India Dominates as Ravichandran Ashwin Claims Three Wickets

Ravichandran Ashwin three-wicket haul puts India in command as England struggles at 194/6 on day four. A session unfolds at the ACA-VDCA Stadium.

In a gripping display of skill, veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin showcased his prowess by taking three crucial wickets, leaving England reeling at 194/6 in 42.4 overs at lunch on day four of the second Test at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.

Facing the daunting task of chasing a record 399 to win, England resumed their innings at 67/1 in 14 overs. In a session filled with aggressive batting, they managed to add 127 runs but lost five wickets, firmly placing India in the driver’s seat for a potential victory.

With 205 more runs required for victory, England’s hopes rest on the shoulders of Captain Ben Stokes, who is at the crease. Despite a spirited performance by the Indian bowlers, Zak Crawley and Rehan Ahmed initially challenged them, accumulating boundaries with an attacking style of play. However, Axar struck first, dismissing Rehan lbw.

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Ollie Pope continued the fight with an assertive sweep and reverse-sweep off Axar, while Crawley notched up his second fifty in the match with an elegant shot over mid-off. Pope’s determined innings came to an end when a thick outside edge found the hands of Rohit Sharma at first slip.

Despite Root’s aggressive start, miscues led to his dismissal off Ravichandran Ashwin, and Bairstow added solidity to the innings with well-timed drives and sweeps. However, momentum shifted as Crawley fell lbw to Kuldeep Yadav, and Bumrah trapped Bairstow in front, leaving England in a precarious position at lunch.

The session concluded with India in high spirits, holding a significant advantage in the match.

IANS