Day 1: On a tough pitch, Rohit Sharma proves how special a player he is
Day 2: Ashwin’s genius, Axar’s supporting act spin England into big trouble
Day 3: Kohli and Ashwin show there is more than one way to thrive on this Chennai wicket
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The third Test between the two teams begins in Ahmedabad on February 24.
Player of the match R Ashwin: “As bad as the pitch looked, a lot has been said, it was the mind that got the wickets more than the pitch.”
Virat Kohli: “It was strange to play the first game – at home without a crowd. We were flat at the start of the first Test, myself included. The conditions were challenging for both sides, but we showed more application. We had the runs and knew our bowlers could do the job in home conditions. Don’t think the toss mattered, it wasn’t unfair to either team.”
Joe Root: “Credit to India, they outplayed us in all three departments. It was a bit of an education on how to play in such conditions. I think on day one we could’ve been tighter and made it harder for them to score. We will learn our lessons. The series is set up nicely as we head into the day-night Test in Ahmedabad. It’s important for us to stay level as a team. We have played some good cricket in the recent past.”
Axar Patel: “The pitch had plenty in it for spinners. I was focused on getting the speed right. Tried to be patient and wait for the batsmen to make a mistake. I don’t think it would have made any difference if we had lost the toss. Confidence is high after getting a five-for on debut. Happy to have contributed in the win.”
Kuldeep Yadav: “When you play after two years, it feels like another debut. Got a lot of guidance from Ashwin. We weren’t under pressure after losing the first Test. The team had been in such positions earlier. We were pretty relaxed and confident of performing well. Rishabh Pant’s keeping was superb.”
Eng 164 all out
Moeen is the last man to be dismissed. Stumped off Kuldeep. Threw it up wide and Pant did the rest. India have won by 317 runs. Moeen Ali st Pant b Kuldeep Yadav 43(18)
Eng 160/9 after 54 overs (Moeen 39, Broad 5)
Moeen continues along his merry way – he has 39 off 16 balls with 2 fours and 5 sixes. A four off the second ball, a six off the third. A different challenge for Ashwin.
Eng 149/9 after 53 overs (Moeen 28, Broad 5)
One four for Broad in the over. England have decided they are going to go down all guns blazing.
Eng 145/9 after 52 overs (Moeen 28, Broad 1)
For Moeen... a hat-trick of sixes. He has 28 off 12 balls. Hitting straight and not using the sweep shot. Good hitting this.
Eng 126/9 after 51.1 overs (Moeen 10)
WICKET! Axar traps Stone LBW. The sweep shot doesn’t connect with the ball and the batsman is trapped in front. Axar now has 5/41. Brilliant. Olly Stone lbw b Axar 0(5)
Eng 126/8 after 51 overs (Moeen 10, Stone 0)
The match is lost so Moeen is going to look to have some fun. A six and a four off Kuldeep.
Eng 116/8 after 49.2 overs (Moeen 0)
WICKET! Axar sends back Root and that is that. Went forward to try and play it, the ball turned and bounced. Took the edge, then Pant’s gloves on the way to Rahane at first slip. Easy catch. Root c Rahane b Axar 33(92)
Eng 116/7 after 49 overs (Root 33, Moeen 0)
Kuldeep finishes his over. A few more wickets will do his confidence a world of good.
Teams are back on the field for what might be the final session of the match. India need three wickets to win.
Eng 116/7 after 48.3 overs (Root 33)
WICKET! Foakes gets the sweep shot wrong and Axar takes the catch easily to give Kuldeep his first wicket of the game. And that is lunch too. Foakes c Axar b Kuldeep Yadav 2(9)
In the session: 29.3 overs, 63 runs, 4 wickets.
Eng 116/6 after 48 overs (Root 33, Foakes 2)
Axar doing it all. Beating Root’s outside edge a couple of times. Beating the inside edge too. Big LBW appeal.
Eng 113/6 after 46.2 overs (Root 32, Foakes 0)
DROPPED! Siraj at backward point drops a sitter. Root miscued a revere sweep. It looped to Siraj, who somehow made a mess of it. That hurts. Kuldeep the bowler.
Eng 112/6 after 45 overs (Root 29, Foakes 0)
One run from the Kuldeep over. England’s best batsman in the first innings, Ben Foakes, is in the middle now.
Eng 110/6 after 43.5 overs (Root 29)
WICKET! Pope gets his sweep wrong. The ball bounces a bit too much. Caught in the deep. No control. Ollie Pope c Ishant b Axar 12(20)
Kuldeep finally into the attack. Three runs off his first over.
Eng 103/5 after 41 overs (Root 27, Pope 7)
England have gone past 100 – not that it matters. But still. Root and Pope continue to hang on.
