In­dia on top af­ter late Cook dis­missal

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS - — AFP

VISAKHA­P­AT­NAM, In­dia: Score­board at stumps on the fourth day of the sec­ond Test be­tween In­dia and Eng­land at Visakha­p­at­nam on yes­ter­day.

In­dia 1st in­nings: 455 (V. Kohli 167, C. Pu­jara 119; J. An­der­son 3-62, M. Ali 3-98) Eng­land 1st in­nings: 255 (B. Stokes 70, J. Bairstow 53, J. Root 53; R. Ash­win 5-67)

In­dia 2nd in­nings

M. Vi­jay c Root b Broad 3 L. Rahul c Bairstow b Broad 10 C. Pu­jara b An­der­son 1 V. Kohli c Stokes b Rashid 81 A. Ra­hane c Cook b Broad 26 R. Ash­win c Bairstow b Broad 7 W. Saha lbw b Rashid 2 R. Jadeja c Ali b Rashid 14 J. Ya­dav not out 27 U. Ya­dav c Bairstow b Rashid 0 M. Shami st Bairstow b Ali 19 Ex­tras (b5, lb8, w1) 14 To­tal (all out; 63.1 overs) 204 Fall of wick­ets: 1-16 (Vi­jay), 2-17 (Rahul), 340 (Pu­jara), 4-117 (Ra­hane), 5-127 (Ash­win),

VISAKHA­P­AT­NAM: Alas­tair Cook led Eng­land’s dogged re­sis­tance with a dili­gent fifty be­fore fall­ing to the final delivery of the day as In­dia stayed on course for vic­tory in the sec­ond Test yes­ter­day.

Trapped in front by a Ravin­dra Jadeja delivery, Cook re­viewed but could not get the lbw de­ci­sion over­turned in what was a mas­sive blow to Eng­land ahead of an in­trigu­ing fifth day’s play to­day.

Joe Root was bat­ting on five with the tourists on 87-2, still need­ing 318 runs for an im­prob­a­ble vic­tory on a track of­fer­ing sig­nif­i­cant turn and un­even bounce. Chas­ing a daunting 405 on a de­te­ri­o­rat­ing wicket, Cook and Haseem Hameed ini­tially de­fied the In­dian bowlers, who could not sep­a­rate the open­ers in the af­ter­noon ses­sion. Hameed lived up to his ‘Baby Boycott’ moniker, frus­trat­ing the home bowlers with his solid de­fence even if the 19year-old took a cou­ple of painful blows to his body dur­ing his three-hour spell at the crease.

In des­per­a­tion for a break­through, In­dia cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli wasted both re­views on Cook in suc­ces­sive overs, try­ing to get his coun­ter­part leg-be­fore.

Af­ter In­dia spent 50 overs toil­ing with­out suc­cess, Ravichan­dran Ash­win dis­missed Hameed leg-be­fore with a delivery

6-130 (Saha), 7-151 (Kohli), 8-162 (Jadeja), 9162 (U. Ya­dav),10-204 (Shami) Bowl­ing: An­der­son 15-3-33-1, Broad 14-533-4, Rashid 24-3-82-4, Stokes 7-0-34-0, Ali 3.1-1-9-1.

Eng­land 2nd in­nings:

A. Cook lbw b Jadeja 54 H. Hameed lbw b Ash­win 25 J. Root not out 5 Ex­tras (lb 3) 3 To­tal (2 wick­ets, 59.2 overs) 87 Fall of wicket: 1-75 (Hameed), 2-87 (Cook) Bowl­ing: Shami 9-2-16-0, U. Ya­dav 8-3-8-0, Ash­win 16-5-28-1, Jadeja 22.2-8-25-1, J. Ya­dav 4-1-7-0. To bat: B. Duck­ett, M. Ali, B. Stokes, J. Bairstow, Z. An­sari, A. Rashid, S. Broad, J. An­der­son which kept low. Cook brought up his 53rd Test fifty in 171 balls but his late dis­missal for 54 was a dis­ap­point­ing end to a day Eng­land had be­gun well by bowl­ing In­dia out for 204 in their sec­ond in­nings. Eng­land pace­man Stu­art Broad (4-33) was ex­cep­tional de­spite phys­i­cal dis­com­fort as he and leg-spin­ner Adil Rashid (4-82) claimed six of the last seven In­dia wick­ets af­ter the hosts had re­sumed on 98 for three.

Broad is nurs­ing a foot in­jury and will be as­sessed af­ter the Test but there was no let up in hos­til­ity from the bowler who trou­bled the In­dian bats­men with his prob­ing cut­ters. Ajinkya Ra­hane was out on 26 when he sur­ren­dered to one such leg-cut­ter and, sur­prised by the ex­tra bounce, gloved it to Cook at slip.

Broad then got Ash­win caught be­hind to peg back In­dia be­fore Rashid took over. The 28-year-old dis­missed Wrid­dhi­man Saha and then struck a body blow, tempt­ing Vi­rat Kohli into a wild drive only for the edge to fly to slip where an air­borne Ben Stokes took a spec­tac­u­lar one-handed catch.

Debu­tant Jayant Ya­dav made 27 not out as he and Mo­hammed Shami added 42 for the final wicket in the first ever Test match in the port city of Visakha­p­at­nam.

VISHAKHA­P­AT­NAM: In­dian cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli (R) watches as Eng­land cap­tain Alas­tair Cook (2L) plays a shot dur­ing the fourth day of the sec­ond Test cricket match be­tween In­dia and Eng­land at the Dr Y.S. Ra­jasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Sta­dium in Vishakha­p­at­nam yes­ter­day.

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