India vs England 2021: Twitter Reacts As India Annihilate England In The 2nd Test To Draw Level The 4-Match Series

India vs England 2021: Twitter Reacts As India Annihilate England In The 2nd Test To Draw Level The 4-Match Series

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates with his teammates [Image Credit: Twitter]

India completed the formality of taking the last seven England second innings wickets on the fourth afternoon of the second Test to beat the visitors by a whopping 317 runs to draw level the four-match series 1-1.

Ravichandran Ashwin took just one delivery to get into the act on the 4th day thanks to a brilliant stumping by Rishabh Pant. It all happened in the 26th over of the England innings when Daw Lawrence decided to take the attack on India’s spinner by stepping out on the very first delivery that he bowled in the morning session.

Ashwin preempted Dan Lawrence’s move and fired the ball into the right-hander. The young English batsman was caught in no man’s land as he looked to flick. The stride was so big that the ball easily passed between his legs. Rishabh Pant then proceeded to move very quickly to his left.

India, England, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin
Rishabh Pant effects a brilliant stumping [Image Credit: Twitter]
Pant collected the ball cleanly and before Dan Lawrence could get back into the crease, off came the bails in a jiffy.

Ben Stokes once again looked all at sea against Ravichandran Ashwin and his troubled 51-ball stay at the crease finally came to an end after he played for the turn and gave an easy bat-pad opportunity to Virat Kohli at first slip.

Ollie Pope tried to be aggressive by employing the sweep but one shot proved too many for the youngster as he holed out in the deep while employing a slog-sweep against Axar Patel. Kuldeep Yadav could have easily got Joe Root in his 3rd over after the English skipper miscued the reverse-sweep but for Mohammed Siraj, who missed a regulation catch at backward point.

Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav celebrates with his teammates [Image Credit: BCCI]
However, it did not take much time for Kuldeep to get into the act as Ben Foakes mistimed the attempted slog-sweep, and this time Axar Patel ensured that the opportunity wasn’t shelled as he completed an easy catch at midwicket as England went into the Lunch break down in the dumps at 7/116.Axar Patel struck immediately after the Lunch break as he got one to spit off from the rough and take the glove on Joe Root’s tentative poke to lob straight into first slip’s hands where Ajinkya Rahane did not make any mistake.

The left-arm orthodox claimed yet another wicket in his next over after he trapped Olly Stone LBW to become the 9th Indian bowler and 6th spinner to claim a five-wicket haul on Test debut. Moeen Ali smoked a few lusty blows off the Indian spinners before the inevitable eventually happened as he missed an attempted slog off Kuldeep Yadav, only to see Rishabh Pant effect another brilliant stumping.

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