India ski le England to grab series lead
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. –
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.
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis gives a post-match press conference following a series victory over Australia on November 15.