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2ND TEST, DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS: ASHWIN FIFER LEADS INDIAN ATTACK AS HOSTS TAKE 249-RUN LEAD

A dream comeback was no longer a dream for Team India on Sunday as they battered England, restricting them for a mere 134 runs to take a 195-run lead in the first innings of the second Test at Chepauk. Ravichandran Ashwin was the star with the ball on Day 2, returning another fifer (5-43). India were one down for 54 runs (current lead 249) at Stumps with Rohit Sharma looking good yet again with a 25* and Cheteshwar Pujara with a 7*. Shubman Gill was sent back on 14 after being trapped leg before by Jack Leach.

Looking at today's proceedings, it seemed this young team knew exactly how to turn things around after a setback. After a disastrous first Test loss, Virat Kohli and his men reminded us once again that Australia's series win was no fluke. They showed a lot of character in the field and the dusty track of Chepauk added to the cause too.

Ishant Sharma was the one to give India the first breakthrough in his very first over, dismissing a struggling Rory Burns for a duck. The sudden impetus was capitalised on by the Indian spinners as Axar Patel and Ashwin accounted for 7 of the English batsmen in the innings. Patel (2-49) could not have expected a better debut as he picked up the most dangerous man Joe Root (6) early in the innings before also scalping Moeen Ali (6). Kuldeep Yadav, however, had a disappointing day as he went wicketless in the 6 overs he bowled.

Earlier in the day, India rode on some more brilliance from Rishabh Pant (58* off 77) to post a dominating 329. Despite losing regular wickets on the other end, Pant didn't slow down and treated the Chepauk crowd with some massive sixes and exquisite boundaries. Pant had a great day behind the wickets too, taking a couple of sharp catches that included the wickets of Ollie Pope (22) and Jack Leach (5).

Meanwhile, before we leave, we would love to leave you with some visuals of Skipper Kohli encouraging a crazy Chepauk crowd to cheer louder. It's always a special feeling to play at home, especially when you are playing in front of a crowd for the first time after a pandemic.