Indian pacer Ishant Sharma was finally rewarded for his long toil with the ball in the ongoing Test match against England as he went bang bang in his 24th over to dismiss both Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer.
With the partnership between Jos Buttler and Dom Bess starting to shape into another big one, skipper Virat Kohli brought back his most experienced pacer in Ishant Sharma.
And, Sharma took just two balls to get into the thick of things. His first victim was Jos Buttler, who saw his stumps rattled following a disastrous leave.
Buttler, in an anticipation of the fact that the ball would go straight to the keeper, shouldered his arms, only to see the ball nip back and dislodge his stumps.
This was the fifth time that Ishant had dismissed the English swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman. This was also his 298th scalp for the veteran seamer.
One wicket brought two for Ishant Sharma as he beat Jofra Archer with pace to knock over his stumps. This also proved to be Ishant’s 100th scalp on home soil.
This was the 4th wicket that Team India claimed in the final session of the second day. Earlier in the session, Ravichandran Ashwin broke the partnership between Joe Root and Ollie Pope after he pinned the latter plumb in front of the wicket.
Shahbaz Nadeem finally managed to get past Joe Root’s defense and pin him a leg-before wicket, ending a marathon knock from the English skipper.
Nevertheless, England has asserted themselves into a position of strength, having piled up in excess of 500 runs.