Indian Spinners Hurt England’s Chase in 2nd Test

Indian Spinners Hurt England's Chase in 2nd Test


Late strikes by Indian spinners jolted England after skipper Alastair Cook’s realistic half-century gave a visitors wish on a fourth day of a second Test in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.

Chasing a huge 405 for victory, England were precariously placed during 87 for dual during stumps, with Joe Root batting on 5 as Cook’s realistic insurgency came to an finish with a tighten of play.

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja trapped Cook lbw for 54 and even yet a batsman reviewed a decision, a on-field umpires call was upheld.

Cook fought tough with fellow-opener Haseeb Hameed (25) as a twin put on 75 runs in 50.2 overs before India’s premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin pennyless through.

Hameed, who tender on his entrance with a well-made 82 in a second innings of a Rajkot Test, batted with courage during his 144-ball stay before being trapped lbw off Ashwin on a smoothness that stayed low.

The batting bid came after Stuart Broad shrugged off a right feet damage to explain 4 wickets and assistance boot India for 204 in their second innings.

England have their backs to a wall with usually 4 teams – West Indies, South Africa, India, Australia – removing some-more than 400 in a fourth innings to win a Test.

Cook, who was castled by Mohammed Shami for dual in England’s initial innings, showed extensive focus during his 188-ball stay.

Cook did tarry a few DRS calls when India motionless to examination dual lbw appeals from Jadeja and Ashwin, though a third referee inspected a on-field calls on both occasions.

Cook, who had struck a pleasant 130 in a second innings of a drawn Test in Rajkot, went on to record his 53rd Test fifty.

The visitors need to scale a towering of runs or bat out 3 sessions for a draw.

Earlier Broad and Adil Rashid claimed 4 wickets every as India collapsed from 98 for 3 during a start of play, losing their final 7 wickets for 87 as captain Virat Kohli tip scored with 81.

England’s aim would have been reduction daunting though for a realistic last-wicket partnership of 42 runs between Shami and Jayant Yadav, who finished dominant on 27, that behind a scheduled lunch mangle by 20 minutes.

Broad struck early to send overnight batsman Ajinkya Rahane behind for 26 in a fifth over of a day.

The wicket finished a 77-run fourth-wicket partnership between Rahane and Kohli.

Leg-spinner Rashid shortly swung into movement with 4 wickets including that of Kohli who combined 25 runs to his overnight 56.

India scored 455 in their initial innings and England replied with 255.

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