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India chased England with eighty eighty

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FOURS, SIXES, FOURS – India’s runs from the last three balls of the day. Bowler Tom Hartley, batsman? Akshar Patel!

Today in Hyderabad, India has turned the baton throughout the second day of the Test, the two fours and one six of Akshar at the end can be taken as a symbol of that.

No Indian batsman has scored a century. But three batsmen in top order, middle order and late middle order have gone home eighty. Except eighth batsman Ravichandran Ashwin, who was run out, all scored over 20, including two over thirty, one in the forties.

The result? At the end of the second day, England’s smile disappeared. India ended the day with almost half of England’s runs by bowling out England’s first innings for 246 runs on the first day. At the end of the second day today, India’s run is 421 for 7 wickets! With three wickets still in hand, Ravindra Jadeja (81*) waiting for a century with Akshar Patel unbeaten on 35 runs at the crease. Meanwhile, India has a lead of 175 runs!

Earlier in the day India ended the day with 119 runs for 1 wicket in a whirlwind innings by Yasswi Jaiswal, today was a shock at the start of the day. At the beginning of the day, England showed a surprise by handing the ball to Joe Root. Joyswal was caught by Root on the fourth ball of the first over. He managed to add only one boundary to the previous day’s 76 runs.

Shubman Gill (23) also did not last long. However, Lokesh Rahul has given hope at one end. His fifty before lunch, India went into lunch with 222 runs for 3 wickets. India lost Shreyas Iyer (35) after returning from lunch. But Ravindra Jadeja came and gave great company to Rahul again.

It seemed that even if Jaiswal did not get Rahul, he would get the century. But he departed leaving the team at 288 after pooling Hartley’s ball, with a brilliant innings of 86 off 123 balls with 8 fours and 2 sixes to his name.

The way Rahul played, Jadeja carried that. India crossed 300 before the tea break, with five wickets still in hand. Shortly after the tea break, Jadeja survived with a single review, after which he reached his fifty. On the other end Srikar Bharat too was giving quite good company. But the 68-run partnership came to an end in the sixth wicket when Bharat (41) returned with a catch off Rihan Ahmed.

Ashwin was run out as soon as he arrived. But after that Akshar Patel has done Ashwin’s duty. Partnered with Jadeja, not only kept one end, but also scored runs himself. At the end of the day, the unbroken pair has 63 runs!

The difference in the bowling of the two teams is visible, it has also affected the batting. Where England lost a couple of wickets, sometimes three-four wickets by a narrow margin, India made one pair after another. Sometimes Jaiswal, or Rahul, or Jadeja – one or the other was at one end! What England did not have.


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