Dawson, Rashid pro­pel Eng­land in fifth Test

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CHENNAI: Debu­tant Liam Dawson yes­ter­day said it could be “hard work” for Eng­land bowlers on flat deck af­ter his gritty half­cen­tury helped the visi­tors post a for­mi­da­ble 477 on day two of the fifth Test against In­dia in Chennai.

Dawson scored an un­beaten 66 and shared a 108-run stand with Adil Rashid (60), Eng­land’s best for the eight wicket, to lift their first in­nings to­tal af­ter the In­dian bowlers hurt the visi­tors with early strikes. Eng­land, who re­sumed the day on 284-4, slipped to 321-7 af­ter overnight cen­tu­rion Moeen Ali de­parted for 146, but Dawson and Rashid made sure the the tourists keep go­ing. Eng­land’s in­nings ended 45 min­utes into the evening ses­sion as In­dia were firm in their re­ply with 60 for no loss at stumps. Lokesh Rahul (30) and Parthiv Pa­tel (28) were at the crease as the hosts trail by 417 runs. “There isn’t huge amount of spin, hasn’t been much pace in it for the seam­ers, so to­mor­row is go­ing to be hard work for us,” Dawson, who bowls left-arm spin, said.

“But if we keep go­ing all day and keep try­ing to take wick­ets then we can take wick­ets,” the 26-yer-old all­rounder told re­porters at Chennai’s MA Chi­dambaram Sta­dium. All­rounder Dawson, who was a late in­clu­sion in the Eng­land squad be­fore the fourth Test in place of Za­far An­sari, showed his bat­ting prow­ess dur­ing his 148ball stay, hit­ting 5 fours and a six.

His ef­fort was the high­est by an Eng­land No. 8 on de­but in Tests, sur­pass­ing the late David Bairstow’s 59 against In­dia in 1979. “It is ob­vi­ously nice to do well on de­but. It was in­ter­est­ing first few balls in Test cricket for me but I was pleased to get through them,” said Dawson on get­ting a bouncer from Ishant Sharma that saw him lose his bal­ance af­ter be­ing hit on the hel­met.

Dawson has rep­re­sented Eng­land in a one-day in­ter­na­tional and Twenty20 ear­lier this year, but the Hamp­shire all­rounder was thrilled to play a part in the team’s Test per­for­mance.

“I was ex­tremely ex­cited and from a team point of view as well, we want to fin­ish on a high. We are in a fairly good po­si­tion,” said Dawson. Rashid, who recorded his sec­ond Test fifty in his 10th game, also looked solid dur­ing his gutsy ef­fort as he fell one short of his Test best of 61.

ALI BOUNCED OUT

Ear­lier Ali seemed re­lent­less in his drive to con­sol­i­date Eng­land’s po­si­tion af­ter adding 26 runs to his overnight score but his ef­forts were cut short just af­ter the first drinks in­ter­val of the day. In­dian skip­per Vi­rat Kohli’s ploy of get­ting his pace­men to bowl short at Ali paid off as the left-han­der mist­imed a pull on one of Umesh Ya­dav’s ris­ing de­liv­er­ies.

Ya­dav and Sharma took two wick­ets each while Ravin­dra Jadeja, with three wick­ets on the open­ing day, stood out on the bowl­ing list for In­dia. “They (Eng­land) got some quick runs, but I think the ball is not turn­ing that much. That is the prob­lem, we can’t get wick­ets and that mo­men­tum,” said Ya­dav, who bowled at a lively pace.

“Let’s see how the wicket be­haves, if it turns af­ter the third day (or not). I think there is still some in­ter­est left in the game,” said Ya­dav. The hosts have al­ready pock­eted the se­ries 3-0.

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