2nd Test: All-round Ashwin puts India in commanding position against England

Moeen Ali pushed India on the backfoot, claiming three quick wickets, as the hosts reached 415/7 at lunch on day two of the second Test.

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Visakhapatnam, Nov 18: England were in trouble at 103/5 at the end of second day's play in the second Test match against India here at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium here on Friday (November 18). (Ashwin unhappy with pitch 'jibe') 

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England still trail the hosts by 352 runs. The visitors kept losing wickets at regular intervals as Indian bowlers kept mounting the pressure.

Ben Stokes (12 not out) and Jonny Bairstow (12 not out) will resume England's innings on Day 3 and hope to steer the side out of troubled waters. 

Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he bagged 2 wickets in 13 overs while Mohammed Shami and debutant Jayant Yadav got one wicket apiece. 

England lost their first wicket in skipper Alastair Cook who was bowled by Shami by a beauty.

Joe Root is the highest scorer for England in the first innings so far. He struck another half-century but failed to convert it into a big score.

Ben Stokes

Youngster Haseeb Hameed (13) was unlucky to get run out while young Ben Duckett (5) was decieved by Ashwin's spin.  

All-rounder Moeen Ali was removed by debutant Jayant who got his first victim with the help of DRS after umpire Dharamsena disapproved his leg before appeal. 

Earlier in the day, Ali took three wickets in the morning session and Adil Rashid claimed two in the second to restrict India to 455 in the first innings.

Resuming at 317/4, India started well with skipper Virat Kohli and all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin taking India over the 350-run mark before Ali removed Kohli for a brilliant 167 and then dismissed stumper Wriddhiman Saha (3) and Ravindra Jadeja (0) in a single over.

Jonny Bairstow

Living up to his reputation of being an all-rounder, Ashwin, earlier, slammed his eighth Test fifty to take India into a commanding position against visitors. The right-handed batsman received the much need support in debutant Jayant to add vital runs for the eighth wicket.

Cameos from tailenders Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami helped India to go past 450 mark.

Coming back after the break, England managed to take the remaining three wickets with leg-spinner Adil Rashid accounting for Jayant and Umesh Yadav (13) while Ashwin fell prey to Ben Stokes.

Kohli added just 16 runs to his overnight score as India lost thier first wicket of the day, that too a major one. 

England started the day's proceedings with pace attack but James Anderson and Stuart Broad, both, failed to put any pressure over Indian batsmen. It was only after spin was introduced, England got their first breakthrough of the day. 

For the visitors, comeback man James Anderson and Ali were the pick of the bowlers with three wickets each while Rashid took two. Pacers Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes chipped in with one wicket apiece.

OneIndia News 

(With inputs from agencies)

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