Eng 97/5 after 40 overs (Root 27, Pope 1)
A reverse sweep for four. Root still fighting hard. Showing – as Kohli and Ashwin did in India’s first innings – that you can stay on this wicket and you can score runs.
Eng 91/5 after 39 overs (Root 22, Pope 0)
A question of survival and little else at the moment.
Eng 90/5 after 38 overs (Root 22)
WICKET! Inside edge onto the inside of his pads and it loops up to short gully. Stokes walking back, Ashwin gets another wicket. The stubborn resistance comes to an end and he walks off shaking his head. Stokes c Kohli b Ashwin 8(51)
Eng 89/4 after 37 overs (Root 21, Stokes 8)
Root and Stokes have to somehow put the match situation out of their mind and just bat on and on. They almost need to try and enter a different zone. The longer they spend in the middle, the more comfortable they will feel.
Eng 88/4 after 36 overs (Root 20, Stokes 8)
Third maiden on the trot.
Eng 88/4 after 35 overs (Root 20, Stokes 8)
Ishant Sharma starts off with a maiden over too.
Ishant Sharma into the attack now. Kuldeep continues to wait.
Eng 88/4 after 34 overs (Root 20, Stokes 8)
Maiden over by Ashwin.
Eng 88/4 after 33 overs (Root 20, Stokes 8)
A four off the first ball. Root has a reputation for being England’s finest player of spin. No better time to show it. England need 394 more runs to win. 14 overs, 35 runs, 1 wicket in the session so far.
Eng 82/4 after 32 overs (Root 15, Stokes 7)
Solid over by Ashwin again. The noose is tightening.
Eng 82/4 after 31 overs (Root 15, Stokes 7)
Root and Stokes desperately trying to stitch together a partnership.
Eng 79/4 after 30 overs (Root 15, Stokes 4)
This goes on. Ashwin doing his thing. England trying to survive. It only seems like a matter of time.
Eng 78/4 after 29 overs (Root 15, Stokes 3)
Axar is starting to find his best length now. Almost got Root there.
Eng 76/4 after 28 overs (Root 14, Stokes 2)
9 overs, 23 runs, 1 wicket in the session so far. England know this is over but can they fight through that mentality?
Eng 66/4 after 25.1 overs (Root 8)
WICKET! Ashwin into the attack and Ashwin with the wicket. Lawrence got nutmegged here. Good take by Pant, who was alert to the possibility. Daniel Lawrence st Pant b Ashwin 26(53)
Ashwin being brought into the attack now.
Eng 66/3 after 25 overs (Lawrence 26, Root 8)
Another solid over from Axar. He does little wrong and keeps things simple.
Eng 64/3 after 24 overs (Lawrence 25, Root 7)
Big appeal for LBW. Siraj showing that England might have missed a trick by not using Broad enough in the early going when India batted in their second innings.
Eng 61/3 after 23 overs (Lawrence 24, Root 5)
Axar continuing to get sharp turn from the wicket. How much longer before Kohli goes to Ashwin from the other end.
Eng 57/3 after 22 overs (Lawrence 21, Root 4)
A maiden over by Siraj, who is getting the odd ball to rear up at the batsmen.
Eng 57/3 after 21 overs (Lawrence 21, Root 4)
Axar from the other end. And as usual, he runs through his over in a minute.
Eng 56/3 after 20 overs (Lawrence 21, Root 3)
Siraj to start the proceedings on Day 4. Vital for England to find a partnership that helps them get through the first hour. India will be all over them if they can’t.
Almost time for play to begin on Day 4. Can England last the day or will India wrap it up by tea?
Day 3 review: Ravichandran Ashwin hit a sparkling century and took a key wicket Monday to edge India closer to a series-levelling victory in the second Test against England, who face a daunting target of 482 to win.
The tourists, who lead the four-match series 1-0, were struggling at 53 for three at stumps on the third day in Chennai.
Dan Lawrence, on 19, and skipper Joe Root, on two, will resume batting Tuesday on the turning pitch.
Left-arm spinner Axar Patel took two wickets including Dom Sibley, for three, and Jack Leach, who was sent in as nightwatchman, for nought.
“There is spin on offer but it depends how much speed you hit (as a spinner). Bowling slow is not helping,” Patel told reporters.
Pundits have criticised the pitch at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium with former England captain Michael Vaughan calling it a “Chennai beach”.
But Patel said no one should have reservations about the pitch.
“When we go outside India and get seaming tracks, we don’t say that the pitch has too much grass. People should change their mindset,” he said.
England spin coach Jeetan Patel said the team will not throw in the towel.
“We have got to keep staying positive. We have got stroke makers in the group and we want them to keep expressing themselves,” said the former New Zealand spinner.
“I am not going to say we are going to win this game but we are going to shake a stick at it.”