On a wicket chastised for being a rank turner and unsuitable for batting, Rohit Sharma’s first-day century coupled with Player of the Match R. Ashwin’s hundred and match haul of 8 for 96 helped the host side beat England by 317 runs and square the four-match series in Chennai on Tuesday.
The morning belonged to Ashwin and Rishabh Pant. After contributing with two superb one-handed catches in the first innings, Pant dived to pouch an Ashwin delivery that nutmegged an advancing Dan Lawrence, before whipping the bails off.
Ashwin then shifted his focus to Ben Stokes, bowling 35 dots to him before inducing a thick inside edge that went to Virat Kohli at slip. Stokes fell for an uncharacteristic 8 off 51 balls. This was also the 10th time Ashwin had got the better of the talismanic English all-rounder in Tests.
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