Ashwin has slop swept Moeen Ali for a six. He is now just three runs away from his hundred.
FEB 15, 2021 03:12 PM IST
Ashwin in the 90s
Ashwin has scored another boundary. He cuts Leach for a four.
FEB 15, 2021 03:04 PM IST
Siraj manages to hold on
Siraj had to face a whole over from Jack Leach. But he managed to hold on to his wicket.
FEB 15, 2021 02:59 PM IST
Leach to Ashwin- FOUR!
Ashwin hit Moeen for a boundary with a good sweep shot.
FEB 15, 2021 02:55 PM IST
Ashwin continues to score
Ashwin has reached 81 after hitting a four off the first ball of Leach’s over.
FEB 15, 2021 02:53 PM IST
Jack Leach strikes!
Ishant Sharma gets a top edge, and he has been caught by Olly Stone. India 237/9
FEB 15, 2021 02:47 PM IST
Ishant hits a boundary
FOUR! Ishant steps up to Moeen Ali’s half-tracker and hits it over the covers for a boundary.
FEB 15, 2021 02:44 PM IST
Ashwin continues to pile on runs
Ashwin hits Stuart Broad for a boundary to move closer to the 80s. He is taking most of the strike here and can get a hundred.
FEB 15, 2021 02:33 PM IST
Ashwin, Ishant back
Ashwin and Ishant are back in the middle. Final session – what will happen? Plenty of drama in store.
FEB 15, 2021 02:16 PM IST
India have reached the score of 221/8 at tea. India lead England by 416 runs. Ashwin and Ishant are on the crease.
FEB 15, 2021 02:13 PM IST
Ashwin’s highest score in Chennai
Ashwin has reached his highest score in Chennai. He is batting on 68
FEB 15, 2021 02:04 PM IST
Ashwin hit an uppish straight drive for a boundary off Broad.
FEB 15, 2021 02:03 PM IST
How long can India hang on?
England need just need two wickets to dismiss India. But the lead is already 411. Let’s see how much India can score before being bowled out.
FEB 15, 2021 01:48 PM IST
Another wicket for Moeen
Moeen Ali gets his fourth wicket of the innings. He dismisses Kuldeep as India lose eighth wicket
FEB 15, 2021 01:41 PM IST
Lead above 400
Ashwin played it fine off Broad. He cut and it went straight to the boundary. India’s lead has reached 401 runs.
FEB 15, 2021 01:35 PM IST
DRS showed the ball was hitting the bails. Kohli departs after scoring 62. India 202/7
FEB 15, 2021 01:33 PM IST
Kohli tried to glance it to fine leg but did not get bat to it. Moeen appealed and the umpire gave it out. But Kohli has reviewed it
FEB 15, 2021 01:25 PM IST
200 up for India
India have reached the score of 200. It looked difficult when they were 106/6 but Ashwin and Kohli have managed to steady the ship for India.
FEB 15, 2021 01:11 PM IST
Key to Chennai pitch
The way to handle affairs on this pitch is to be patient. Both Ashwin and Kohli have shown the way in India’s second innings.
FEB 15, 2021 12:58 PM IST
Tennis shot by Stone
Ashwin hit a tennis type smash off the bowling off Stone. He made room and hit a bouncer to long on. He brings up his 12th Test fifty with a boundary on the next ball.
FEB 15, 2021 12:52 PM IST
Lack of consistency by Leach
Jack Leach bowled a beauty to Ashwin, which bamboozled the batsmen. But on the very next ball, he bowled a poor delivery which was hit for a boundary.
FEB 15, 2021 12:49 PM IST
Stone into the attack
Joe Root has brought back Olly Stone into the attack as they look to break this partnership.
FEB 15, 2021 12:40 PM IST
Will Ashwin also score a 50?
Ashwin is also near the 50-run mark. He is batting on 40.
