In the second Test of England tour of India, Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bat at the MA Chidambaram stadium. First Innings, India 329/10, Rohit Sharma (161). First Innings, England 134/10. Second innings, India 286/10, Ravichandran Ashwin (106), Moeen Ali (4/71). Second innings, England 53/3, Rory Burns (25), Daniel Lawrence (19*), Axar Patel (2/15). The third session of the day belonged to the Indian team as they scored 65 runs with the bat and grabbed three wickets while conceding 53 runs. England needs 429 runs to clinch the second Test match.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma (7) came out to bat in the final session of the day. The visitors got the tail ender’s wicket early in the third session as the Ishant went for the sweep shot but ended up edging the ball and was caught by Olly Stone. The home team was just one wicket away from getting all-out but it didn’t bother Ashwin as the all-rounder kept playing his shots and kept the scoreboard moving. Mohammed Siraj had to survive a couple of overs of the spin duo Jack Leach and Moeen Ali so that Ashwin could get to his century. The Chennai crowd applauded after every ball which Siraj defended successfully. While batting on 97, Ashwin stepped down the track to go over long-on but ended up getting a thick edge which eventually gave him a boundary and helped him to register his fifth century. The last two batsmen of India played some lofted shots at the back end of the innings, Siraj smashed two sixes which was lauded by the Indian fans. England got the last Indian wicket in the form of Ashwin when Stone knocked the off-stump on a back of a length delivery. At the end of India’s innings, the hosts set up a target of 484 for England.
The visitors came out to bat for the remainder of the 19 overs, Rory Burns (25) and Dominic Sibley (3) started the proceedings with the bat. The Indians struck in the ninth over when Sibley fell prey to Axar Patel. Daniel Lawrence (19*) replaced Sibley at the crease, the new batsman had a small 32 runs partnership before Burns played across the line on Ashwin’s delivery and edged the ball to Virat Kohli. Jack Leach was sent as a night-watchman, but couldn’t survive more than one ball and was caught by Rohit Sharma on Patel’s bowling. Day 3 finishes with Lawrence and skipper Joe Root at the crease with 429 runs more to chase.
For England, Leach and Ali pocketed four wickets each while Stone grabbed one. On the other hand for India, Patel got a couple of wickets to his name and Ashwin picked one. In the final session, 118 runs were scored in 31.5 overs at the run rate of 3.71 runs per over.