England crumble against Indian spin

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India placed themselves in a commanding position by stretching their overall lead to 249 runs at stumps on the second day of the second Test against England on Sunday.

At the close of play, Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara were batting on 25 and 7 respectively.

India reached 54 for one in their second innings on a day when the English batsmen were at sea against the home team’s spinners.

Off-spinner R Ashwin returned yet another five-wicket haul (5-43) as India bundled out England for 134 to take a huge first-inning lead of 195.

Fifteen wickets fell in the day and it was Ashwin’s 29th five wicket haul in tests. 

Pacer Ishant Sharma (2/22) and left-arm spinner Axar Patel (2/40) took two wickets apiece.

England never recovered from the loss of early wickets.

Ishant Sharma trapped Burns lbw third ball for the opener’s second consecutive duck.

Ashwin struck twice either side the dismissal of Root to leave England in dire straits on 39 for 4 at lunch.

Ben Stokes was next to go, clean bowled by Ashwin for the ninth time, in test matches.

From 52 for 5, England briefly cobbled some resistance, as Ollie Pope and Foakes put together a 35-run stand – their highest of the match.

Ben Foakes batted with determination to resists the India attack. He remained unbeaten at 42.

India had resumed at the overnight score of 300 for six and managed 329 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, losing the remaining four wickets in quick time.

Rishabh Pant remained stranded on 58* as all the wickets fell at his opposite end.

Mooen Ali finished with 4/128 and Olly Stone 3/47 after Rishabh Pant’s enterprising 58 with seven fours and three sixes.

India 329 (Pant 58*, Moeen 4-128) and 54 for 1 lead England 134 (Ashwin 5-43) by 249 runs