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England crumble in trial by spin battle

Ravichandran Ashwin celebrating his fifty on day two of the Vizag Test
Ravichandran Ashwin celebrating his fifty on day two of the Vizag Test
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India 455 (Kohli 167) v
England 103-5 (Root 53)
Second Test, Visakhapatnam, day two
Scorecard

The Indian spinners were all over the England batsmen in the final session as they restricted the visitors to 103 for five at stumps on day two, still trailing the home team by 352 runs in the second Test in Visakhapatnam.

Alastair Cook (2) was castled early in England innings by Mohammad Shami (1-15) after India went on to post 455 in their first innings.

England went into tea at 34 for one from 16 overs with Joe Root (53) and Haseeb Hameed (13) showing good exhibit of defence.

With India opting for defensive field, the duo kept chipping away with runs and just when they started to look comfortable, Hameed was run out by Jayant Yadav (1-11) after Root sent him back denying the second run.

This opened the floodgates for England as Ben Duckett (5) for the second time in two innings was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin (2-20).

Root completed his fifty off 93 deliveries and in a bid to attack Ashwin, he holed out to extra cover and moments later Moeen Ali (1) became the maiden wicket of Jayant (1-11). India had to use a review to overturn the on-field LBW decision.

Ben Stokes (12 not out) and Jonny Bairstow (12 not out) stopped the slide of wickets and ensure England went into stumps at 103 for five, trailing India by 352 runs.

Earlier, India resumed day two at 317 for four. Virat Kohli (167) and Ashwin (58) looked in good nick and scored boundaries at will.

There was an eventful 101st over bowled by Ali (3-98) with Stokes (1-73) dropping Ashwin at first slip in the first delivery but in the very next ball he took a nice low catch to send Kohli back to the dressing room.

Ali continued to apply pressure on Indian batsmen when he trapped both Wriddhiman Saha (3) and Ravindra Jadeja (0) in the 105th over. India were 363 for seven at that stage.

A solid 52-run stand between Jayant (35) and Ashwin ensured India went into lunch at 415 for seven.

Ashwin completed his fifty off 86 deliveries but was caught behind off Stokes while Adil Rashid (2-110) picked the remaining two wickets to dismiss India for 455.

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