India vs England, 2nd Test – Day 2, Visakhapatnam: The day ended completely in India’s favor. As predicted, team India scored a massive 455 runs in 130 overs with the likes of Captain Virat Kohli (167), Ravichandran Ashwin(58) and debutant Jayant Yadav(35) on day 2. In reply, England tumbled early on losing its skipper Alastair Cook(2) and are trailing India by 352 runs with 103/5 on the scoreboard.
Starting Day 2 with the overnight score of 317/4, captain Virat Kohli tried hard to stay on the crease for a longer time but has eventually departed with a slip catch to Ben Stokes off Moeen Ali’s bowling. Ravichandran Ashwin along with debutant Jayant Yadav piled up some crucial runs for India after skipper Virat Kohli. Jayant Yadav’s 35 off 84 balls with four boundaries, ensured India a decent total of 455.
Ravindra Jadeja, on the other hand, continued his poor form as he walked to the pavilion for a duck. However, this time it was a bit unlucky for him as replays showed the ball missing the stumps. Notably, India has a DRS review remaining which was unutilized by Jadeja. Wriddhiman Saha (3), also failed to impress with his bat on the Vizag pitch.
In return, the England team has given up very early in its chase with Alastair Cook(2) bowled out with an excellent delivery from Mohammad Shami. He was followed by Haseeb Hameed (13), run out off a quick throw from Jayant Yadav. Joe Root (52) was the only English player on Day 2 to withstand the Indian bowling attack for a considerable time, before getting out to Ashwin’s off-spin.
Ben Duckett (5), bowled out in the same fashion as in Rajkot for his poor technique to counter spin. Debutant Jayant Yadav scalped the key wicket of Mooen Ali(1) for LBW, proving how important was his addition to the team. He had also made some crucial runs with the bat and dismissed Hameed for a run out before taking the wicket of Moeen Ali. Interestingly, India got the wicket of Moeen Ali after challenging the umpire Dharmasena’s decision, which also marked the first wicket for Jayant Yadav.
At the end of the day, skipper Virat Kohli will be the happiest man with India closing the winning boundary. The match may finish in three days if England fails to counter the turning ball on Day 3 of the Vizag test.