2nd Test: Eng lose top 4, including Root, after Ind finish with 329 (Lunch)

Chennai, Feb 14 (IANS) India on Sunday morning scalped four England wickets, including the priced scalp of Joe Root, as they had the visitors reeling in their first innings on Day Two of the second Test here at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

At the end of the second session, England reached 39/4 and they still trail by 290 runs in reply to India’s first inning score of 329.

None of the top four England batters, including skipper Root, could stay long at the crease as the Indian bowlers made full use of the conditions at the ‘Chepauk’.

While Rory Burns’ wicket was taken by Ishant Sharma in the very first over of the England innings, the other three wickets of Dominic Sibley (16), Daniel Lawrence (9) and Root (6) went to the spinners. Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets while debutant Axar Patel got the priced scalp of Root.

Earlier in the day, India added 29 runs to their overnight score before they got bundled out in the first hour of the session.

Resuming at 300/6, India lost the wicket of Patel very early in the day as he got out stumped against Moeen Ali and went back to the dressing room after scoring 5 off 14. Ishant, who came in next, also could not stay long as he out for a duck against Ali after facing just two deliveries.

Kuldeep Yadav, playing his first Test after a long time, stayed for a while but was out caught behind against Olly Stone. He faced 15 balls but failed to score a run.

Mohammad Siraj scored a boundary of the first ball he faced but was out on the second delivery as the Indian innings came to an end in the 96th over. Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant remained unbeaten on 58 for which he consumed 77 deliveries. Pant smashed seven fours and two maximums.

Earlier on Day One, Rohit Sharma had scored a brilliant 161 while Ajinkya Rahane contributed with 67.

Brief scores: England 39/4 at lunch (Dominic Sibley 16, Daniel Lawrence 9; Ravichandran Ashwin 2/15) trail by 290 runs against India 329

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