Hosts India have managed to strongly consolidate their opening advantage of winning the toss on the second day of the India-England test match at Chepauk. Following a day of strong batting performances from Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, the Indian spin-bowling attack wreaked absolute havoc on the tourists’ line-up.
India poised well at the end of day 2.
India’s day started on a bittersweet note, as the English bowling attack wasted little time in cleaning up the Indian tailenders. ‘Keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant stayed unbeaten on 58 to propel the hosts’ scoreboard to 329.
But the English batting effort that subsequently followed saw the Indian bowlers operating at their prime. Senior off-break bowler Ravichandran Ashwin (5/43) completed his second successive test-cricket fifer; while debutant Axar Patel (2/40) and Ishant Sharma (2/22) snared a couple wickets apiece.
The English batting lineup, which, until not too long ago, looked quite at ease batting in the sluggish subcontinental conditions here; had no answers this time around on a rapidly deteriorating pitch. Barring wicket-keeper Ben Foakes (42*), no other English batter seemed at ease against the Indian onslaught. Eventually, the team folded for 134-runs, barely avoiding a follow-on by 5-runs. India’s third innings, meanwhile, has gotten off to a decent start, reading 54/1 with a hefty 249-run lead.
Chennai fans support captain Kohli and India the whistle-podu way
Meanwhile, the passionate Chepauk crowd sure did enjoy seeing their home-team dominate in such a comprehensive fashion. The fans didn’t shy away from showing their passion and support for the gentlemen’s game; a fact that India captain Virat Kohli greatly used to his advantage on the field. At some point during England’s innings, Kohli was seen egging the fans to ‘whistlepodu’ in support of the home team. He even
The gesture of ‘whistle-podu’ to convey support is exceptionally popular in Chepauk, and, by extension, Chennai; thanks to the city’s IPL franchise, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). And while CSK fans are immensely loyal to their beloved #yellowbrigade, on this occasion, they didn’t mind switching over allegiances to King Kohli’s side! Here’s the official video footage captured by the BCCI social accounts:
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Brief scores: India 329 and 54/1 (R Sharma 25*) lead England 134 (B Foakes 42*, R Ashwin 5/43) by 249-runs.