IND vs ENG: England’s bowlers put on a disciplined show in the first innings of the 2nd Test.© BCCI
While India managed to score 329 on a tricky field in the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai in the first innings of the second Test, England’s bowlers showed tremendous discipline and accuracy as the visitors broke a long-standing record in the longest format of the match. India’s total is the highest score awarded by any team in a Test inning, without giving away an extra prize, just past the 328 points India got against Pakistan in Lahore in 1955.
England took 95.5 to eject India and gave no extra runs. In 1955 India threw 187.5 overs to fire the Pakistani batsmen.
England’s discipline was in stark contrast to India’s performance with the ball in the first innings of the series opener, when they got 45 extras, including a whopping 20 no balls.
India won the pitch in the second Test and chose to bat. Rohit Sharma scored a stunning 161, while Ajinkya Rahane (67) and Rishabh Pant (58 *) scored half centuries to help India place 329 at a turning point in Chennai.
Moeen Ali took four wickets, while pacesetter Olly Stone claimed three layoffs for England. Jack Leach took two wickets, while Captain Joe Root also took a wicket.
India came back strongly with the ball, bringing England back to 39/4 at lunch on Day 2 with Ravichandran Ashwin picking two wickets.
Ishant Sharma took opener Rory Burns’ wicket in the first over of England’s innings, while Axar sent Patel off Joe Root to claim his first Test wicket.
Shortly after lunch, Ashwin struck again to have Ben Stokes pack up.
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