Former England batsman Michael Vaughan feels that it will be a remarkable achievement if the Joe Root-led visitors manage to win the ongoing Test despite having lost the toss on a track that he termed as a ‘beach’.
The pitch at the Chepauk was in the news in the lead-up to the second Test with speculations of it being a raging turner. And the first session of the Test match seems to has proved all those speculations right as the likes of Jack Leach and Moeen Ali got an appreciable turn, proving that it has been a good toss to win for the home side.
Having won the toss, England got off to a brilliant start as Olly Stone removed opener Shubman Gill for a three-ball duck.
Jack Leach once again accounted for Cheteshwar Pujara after the Indian No.3 edged one straight to Ben Stokes at first slip. But the ball of the match so far came from Moeen Ali who bamboozled Virat Kohli with a perfect off-spinner’s delivery.
Ali pitched the ball on and around off-stump and forced Virat Kohli to lunge forward. However, the ball turned wickedly off the surface to knock over the Indian captain. This was Virat Kohli’s 26th duck in international cricket and it was the first time that he was dismissed for 0 by a spinner.
However, amid all the discussions of spinners ruling the roost, Rohit Sharma has looked like he is batting on a completely different surface. The Indian opener has looked imperious against both pace and spin right from the first ball that he faced.
Sharma has looked like a Rolls Royce on a surface that is expected to make the batsmen dance to the tune of the turning ball. The Indian opener has brought up his 7th Test hundred and his unbeaten 101-run stand for the 4th wicket with Ajinkya Rahane has helped India recover from the double blows that they suffered in the morning session.
“If England wins this week having lost the toss on this beach … it will be a remarkable Victory … #INDvENG,” tweeted Vaughan
If England win this week having lost the toss on this beach … it will be a remarkable Victory … #INDvENG
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 13, 2021