The English Cricket force which was looking hefty in the first test, however, could not retain their bating strength against the Indians on second day of the second test. After the gigantic first inning score of the Indians, England team had lost 5 of its upper order batsmen and was struggling utterly against Indian spinners.
After the well made century of Cheteshwar Pujara (119 runs off 204 balls, 12 fours and 2 sixes) and the spectacular 224 run stand between him and skipper Virat Kohli, the skipper continued his feat on the second day as well.
He was timing the ball perfectly well and was moving towards yet another double ton, when was caught by Stokes off Moeen Ali. But before departing, he played a splendid innings of 167 runs that took 267 deliveries and consisted of 18 fours.
Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane who returned unbeaten on day 1, could not do much and departed on a score of 23 runs off 61 deliveries. Following him was wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (3 runs off 16 deliveries) and Ravindra Jadeja (0 off 2 balls).
But Ravichandran Ashwin once again proved that he is no mug with the bat and played a significant inning of 58 runs that took 95 deliveries. The innings also consisted of 6 boundaries. To add to everybody’s surprise, debutant Jayant Yadav too played a dazzling inning of 35 runs off 84 deliveries.
With the contributions of all these and some tail-enders, India managed to amass 455 runs on the board in 129.4 overs.
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In search of wickets, English skipper Alastair Cook tried as many as 7 bowlers among which, Moeen Ali and James Anderson were the most successful who grabbed 3 Indian wickets each. Adil Rashid too got a couple of wickets to wrap up the Indian innings shortly after lunch.
The English batting inning after this, did not have the start as expected and they lost their skipper Alastair Cook early. He was bowled out by Shami when he was on only 2 runs off 11 deliveries.
Opener Haseeb Hameed carried the innings forward with Joe Root and took the team score to 51 runs when Hameed was run out by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha off a brilliant throw from Jayant Yadav.
Shortly after this, England lost wickets consecutively in the form of Ben Duckett (5 runs off 19 balls), Joe Root and Moeen Ali. Root, who was looking in a good touch from the very beginning, departed after contributing 53 runs which took 98 deliveries and consisted of 6 fours.
Even Moeen Ali who played brilliantly in the first match, departed as the maiden wicket of debutant Jayant Yadav when he had scored only a single run.
At stumps, Ben Stokes, the bowling all rounder of England was on the crease with wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow. Stokes was unbeaten on 12 runs off 49 deliveries while Bairstow was on the same score off 46 deliveries.
After losing too may wickets up front, these two batsmen were able to pacify the flurry and were looking in good nick in front of Indian pacers and spinners. England still trails by 352 runs after the second day’s play while they have only 5 wickets in hand to chase the score on the third and subsequent days.