Ravichandran Ashwin continued his run from a wicket in the second test, and the 34-year-old spinner chose his third goal in the Ben Stokes match just after lunch on Day 2 of the match between India and England in Chennai on Sunday.
Ashwin bowled an absolute ripper to take the Stokes’ precious scalp, which could only score 18 rebounds from 34 balls during the day, as the English side was left with 52/5 with the fall. Stokes, who was beginning to calm down in the folds, was surprised when the veteran spun in surprise to embarrass the big Englishman.
Earlier in the morning, Indianascalpired four English wickets, including the scalp at a price Joe Korenas they made visitors unwind at their first innings.
At the end of the second session England reached 39/4 and they still follow 290 tracks in response to India’s first result of 329.
None of the four best fighters in England, including skipper Ruth, could stay in the fold for long, as the Indian bowlers took full advantage of the conditions at Chepauk.
While Rory Burns’ gate was taken by Ishant Sharma in the very first over the English inning, the other three wickets of Dominic Sibley (16), Daniel Lawrence (9) and Ruth (6) went to the spinners. Ravichandran Ashwin took two doors while debutant Axar Patel received Root’s scalp.
Earlier in the day, India added 29 tracks to its overnight result before being combined in the first hour of the session.
Restoring at 300/6, India lost Patel’s goal very early in the day when he escaped Mouen Ali and returned to the locker room after scoring 5 out of 14. Ishant, who came in next, also could not stay long until he went out for a duck against Ali, after facing only two deliveries.
Kuldeep yadav, playing his first test in a long time, 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 he faced, but came out in the second delivery, as the Indian inning 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.
(With IANS inputs.)