In­dia ski le Eng­land to grab series lead

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

RAVICHAN­DRAN Ash­win fin­ished with a match haul of eight wick­ets as Eng­land col­lapsed on the last day of the sec­ond Test, hand­ing In­dia a thump­ing 246-run win and a series lead yes­ter­day.

Chas­ing an un­likely 405 for vic­tory, Eng­land were bowled out 20 min­utes af­ter lunch for 158 as In­dia grabbed a 1-0 lead in the five-match series fol­low­ing a first Test draw.

The vic­tory was In­dia’s sec­ond big­gest against Eng­land by runs, af­ter they won by 279 runs at Leeds 30 years ago.

Ash­win, the lead­ing Test wick­et­taker this year, once again turned on the heat against the English bats­men who re­sumed their chase at 87 for two but lost their last eight wick­ets for just 71 runs.

The off-spin­ner, who picked up his 22nd five-wicket haul in first in­nings, cap­tured the first scalp of the day by hav­ing Ben Duck­ett caught be­hind for nought, end­ing the bats­man’s brief, 16-ball stay at the crease.

Ash­win and debu­tant Jayant Ya­dav took three wick­ets each in Eng­land’s sec­ond in­nings, while fast bowler Mo­hammed Shami chipped in with two.

Eng­land’s Moeen Ali did not last long af­ter the bats­man looped up a sim­ple catch to fine leg off leg-spin­ner Ravin­dra Jadeja for just two runs.

Off-spin­ner Ya­dav got the im­por­tant wicket of Ben Stokes, top-scorer with 70 in Eng­land’s first in­nings, for six.

Root, who was dropped on one by cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli at leg slip off Ash­win, pro­vided some re­sis­tance un­til fast bowler Mo­hammed Shami had him lbw for 25.

Root re­viewed the de­ci­sion but TV re­plays sug­gested the ball would have hit the leg stump, up­hold­ing the on­field call.

The hosts had re­claimed the ad­van­tage on the fourth day af­ter Jadeja trapped Eng­land skip­per Alas­tair Cook lbw for 54 on what turned out to be the last ball of the day.

Af­ter con­ced­ing a 200-run deficit in the first in­nings, Eng­land will take heart from their spir­ited bowl­ing sec­ond time around.

Fast bowler Stu­art Broad and legspin­ner Adil Rashid claimed four wick­ets each to dis­miss In­dia for 204.

For In­dia, Kohli scored a sparkling 167 in the first in­nings fol­lowed by a gritty 81 in the sec­ond knock.

The ac­tion now shifts to Mo­hali for the third Test start­ing Novem­ber 26. – SOUTH Africa ac­cused Aus­tralian me­dia of “ha­rass­ment” af­ter a team se­cu­rity of­fi­cial scuf­fled with a re­porter as the tourists ar­rived at Ade­laide’s air­port yes­ter­day.

Chan­nel Nine TV re­porter Will Crouch was shoved away and pushed into a glass door as he tried to ap­proach Proteas cap­tain Faf du Plessis in the air­port ar­rival hall.

Du Plessis is due to face an In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil dis­ci­plinary hear­ing on ball-tam­per­ing charges aris­ing from the sec­ond Test, which South Africa won on Novem­ber 12.

Team man­ager Mo­hammed Moosajee said Aus­tralian me­dia and Chan­nel Nine in par­tic­u­lar have been told sev­eral times that Cricket South Africa and du Plessis were not in a po­si­tion to com­ment on the ball-tam­per­ing case.

“We have ad­vised of our me­dia pro­to­col which has been bla­tantly ig­nored, both at the team’s ho­tel on [Novem­ber 18 and 19] and again at the air­port in Ade­laide [yes­ter­day],” Moosajee said in a state­ment.

“The ‘re­porter’ at the air­port dis­re­spected us and con­tin­ued to ha­rass Faf for com­ment. He was ad­vised to move three times, and did not ad­here to this re­quest,” he said.

“The ‘re­porter’, who also had no of­fi­cial ac­cred­i­ta­tion, then pro­ceeded to lunge to­wards Faf with an un­known ob­ject caus­ing a di­rect breach of se­cu­rity pro­to­col. The re­porter also shoved the team man­ager in the back.

“Through­out the [Aus­tralia] tour we have re­spected all our me­dia obli­ga­tions and treated me­dia with ut­most re­spect. At the same time, we would like to see this re­spect re­cip­ro­cated and will not ac­cept such be­hav­iour as dis­played by the Chan­nel 9 News re­porter.”

Du Plessis was wear­ing head­phones dur­ing the in­ci­dent, and re­porters said he gave a thumbs-up mo­ments be­fore the se­cu­rity of­fi­cial clashed with Crouch, who was un­harmed.

Chan­nel Nine said the same se­cu­rity of­fi­cial had a run-in with an­other of its re­porters in Mel­bourne over the week­end as he tried to ap­proach du Plessis.

At this week’s day-night third Test in Ade­laide, South Africa will at­tempt to be­come the first away team to white­wash Aus­tralia, which has been plunged into cri­sis by their slump in form.

Veteran bats­man Hashim Amla lashed out at the “provoca­tive be­hav­iour” of the re­porter in Ade­laide.

“Dis­ap­pointed ... Such provoca­tive be­hav­iour from re­porters. Let a man walk in peace. Ask with man­ners n cour­tesy and u prob will get a re­sponse,” he tweeted.

Du Plessis is fac­ing a pos­si­ble one­match ban af­ter he al­legedly used a sweet in his mouth to give the ball ex­tra swing.

A hear­ing will be held by Andy Py­croft of the ICC match ref­er­ees panel and the re­sults will be an­nounced in due course, the ICC said on Novem­ber 19. –

Photo: AFP

In­dia’s Mo­hhamed Shami (left) cel­e­brates the wicket of Eng­land’s Joe Root (right) dur­ing the last day of the sec­ond Test be­tween In­dia and Eng­land yes­ter­day.

Photo: EPA

South Africa cap­tain Faf du Plessis gives a post-match press con­fer­ence fol­low­ing a series vic­tory over Aus­tralia on Novem­ber 15.

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