The purple patch of Rishabh Pant continued on day 4 of the second test against England in Chennai, as the impeccable work of the Indian goalkeeper behind the stumps led to the release of the opening batsman Dan Lawrence.
Lawrence was the invincible overnight opener and seemed confident in his game with a punch throughout his short stay in the fold. However, he was caught unprepared for Ravichandran Ashwin’s first delivery on Day 4.
When he came out to reach the delivery site, Ashwin slyly bowed to his right hand. Unable to adjust to the change in line, Lawrence dropped the ball over his feet and Ashwin threw himself low to the left before jumping forward to remove the guarantees.
Earlier on Monday, Ashwin also won his fifth test as India tightened the noose around England in the second test as they set England a target of 482 tracks and then reduced them to 53 by three on stumps on the third day.
Ashwin scored 106 runs from 148 balls with the help of 14 fours and sixes, as India’s second inning ended in 286 in the session after tea. Mohammad Siraj remained undefeated at 16 and added 49 tracks for the final strap with Ashwin, who last fell.
India then knocked out opening home Sibley (3) and Rory Burns (25), as well as night watchman Jack Leach (0).