Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik has reckoned that with the kind of purchase the spinners are getting from the Chennai track, it will take the home side just three days to wrap up the second Test.
Karthik’s tweet came at a time when England batsmen were battling against the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel in the pre-Lunch session.
The Joe Root-led unit has got off to a disastrous start to their first innings as they lost four top-order wickets within the space of just 18 overs in the morning session.
Opener Rory Burns registered his second consecutive duck of the series after he was trapped LBW by Ishant Sharma.
On a pitch where the ball is spitting like a cobra, Ravichandran Ashwin soon got into the act as did debutant Axar Patel as the duo went on to claim three crucial wickets on the second morning.
Dom Sibley fell to Ashwin after he edged an attempted to sweep to Virat Kohli at leg-slip, as did skipper Joe Root, who top-edged the sweep to short fine-leg to give Axar his maiden Test wicket.
Dan Lawrence’s troubled stay at the crease during which he managed 9 off 52 balls, came to an end on the last ball of the session thanks to a bat-pad dismissal off Ravichandran Ashwin, leaving the visitors reeling at 4/39.
“England took 5 days to win the first test, I get a feeling India is going to get this done in 3 days in this test #INDvENG” Dinesh Karthik tweeted.
England took 5 days to win the first test, I get a feeling India is going to get this done in 3 days in this test #INDvENG
— DK (@DineshKarthik) February 14, 2021
Earlier, India, thanks to a masterclass in how to play spinners on a raging turner by Rohit Sharma and brilliant half-centuries by Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant, posted what looks like a match-winning total of 329.