As India’s strong influence over England grows tighter with each passing moment of the current second test in Chennai, the visiting country certainly feels the warmth as They grow kohli pushed the hosts to a huge total number to chase on the board.
While England could only handle the low 134 in response to India’s 329, A 156/6 on board from the Kohli-led country until the Day 3 lunch break, pushing the lead to a strong 351, meant that the pressure eventually reached Joe Koren and a team that made a blunder on a DRS review against Ravichandran Ashwin moments before the lunch break.
The incident happened in the 48th during the second Indian inning, when Ashwin faced part-time collector Dan Lawrence, who lifted the delivery, turning on his feet, beating the beater (beating 30 at that time) ; pushing a fine with one hand from the goalkeeper of the door Ben Fox.
And what turned out to be daylight between bat and ball, field referee Nitin Menon’s decision to take him out was not upheld by the third referee.
By a judge called lunch, India had lost five wickets but added 102 tracks in Monday morning’s session. India – who had lost the gate of Shubman Gil (14) on Day 2 – reached 156/6 with skipper Virat Koli and Ravichandran Ashvin, at 38 and 34 respectively.
The hosts lost a wave of wickets in the session, but given that they have added more than 100 runs to their total, they are well ahead in the match.
Cheteshwar Pujara (7) was the first leash to fall during the day when it ran out in the strangest way.
Rohit Sharma (26) was the next to add just one run to his score in one night before being crushed by Wicket’s English goalkeeper Ben Fox against Jack Leach.
Rishabh Pant, who was sent before Adjinkya Rahane, tried to play in his usual flamboyant style. But Pant’s stay was cut short after he tried to strike as hard as he could against Leach and was instead lost by Fox, who is celebrating his 28th birthday on Monday. The left-handed batsman scored 8 runs from the 11 balls he faced.
Rahane, 10, who came to fight at number 6, hit a few limits and looked good until he was brilliantly caught by Olli Pope, who caught a short-legged dive to end the Indian batsman’s inning.
Debutant Axar Patel then shared the 21st stand with skipper Kohli before leaving the game. Mouen Ali. Patel scored seven runs in 18 balls, which he encountered during his inning.
However, Ashwin – who shot with the ball in the first innings, taking his 29th test shot with five wickets – then shared an unbeaten 50-series stand with Kohli and made sure the hosts didn’t lose any further door to the lunch break. The duo ran at a fast pace and did not allow visitors to put pressure on the “Chepauk” terrain.
India had posted 329 tracks in its first innings. The hosts then ceded England for 134, securing a 195-series lead.
(With IANS inputs.)