At the stroke of lunch on day-2 at the Mumbai Test, it was advantage England, as they were sitting pretty at 385/8. Adding to the overnight score of 288/5, England started cautiously with the overnight pair of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler.
At the stroke of lunch on day-2 at the Mumbai Test, it was advantage England, as they were sitting pretty at 385/8. Adding to the overnight score of 288/5, England started cautiously with the overnight pair of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler. However, Stokes was dismissed early, as he became the 5th victim to R Ashwin. He couldn’t survive, as India succeeded in reviewing (DRS) Stokes’ wicket both for a LBW and a catch at slip taken by Virat Kohli. However, India wrested the initiative quickly after that, sending England tumbling to 400 all out with Ashwin taking 6/112.
Before lunch, Ravindra Jadeja was successful in snapping Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid. But the England tail continued wagging as the new-comer Jake Ball put up an important stand of 51 unbeaten runs to take England close to 400; reaching lunch at 385/8. The English dressing room looked satisfied with the total, as their sole target was to cross 350 today morning. Most importantly, they must be immensely happy with the efforts of Jos Buttler. The big-hitter has shown calm and composure in his knock of 76.
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Among the bowlers, R Ashwin took his 23rd 5-wicket haul, becoming the joint third highest along with the great Kapil Dev; just two behind Harbhajan Singh (25) and 12 behind India coach Anil Kumble (35). Ravindra Jadeja gelled well with Ashwin, as he added two more wickets to his tally. Jayant Yadav was brought in late, after the seamers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav once again failed to strike early blows in the morning session.