India Has 416-run Lead, 3rd Day Against England In 2nd Test
CHENNAI, India: Local hero Ravichandran Ashwin delivered a series of body blows to England as the tourists struggled to 53-3 at stumps on day three of the second test against India on Monday.
With England needing an unlikely 482 for victory, Ashwin followed up his century with the bat by dismissing Rory Burns for 25 while fellow spinner Axar Patel claimed 2-15.
Earlier, Ashwin (106) scored his fifth test century as India was bowled out for 286 in the second innings.
Post tea, Ishant Sharma was caught for seven off England’s Jack Leach, who finished with 4-100. Fellow spinner Moeen Ali also took 4-98.
The 34-year-old Ashwin then pushed the score beyond 250 in Mohammed Sirajs company before reaching his century off 134 balls, to much celebration from fans at his home ground.
The two batsmen added 49 runs for the last wicket to add insult to injury for England. Olly Stone (1-21) finally dismissed Ashwin in the 86th over to close out the innings.
England then lost its first wicket when Patel trapped Dominic Sibley lbw for three.
Burns and Dan Lawrence put on 32 for the second wicket before Ashwin had Burns caught at slip as he played against the turn.
Six balls later, Patel dismissed nightwatchman Leach for a duck.
Joe Root came out to bat and survived a huge lbw shout before the close of play. In a strange DRS call, the ball seemed to be hitting the stumps but the in-form England captain survived owing to the umpires on-field, not-out decision.
At stumps, Lawrence was unbeaten on 19 while Root was two not out.
England is 1-0 up in the four-match series.
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