After a long hard day of relentless toil, pacer Ishant Sharma gave the Virat Kohli-led Team India something to lift their spirits as he claimed back-to-back wickets at the fag end of the second day against England in Chennai.
India managed just two wickets across two sessions on the second day as the likes of Joe Root, who completed a masterly double-hundred, Ben Stokes, who scored a whirlwind 118-ball 82, piled on the agony on the home team.
The last two hours of the second day proved to be a bit more in their favor as they claimed a total of 4 wickets.
It all started with ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin trapping young batsman Ollie Pope plumb in front of wickets with a straighter one.
Pope missed the line of the delivery and ended up playing the ball on the backfoot on which he should have been forward.
The biggest wicket of them all came off the bowling of Shahbaz Nadeem who finally beat Joe Root’s defense to pin him right in front of the wicket.
Post that Jos Buttler and Dom Bess stitched a 48-run-stand for the 7th wicket. Buttler got a lucky escape when he was adjudged not out by the umpire despite it being evident on replay that he had edged Washington Sundar straight to keeper Rishabh Pant.
Sensing yet another big partnership, Virat Kohli brought back his senior fast bowler in Ishant Sharma in the attack.
And, the ploy worked brilliantly as Ishant went bang bang to knock over Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer within a space of two balls.
First, it was Jos Buttler, who misjudged the line of the delivery. Sensing that the ball would straight into Pant’s gloves, Buttler shouldered arms, only to see the delivery nipping back in a bit to dislodge his stumps.
Jofra Archer met with a similar fate on the very next delivery as he was beaten for pace, leading to his stumps being shattered. The twin wickets saw Ishant Sharma complete 100 wickets on Indian soil. He is now one wicket short of becoming the third Indian pacer to claim 300 Test wickets.