2nd Test: Ravichandran Ashwin Century puts India in the driver’s seat versus England on Day 3

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IND vs ENG: Ravichandran Ashwin scored his fifth test century.© BCCI


Ravichandran Ashwin hit 106 and took a key wicket on Monday to bring India closer to victory in the second Test against England, which must see a daunting 482 goal to win. The tourists, who led the series of four games 1-0, struggled on the third day in Chennai with 53 for three on stumps. Dan Lawrence, at 19, and skipper Joe Root, at two, will resume hitting the turning field on Tuesday. Left arm spinner Axar Patel took two wickets, including Dom Sibley, for three, and Jack Leach, who had been sent as a night watchman, for nothing.

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Following on from his five wickets in the first innings, Ashwin Rory Burns got caught slipping for 25 to bring his game total to six.

Ashwin scored his fifth Test century and first against England before India was eliminated for 286 in the final session.

Spinners Moeen Ali and Jack Leach each claimed four wickets.

England have fought to avoid defeat since a first innings collapsed on day two, and will have to make a record attempt to secure a miracle win.

Chennai-born Ashwin survived delays on 28, 56 and 70 runs.

He then reached his hundred with a head start on the limit, which was met with loud cheers from the home crowd.

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He set up a 96-run seventh wicket stand with skipper Virat Kohli, who made 62 before falling to Ali’s spin.

Ashwin got help from Number 11 Mohammed Siraj to reach his century when they made 49 runs for the final wicket. Olly Stone bowed to Ashwin to end India’s innings.

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