England make disastrous start to their first innings against India

England make disastrous start to their innings with FIVE wickets falling cheaply – including captain Joe Root – as India seize control of the second Test in Chennai having earlier been bowled out for 329

  • England are reeling after losing five wickets in their response to India’s 329
  • Rory Burns fell to Ishant Sharma for a second consecutive duck three balls in
  • Dom Sibley went for 16 before Axar Patel claimed the prize wicket of Joe Root
  • Dan Lawrence ground out nine from 52 balls before falling just before lunch
  • Moeen Ali and Olly Stone had earlier wrapped up the Indian first innings  

England were reeling on 53 for five – with their top batsmen back in the pavilion – as India seized complete control of the second Test.

After Moeen Ali and Olly Stone had finished off India’s first innings for 329 in the morning session, England’s response quickly turned into a horror show in Chennai.

Rory Burns failed to score for a second consecutive innings as he was out lbw to Ishant Sharma third ball, having unsuccessfully reviewed the decision.

Ishant Sharma celebrates the wicket of England opener Rory Burns to spark a top order collapse in the morning session of day two in Chennai 

India had England four wickets down by lunch as they seized control of the second Test

Confidence was flowing through the Indian ranks as they ripped through England’s top order

Dom Sibley was the next to fall for 16 in unfortunate circumstances as he missed an attempted sweep to Ravichandran Ashwin only to see the ball strike his pad and loop up off the back of his bat to Virat Kohli at slip.

And any hope captain Joe Root could bat England out of trouble soon ended when he fell for six, top-edging a sweep to Ashwin at short fine leg off the bowling of Axar Patel.

England were 23 for three at that point and things got worse just as it appeared Dan Lawrence and Ben Stokes were set to steer them safely to lunch.

With the final ball before the interval, Ashwin found Lawrence’s inside edge and the ball deflected off his pad to Shubman Gill at short leg.

And things for even worse for England shortly after lunch when Stokes was bowled by a beauty from Ashwin for 18. Ashwin found some devilish turn to take the off-stump with Stokes left with no chance.

England had earlier wrapped up India’s first innings relatively smoothly with Moeen striking twice in his first over of the day.

Moeen Ali (centre) took two wickets early on as India were bowled out for 329 in their innings

Olly Stone celebrates after taking the wicket of Kuldeep Yadav – one of two for the bowler

But England were soon in deep trouble in their response with four wickets falling before lunch

India resumed on 300 for six but quickly stumbled to 301 for eight. Axar Patel was stumped off Moeen’s second ball, with Ben Foakes showing swift reactions and smooth glovework after the ball turned nicely past the outside edge.

A full toss then accounted for Ishant Sharma, who stooped to sweep and lobbed an ugly catch straight to Burns.

Rishabh Pant was still batting aggressively, however, and he roared past his half-century with a flourish of fours and one six over long-off off Moeen.

England duly turned to Olly Stone to see if pace might close out the innings. It worked, with the two remaining wickets falling within his first five deliveries.

Neither Kuldeep Yadav or Mohammed Siraj much fancied themselves against the Warwickshire man’s speed and both edged to Foakes to leave Pant high and dry on 58 not out and Stone with final figures of three for 47. 

India’s first innings total is already looking a steep ask for England with the pitch crumbling 

Ishant Sharma celebrates taking the breakthrough wicket of Rory Burns as England wobbled 

But India’s total of 329 always looked challenging given the crumbling nature of the pitch and anxieties certainly grew when Burns fell for a third-ball duck.

After hanging two balls outside off-stump, veteran seamer Ishant straightened up and thumped Burns on the knee-roll from around the wicket. The umpire’s finger went up after several seconds of deliberation and that proved the decisive factor on the DRS review.

Just as Sibley looked to be bedding in, he dropped to one knee trying to sweep Ashwin. The ball struck his front pad, flicked the back of the bat and went through to leg slip, with replays confirming his dismissal after a not-out decision on the field.

English hopes one more fell to Root but he went for just six, the sweep that served him so well this winter letting him down as Axar took the top edge to leave the tourists well and truly rocking on 23 for three.

Lawrence was forced into survival mode and his nervy existence lasted 52 balls before he pushed hopefully at Ashwin and popped a catch to Gill at short leg. 

Ben Foakes is alert to stump Axar Patel for England’s first wicket of the second day in Chennai 

Rishabh Pant brought up his 50 with some aggressive batting as India bolstered their score

Colourful India fans celebrate a successful start to the second day as they took control

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