In­dian spin­ners hurt Eng­land’s chase in 2nd Test

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LATE strikes by In­dian spin­ners jolted Eng­land af­ter skip­per Alas­tair Cook’s dogged half-cen­tury gave the vis­i­tors hope on the fourth day of the sec­ond Test in Visakhapatnam yes­ter­day.

Chas­ing a mam­moth 405 for vic­tory, Eng­land were pre­car­i­ously placed at 87 for two at stumps, with Joe Root bat­ting on five as Cook’s stub­born re­sis­tance came to an end with the close of play.

Left-arm spin­ner Ravin­dra Jadeja trapped Cook lbw for 54 and even though the bats­man re­viewed the de­ci­sion, the on-field umpires call was up­held.

Cook fought hard with fel­low-opener Haseeb Hameed (25) as the duo put on 75 runs in 50.2 overs be­fore India’s premier spin­ner Ravichan­dran Ashwin broke through.

Hameed, who im­pressed on his de­but with a well-made 82 in the sec­ond in­nings of the Ra­jkot Test, bat­ted with grit dur­ing his 144-ball stay be­fore be­ing trapped lbw off Ashwin on a de­liv­ery that stayed low.

The bat­ting ef­fort came af­ter Stu­art Broad shrugged off a right foot in­jury to claim four wick­ets and help dis­miss India for 204 in their sec­ond in­nings.

Eng­land have their backs to the wall with only four teams – West Indies, South Africa, India, Aus­tralia – get­ting more than 400 in the fourth in­nings to win a Test.

Cook, who was cas­tled by Mo­hammed Shami for two in Eng­land’s first in­nings, showed tremen­dous ap­pli­ca­tion dur­ing his 188-ball stay.

Ear­lier Broad and Adil Rashid claimed four wick­ets apiece as India col­lapsed from 98 for three at the start of play, los­ing their last seven wick­ets for 87 as cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli top scored with 81.

Eng­land’s tar­get would have been less daunt­ing but for a stub­born last-wicket part­ner­ship of 42 runs be­tween Shami and Jayant Ya­dav, who fin­ished un­beaten on 27, that de­layed the sched­uled lunch break by 20 min­utes.

Broad struck early to send overnight bats­man Ajinkya Ra­hane back for 26 in the fifth over of the day.

The wicket ended the 77-run fourth­wicket part­ner­ship be­tween Ra­hane and Kohli.

India scored 455 in their first in­nings and Eng­land replied with 255. – AFP

Eng­land’s Stu­art Broad speaks to his team­mate James An­der­son

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