In­dia in con­trol of sec­ond test

Fiji Sun - - Sports -

Mum­bai: Eng­land were left with a moun­tain to climb af­ter In­dia made 455 in their first in­nings be­fore re­turn­ing to blow away the tourists’ top or­der on a spin-dom­i­nated sec­ond day of the sec­ond test.

Eng­land reached 103-5, trail­ing In­dia by 352 runs, at stumps with all-rounder Ben Stokes and wick­et­keeper Jonny Bairstow un­beaten at the crease.

The tour­ing side were rat­tled in the third over when pace­man Mo­hammed Shami breached cap­tain Alas­tair Cook’s de­fence with an in­com­ing de­liv­ery that split the left­hander’s off-stump in two. Joe Root and young opener Haseeb Hameed sur­vived a hos­tile spell of bowl­ing from the In­di­ans to add 47 for the sec­ond wicket be­fore the lat­ter was run out on 13 by some smart work from wick­et­keeper Wrid­dhi­man Saha. Eng­land’s bat­ting main­stay Root, who hit a cen­tury in the pre­vi­ous test in Ra­jkot, made 53 be­fore he fell to off-spin­ner Ravichan­dran Ash­win, who also picked up the wicket of Ben Duck­ett. Debu­tant off-spin­ner Jayant Ya­dav picked up his maiden wicket with a re­view af­ter Moeen Ali ad­vanced and then padded the ball away.

Eng­land were 80-5 at that stage, but Bairstow, un­beaten on 12 and Stokes en­sured there was no fur­ther dam­age. Stokes was not out on 12 and sur­vived when a de­liv­ery from Ya­dav kissed, but did not dis­lodge, his bail.

Ear­lier, Ash­win scored his sec­ond half-cen­tury of the se­ries to guide In­dia to a strong first-in­nings score. Kohli, who was un­beaten on 151 overnight, hit 18 bound­aries in his knock of 167. - Reuters

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