FEB 15, 2021 12:38 PM IST
Fifty for Kohli
Virat Kohli has hit a fifty in the second innings. It has taken him 107 balls to reach the milestone.
FEB 15, 2021 12:30 PM IST
Swept to perfection
Kohli is now just two runs away from his fifty. He swept Moeen for a four.
FEB 15, 2021 12:22 PM IST
Kohli looking good
Kohli is into his forties as he has managed to hold onto his wicket on a spinning track in Chennai. He hit a cover drive off Moeen to reach 44.
FEB 15, 2021 12:15 PM IST
Players are back
The batsmen are out on the pitch and Moeen Ali will bowl the first over.
FEB 15, 2021 12:03 PM IST
Butcher on why England are behind
“First of all, let me make this one point. England are not behind because of the pitch. They are behind because of Rohit Sharma’s brilliant batting in the first innings and because they did not bowl very well on a surface where the ball was going through the top from Day 1. To be frank with you, the game is probably beyond England as it is at the moment,” Butcher said on Star Sports.
FEB 15, 2021 11:37 AM IST
The last hour of play got India to a dominant position. Ashwin and Kohli have stitched together an important partnership of over 50. Ashwin has 34 runs in 38 balls. Players are heading out for lunch. India 156/6
FEB 15, 2021 11:31 AM IST
England have taken a review for caught behind. Umpire had given not out. There was a big gap between bat and ball. What a waste.
FEB 15, 2021 11:22 AM IST
Ashwin edged off off Broad. It flew to Stokes but he could not hold onto it. Missed chance for England. India 338 runs ahead.
FEB 15, 2021 11:11 AM IST
Lead is now 333 runs
India are now 333 runs ahead. Ashwin has come in and scored runs while Kohli has carried on his innings on a difficult pitch
FEB 15, 2021 11:02 AM IST
Effective sweep shot
R Ashwin has come to the crease and looked positive from the word go. He effectively used the sweep shot and got some runs for India.
FEB 15, 2021 10:50 AM IST
Leach bowled short outside off and Kohli latched onto to it to smash it for a four.
FEB 15, 2021 10:44 AM IST
India have lost their sixth wicket as Moeen Ali traps Axar Patel. India have taken the review but it went to umpire’s call. And the umpire had given out. India 106/6
FEB 15, 2021 10:40 AM IST
Moeen to Patel: Four!
Axar Patel has hit one to the boundary ropes. He was deep in the crease and hit a wonderful on drive off Moeen Ali.
FEB 15, 2021 10:33 AM IST
India’s lead has been extended to 292 runs. Scoring runs on this pitch is really difficult and it already looks like a great total.
FEB 15, 2021 10:27 AM IST
Beautiful shot by Kohli
All hopes are pinned on Kohli now. He is the only recognised batsman left for India. He just played a beautiful straight drive off Leach.
FEB 15, 2021 10:21 AM IST
Another wicket down for India. Ajinkya Rahane heads back to the pavillion after giving a catch to short leg.
FEB 15, 2021 10:14 AM IST
Two boundaries came off Moeen’s over. It was a productive one for India as every run counts now.
FEB 15, 2021 10:01 AM IST
Ben Foakes absolutely brilliant!
Rishabh Pant has been stumped out – magnificent work by Foakes. Leach gets the prized wicket. Pant departs for 8. IND 65/4
FEB 15, 2021 09:59 AM IST
Leach to Pant – FOUR!
Not the intended shot, but it gone off the glove for Pant’s first boundary. Pant will play his shots, and he will not stop. England need to be cautious here.
FEB 15, 2021 09:57 AM IST
Jack Leach to Rishabh Pant
Will Rishabh Pant target Jack Leach again? He has been good against the bowler so far in the match.
FEB 15, 2021 09:53 AM IST
3rd time he has been stumped in Tests, all have come vs left arm spinner
176 & 127 vs SA at Visakhapatnam ( K Maharaj), 2019
26 vs ENG at Chennai ( J Leach) ,2021
As a pair Kohli and Rohit in this match.
