste a review needlessly
In the last over before lunch bowled by part-timer Dan Lawrence, England went for a review against Ashwin for caught-behind as the delivery spun sharply and went outside leg-stump. Ben Foakes received the ball single-handedly and went for an appeal. Replays then showed that there was a huge gap between bat and pad and the sound that had come was from the bat hitting the ground.
England thus, lost their review and it turned out to be a truly bizarre decision to take the review. The move seemed more like one of desperation than genuine hope.