Ravichandran Ashwin as a full-fledged wagon is on display in India’s second test against England in Chennai, while the 34-year-old won his fifth test century on the complex surface of Chepauk.
The veteran Indian spinner took 134 balls to reach the goal until he broke 13 limits and six in due process, while India set England a huge goal of 500.
While fans enjoyed how a Tiler made batting look easy on a slow surface, Mohamed Siraj won everyone’s heart by the way he celebrated the age of his teammates.
No.11 has already been praised for holding on to one end to allow Ashwin to reach the century, not being left with 16 21-ball shots in an 89-mile last-run partnership.
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.
Earlier, recovering at 54/1 on Day Three, India lost five wickets but added 102 runs to take the lead after 350 in the morning session. The hosts lost the door on Cheteshwar Pujara (7), Rohit Sharma (26), Rishabh Pant (8), Adjinkya Rahane (10) and debutant Axar Patel (7) in quick succession to give England a glimmer of hope.
Skipper, however They grow kohli and Ashwin then shared a 96th stand for the seventh gate to put India in command.
Kohli, who showed his class on a Chepauk tape that helped turn, was the first wicket to fall in the afternoon session as he was fired from Mouen Ali with his individual score of 62. This was the fifth time Ali fired the Indian skipper in test cricket.
India had posted 329 tracks in its first innings. The hosts then ceded England for 134, securing a 195-series lead.
(With IANS inputs).