1 (6) -1st innings
0 (13) -2nd innings
FEB 15, 2021 09:49 AM IST
Rishabh Pant promoted up the order
The intentions are clear from India – Rishabh Pant has been promoted over Ajinkya Rahane. India looking to counter-attack, get runs on the board and declare as soon as possible.
FEB 15, 2021 09:44 AM IST
Huge appeal from Ben Foakes for stumping from behind the stumps. The replays showed he was just a tad bit outside. India are three wickets down for 55, lead by 250.
FEB 15, 2021 09:34 AM IST
A mistake from Pujara – and he has been run out. Pujara tried to get back to his crease, but he dropped his bat, and Foakes was quick to take off the stumps. Bizarre!
FEB 15, 2021 09:29 AM IST
India vs England 2nd Test Day 3 – HERE WE GO!
Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara out to bat on Day 3. India lead by 249 runs. HERE WE GO!
FEB 15, 2021 09:17 AM IST
Mark Butcher speaks on criticism of pitch
Mark Butcher says that England are not in a bad position because of the pitch, but the fact cannot be ignored that the pitch is not right for a Test match as ball should not be going through the top of the surface from Day 1.
FEB 15, 2021 09:05 AM IST
Sunil Gavaskar speaks on the criticism of pitch
Sunil Gavaskar believes that the pitch is challenging but it is not unplayable. He cites example of Rohit Sharma on how he has batted here.
FEB 15, 2021 08:53 AM IST
Key player for England on Day 3
Moeen Ali and Jack Leach will be the key players for England on Day 3. The two spinners will look to bowl out England as soon as possible.
FEB 15, 2021 08:47 AM IST
What would be a good target?
Any target above 300 would be challenging on this surface as seen in the first innings. But India would look to reach somewhere close to 350-400 run lead to completely stave off the competition.
FEB 15, 2021 08:37 AM IST
How Axar Patel planned Joe Root’s fall
After the end of the second day’s play, Axar spoke about Root’s dismissal. In a conversation with his teammate and senior batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, the left-arm off-spinner said: “When I was watching the first Test, I noticed that Joe Root plays a lot of sweep and reverse sweep shots, and I thought that with the speed that I bowl at, I had the opportunity to get him out, and I wanted my first wicket to be his dismissal.
“I thought that if he tries to sweep my delivery, he may get out LBW. When he went for the sweep shot and made the mistake, to get an in-form batsman who has recently hit multiple centuries and double centuries. You can see it in the video how happy I was to get the wicket,” Axar said.
EVERYTHING WAS PLANNED!
FEB 15, 2021 08:26 AM IST
Ashwin wants comparisons for Pant with others to be stopped
R Ashwin pointed out that Rishabh Pant needs a break from constant comparisons with other wicketkeepers.
“He was constantly compared with the great M S Dhoni for a long time. Now he gets compared for his wicket-keeping with (Wriddhiman) Saha, this that and all that, sometimes it’s just better to give a break and let people build on confidence,” Ashwin said speaking at the end of the second day’s play.
Do you agree?
FEB 15, 2021 08:22 AM IST
Chennai pitch unacceptable at Test level: Mark Waugh
“I’m all for a good contest between bat and ball in test match cricket but this pitch in Chennai is unacceptable at test match level. You can’t have the ball going through the top of the surface on day 1 from the main part of the pitch. Ie not from the footmarks,” Mark Waugh wrote on Twitter.
Thoughts on Waugh’s comments on the pitch?
FEB 15, 2021 08:00 AM IST
India vs England 2nd Test Day 3 – LIVE!
Hello and welcome to our live blog on Day 3 of the 2nd Test between India and England. The stage is set for the hosts to set up a mammoth target for England to chase on a tricky surface. The spinners will be key for England on Day 3 to bowl out India as soon as possible. Plenty of action in store!