Ravichandran Ashwin rubs England into the Chennai dirt
By Editor - Mon Feb 15, 4:34 am
Second Test, full scoreboard A day of knife-twisting by India was led by Ravichandran Ashwin with blade in hand as he scored a century on his home ground to raise that rarest of sounds these days: a delirious crowd cheering. They screamed with delight as Ashwin raced through the 90s and brought up his fifth Test hundred to rub English noses in the black soil. With England three down by the close for 53, it is only a matter of time, with two days to go, before it is 1-1 in the series after India made 286, a 481 run cushion. All that is left for England is to try and recover some lost pride from a bruising match. It will be very difficult. In the last hour batting was fraught with danger as Axar Patel on debut bowled with the pace and accuracy of Ravindra Jadeja and Ashwin had Rory Burns caught at slip for 25 to cap his day. With Patel spearing the ball into Dom Sibley’s pads and nightwatchman Jack Leach lasting one ball, Joe Root came in with England 50 for three and minutes to go to the close. He was very lucky to survive an lbw, Nitin Menon, the on-field umpire, judging him outside the line when he was pinned on the back leg by Patel.
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