Aksar Patel left-handed unjustifiably justified his choice as a debutant for the second test between India and England, as the 27-year-old universal Gujarat is hunting a batsman in the form of England Joe Koren as his first kayak in Chennai on Sunday.
Ruth, who scored just 6 runs from 12 balls, was caught on a short fine leg by R Ashwin after Axar’s crooked delivery outside the stump saw a failed attempt to clean Root, who took the top edge of the bat. The ball bounced, hit the top edge and she was easily snatched by Ashwin.
Earlier Ishant Sharma provided a perfect start for India as he caught English opening player Rory Burns lbw in the first part of the inning.
Burns (0 detached 3 balls) can be considered unfortunate, as the subsequent DRS call made by the batsman reveals that the ball simply cut the stump as it descended down the stump of the foot; urging a third judge to keep the field judge’s call.
India added 29 tracks to its overnight score on Sunday before winning 329 in its first innings on the second day.
Restoring at 300/6, India lost Axar Patel’s goal very early in the day as he was pushed against a spinner Mouen Ali and returned to the dressing room after scoring 5 out of 14. Ishant Sharma, who came in next, also didn’t stay long until he came out for a duck against Ali, after facing only two deliveries.
Kuldeep yadav, playing his first game in the series, stayed for a while, but was caught behind Olli Stone. He faced 15 balls, but failed to score a series.
Mohammad Siraj marked the limit of the first ball, but came out in the second delivery, which he faced, as the Indian innings ended in the 96th. Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant remained undefeated at 58, for which he consumed 77 deliveries. Pant dropped seven fours and two highs.
For England, Ali was the chosen bowler, as he returned with numbers 4/128 in the 29 overs he bowled during the Indian innings. Stone chose three wickets that allowed 47 runs in their 15.5 oververts. Jack Leach scalped two, while Captain Joe Ruth chose one.