February 8 (Reuters) – England beat India by 337 points but spared them the ignominy of the sequel as tourists headed to lunch on the penultimate day of the opening test with a lead of 242 points Monday.
England, who posted a mammoth 578 in their opening set, then lost opening opener Rory Burns to Ravichandran Ashwin’s very first ball and were 1-1 at the break.
Dom Sibley and Dan Lawrence, both yet to open their accounts, will return after lunch with England in hopes of knocking India out of the competition.
Earlier, Washington Sundar broke 85 points, adding 80 points with Ashwin in a lively seventh wicket stand at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai to take India past the 300 mark.
After the hosts resumed the 257-6, Sundar returned to regular limits as Ashwin latched on on the other end.
Armed with the second new ball, Jofra Archer occasionally generated a baffling rebound on a low track but was not rewarded with a wicket.
Jack Leach had bled 94 points in his 17 no-wicket overs on Sunday, but the left-arm spinner finally tasted success when he fired Ashwin for 31 years and also claimed the wicket from Shahbaz Nadeem (nothing).
James Anderson won the last two Indian wickets towards the end of the morning session, leaving England to play two overs before the lunch break.