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.
What a spell from R Ashwin!— ICC (@ICC) February 14, 2021
He claimed his 29th Test five-wicket haul – the joint-seventh in the all-time list with Glenn McGrath 👏#INDvENG pic.twitter.com/7ja9lAqG2L
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.
2⃣3⃣.5⃣-4⃣-4⃣3⃣-5⃣! 👏👏@ashwinravi99 shone bright with the ball on his homeground at Chepauk & scalped his 2⃣9⃣th five-wicket haul in Test cricket. 👍👍 @Paytm #INDvENG #TeamIndia— BCCI (@BCCI) February 14, 2021
Watch his fine bowling display 🎥👇https://t.co/iP98rJmo8G pic.twitter.com/Ub5zLX24Y4
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).
DO NOT MISS: Catch marvel, ft. @RishabhPant17 👌👌— BCCI (@BCCI) February 14, 2021
Talk about quick reflexes! Rishabh flew towards his left & took a one-handed stunner. 👍👍 @Paytm #INDvENG #TeamIndia
Watch that catch 🎥 👉 https://t.co/Ivwv5Vopki pic.twitter.com/FDEhF9oS8Z
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.
When in Chennai, you #WhistlePodu! 👌👌#TeamIndia skipper @imVkohli egging the Chepauk crowd on & they do not disappoint. 👏👏 @Paytm #INDvENG— BCCI (@BCCI) February 14, 2021
Follow the match 👉 https://t.co/Hr7Zk2kjNC pic.twitter.com/JR6BfvRqtZ