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India post 60/0 to England's 477 on second day of fifth Test in Chennai

News Agencies | Updated on: 17 December 2016, 18:00 IST

England's lower-order on the second day of the fifth Test gave India a target of 477 runs in the first innings in Chennai.

In reply, the hosts made a solid start blending caution with aggression to reach 60 for no loss in 20 overs after KL Rahul, not out on 30 with Parthiv Patel (29 batting), came in to open for an injured Murali Vijay.

With not much assistance from the track for the bowlers, the Sunday crowd can expect a run feast as more than the bowling effort, it is the mistake from the batsmen that can get a bowling side wickets.

Just like the Indian lower-middle order and the tail which has wagged throughout the home season so far, it was England's turn to return the favour as the last three wickets put on 156 runs with the visitors once again reaching close to 500-run mark.

England at the start of second day, posted a 108-run stand for the eighth wicket between debutant Liam Dawson (60) and Adil Rashid (66) after England lost three wickets in the opening session to be reduced to 321 for 7, starting the day at 288 for 4.

The dismissals included centurion Moeen Ali (146), again out trying to pull a short delivery from Umesh Yadav (2/73), while Ben Stokes (6) became local hero Ravichandran Ashwin's (1/151) 248th Test victim.

Jos Buttler (5) was dismissed by Ishant Sharma (2/42) and England were in danger of getting all out for 350. But Dawson and Rashid were up for the challenge and the lack of bite in the pitch also helped their cause as they carried out a repair job. The 108 runs were added in 41.3 overs.

Dawson's maiden half-century came off 148 balls with five fours and a six while Rashid's was an even more patient effort with 8 fours in 155 balls.

While Ashwin had one of the worst figures in the ongoing series, the effort wasn't lacking but with no apparent help from the track, it was not difficult to play a defensive game that the tail enders played.


First published: 17 December 2016, 18:00 IST