England’s fate thus far today.
Joining in quite late, on Day 2 too, but the match has been plenty exciting so far!
India were put in to bat by England skipper Alastair Cook on Day 1 in Vizag, and England, emboldened by the return of spearhead bowler James Anderson made early inroads into the game removing both Indian openers quickly and taking 3 of the 4 wickets that fell on Day 1. Indian captain Kohli ended the day on 151* along with Ashwin on 1*. Cheteshwar Pujara also scored a 119 to put India in a good position at 317-4 at stumps.
Coming back to bat the next morning, India were able to add a 100-odd more runs to their total, ending their innings at 455 owing to a fighting 58 from Ashwin, with some help at the other end from debutante Jayant Yadav (35), Moeen Ali taking 3 wickets for England today.
Then England walked out to bat, and Mohammed Shami removed Alastair Cook early, the Captain falling cheaply for 2 runs, the ball going through his stance and breaking his off-stump into two bits.
Since then, Joe Root and Haseeb Hameed had been rebuilding the innings, batting out carefully and patiently till tea was called.
Post tea, things have not gone England’s way, with a mix up between Hameed and Root, who wanted two runs, called loudly for a second, taking on the Indian fielder, Jayant Yadav, who with a slide to save a run threw the ball to the right end saw Hameed stranded mid-pitch and run out, and England in trouble. England then lost another, with Ashwin removing Ben Duckett.
Since then the trouble continued, with one batting solace for England: Joe Root scoring a half century, but England’s battle still a long and hard one.
31.5: THE BATTLE GETS HARDER! HE’S GONE! AND HE’S GONE!! Kohli sets the field perfectly, the ball turns away from him, Root skies it out to the deep and Ashwin removes Root for 53! Super-crucial wicket for India, leaving England 79-4.
34 overs done, Eng 80-4.
34.4: DRS being called on, India call for a review! The entire Indian team waits anxiously.
The ball in question was a straight delivery from Jayant, hitting on what the umpires felt was the bat first. The Indian captains looks to the bowler for affirmation, and in a flash, India have gone for a review.
Replays show a hit on the pads first, rather than a bat first as the on-field umpire had thought, and the trajectory shows the ball to go on and hit the stumps! A successful review for India, the decision being overturned and Moeen Ali has to go for 1! lbw Jayant Yadav. First test wicket for Jayant Yadav! Cheers in the Indian camp, Eng 80-5.
34.5 Jonny Bairstow is the new batsman in.
End of 35, Eng 80-5.
Maiden over. End of 36, England 80-5.
37 up, England 82-5.
Thanks to good efforts from bowlers at both ends, (Ashwin, Yadav and Jadeja) there are 2 new batsmen at the crease. After 38 overs, 85-5.
In the last 11 overs of this session, 13 runs have been scored with 3 wickets falling.
This session,23 overs, 51 runs scored, 4 wickets fallen.
End of another maiden over, 38 overs, England 85-5.
39.4: Bairstow goes for 2! India try at both ends! First, the keeper clips the stumps at his end, and then throws the ball to the other end. A direct hit! But the batsman is in and safe. Close, but no cigar! 40 overs up, England 87-5!
England still trail by 368 runs.
40.1: The ball defies all laws of physics! Ben Stokes gets lucky. The ball goes past him, gets a healthy edge off the top of the stumps, but the bails don’t fall. Will he make this reprive count??
End of a maiden from Ashwin, Eng 87-5.
Jadeja comes back on.
42.5: boundary to Stokes!
43 overs up, Eng 93-5.
The Indian fielding has been sharp.
43.1: A noise, and Jadeja is up! The umpire says no, Jadeja immedietly reviews. Turns out, the noise was the bat hitting pad. Umpires decision stays, Ben Stokes not out, India lose a review. Eng 92-5.
44.1: Shami back into the attack.
End of 45 overs, India 93-5.
In another match, the Indian women were unable to replicate their success from the ODI series. Indian T20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur won the toss and put her side in to bat first, India putting up 150-4 on the board in their 20 overs. India lost their openers early, leaving the team at 28-2 in 5.2 overs. Veda Krishnamurthy, who’d been in good touch throughout the ODI series, and Harmanpreet Kaur set about to undo the damage. The Captain ended not out on 68*(50 b) while Veda scored a handy 50 runs, and a small 11-run cameo by Jhulan Goswami taking India to 150 runs.
The West Indies began their chase tempestuously, scoring 30 runs in just 3 overs, when they lost their first wicket. Shikha Pandey picked up 3-31 in her 4 overs, but couldn’t do much to deter the West Indies, riding high on skipper Stephanie Taylor’s blistering 90 off 51 deliveries, Deandra Dottin finishing the game for the West Indies in 19.1 overs, WI 154-4, winning the first of 3 T20s with 5 balls to spare.
In another game further across the planet, in the New Zealand – Pakistan test, (the first day of which was washed out,) kiwi debutante Colin de Grandhomme took an amazing 6-41, the best kiwi debut figures, bowling out Pakistan for 133 runs. New Zealand chasing, at stumps on Day 2, are 104-3, trailing by 29 runs, with Jeet Raval 55 not out on debut.
At the end of a maiden over by Jadeja, Eng 93-5.
46.3 ov: 10 minutes of play left for today! Can India make it count?
46.5: A hint of reverse swing, and the balls zips by the batsman, very close to the stumps! Bowler Shami’s hands fly up to his head, proof of the frustration.
Eng of 47, Eng 94-5.
Jayant Yadav in for India.
47.1: 2 runs to England and good fielding by India! Keeping it tight!
47.2: defended and dot.
47.4: played and dot.
47.5: single to end the over. Eng 98-5 after 48 overs. Bairstow 7*(40) Stokes 12(49).
With minutes till stumps, Kohli hands the ball to Shami. Ashwin comes up to the captain and insists on bowling the last over. No contest from Shami!
3 dots from the first three balls! A great save at slip!
48.3: Bairstow gets one through! Ashwin bowls his carrom ball, Bairstow takes it to the fence! Four runs! And 100 comes up for England!
48.6: Dot ball,and that’s it! The umpire flicks the bails to end play.
We end Day 2 with England at 103-5! Jayant Yadav having a memorable debut, taking 1 wicket, giving 7 runs has been economical, he says he is enjoying his game, and is waiting for tomorrow morning to come back out onto the field! Ashwin picked up 2.
This session saw 69 runs in all, and 4 wickets. A steady 20 run partnership blooming for England, Bairstow 12*(46) Stokes 12*(49). England still trail India’s total by 352 runs.
Live action resumes tomorrow morning at 9:20 am, that’s all from me!