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England posted 477 on board; India responded positevly

England tour of India
5th Test: India v England
Date & Venue: 16th-20th December, 2016, M A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Day 2: Moeen Ali 105 and Ben Stokes 5 started the day on overnight score of 284 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin strikes in first over as Ben Stokes caught by Parthiv Patel on 6 runs just added 1 run to his overnight score. Jos Buttler joins the crease with Moeen Ali but he didn’t stayed long on the crease as he was plumed LBW by Ishant Sharma on 5 runs. Liam Dawson was next batsmen; now Moeen Ali changed his gear as he started playing freely and move into 140’s but in 104th over of the innings Umesh Yadav strikes as he bowled short pitch delivery which Moeen Ali played to mid wicket and beautifully caught by Ravinder Jadeja and he departs on 146 runs and unexpectedly England were abridged to 321/7.

Dawson and Rashid confirmed no more damage to batting as duo begun cautiously before lunch, adding 31 runs to their partnership in 15.2 overs. Dawson had been the leading partner, till the lunch as England went on lunch 352/7. After lunch Rashid also started playing freely and both of them went on to add crucial 108 runs for the 8th wicket before Rashid was caught behind the wickets on the bowling of Umesh Yadav at 60 runs.

Stuart Broad was run-out after tea, caught short of the crease at the keeper’s end by a flat throw from Rahul.  Jake Ball bowled trying to cut a Mishra googly and finally England were bowled out on 477 which is a good total on this pitch.  The debutante Dawsan remained unbeaten on 66 becoming highest scorer for England at no. 8. For India Ravinder Jadeja picked 3 wickets, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma picked 2 wickets apiece.

In reply India opened with Rahul and Parthiv Patel because of injury to Murli Vijay. Both played carefully and confirmed that England go wicket less on day 2 as they both added unbeaten 60 run opening stand. But on day 3 still lot of work to do; it will be good for India as long as they can stay.

Team Score Over’s
England 477/10 157.2
India 60/0 20.0
India still behind by 417 runs with 10 wickets remaining in the 1st inning

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