(Updates at lunch)
February 14 (Reuters) – India took control of the second test against England on Sunday, registering 329 in their first leg before reducing the number of tourists to 39-4 at lunch on the second day at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai.
England lost both their forerunners as well as fit captain Joe Root, whose control of spin would have been crucial on ground with a considerable turn.
Dan Lawrence fell for nine in the final delivery before lunch while Ben Stokes was at bat on eight with England still 290 behind.
India, 1-0 after losing the opener of the four-test series, have already added 29 points to their overnight score of 300-6 before being all out.
England’s Moeen Ali (4-128) sacked debutants Axar Patel and Ishant Sharma in the same game, and Olly Stone (3-47) hit twice with three balls to take out Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Siraj.
Rishabh Pant got stuck on 58 steps off, having slammed three sixes in his 77-ball blitz.
On a pitch where the stick is expected to get tougher as the game progresses, England’s response got off to a dismal start.
Ishant tricked Rory Burns lbw for a duck with his third delivery and Dom Sibley fell for 16 after India successfully reviewed a no-exit decision.
Patel dealt the biggest blow when firing Root for his first tryout wicket.
The England captain, who made six, attempted a slog-sweep but ended up offering a top edge to short-legged Ashwin.
Ashwin ended Lawrence’s awkward 52-ball stay by catching him in the short leg to put more pressure on tourists.