World news – India versus England, second test: Michael Vaughan calls Chepauk Pitch « beach »


The wicket in the first test of the series didn’t bring the spinners that much support, but the second test is a completely different story on the same ground in Chennai
Published: February 13, 2021 1:35 PM |

Last updated: February 13, 2021 1:35 p.m.

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NEW DELHI: With the Chepauk pitch continuing to provide support to the spinners on the first day of the second test between India and England at MA Chidambaram Stadium, former Three Lions skipper Michael Vaughan designated the wicket on Saturday as « Beach ».

In the match India won the throw and decided to hit first. Rohit Sharma scored a rapid fire of fifty but the English weirdos (Moeen Ali and Jack Leach) defeated Virat Kohli (0) and Cheteshwar Pujara (21).

« If England wins this week after having the throw on this beach lost … it will be a remarkable win … #INDvENG, « tweeted Vaughan.

If England wins this week after losing the throw on this beach … it will be a remarkable win … #INDvENG

The wicket in the first test of the series hadn’t been of that much help to the spinners, but the second test is a completely different story on the same ground in Chennai as the spinners have a field day on the first day of testing.

At lunchtime India’s score is 106/3, with Rohit and Ajinkya Rahane currently unbeaten with 80 and 5 respectively. The first session scored 106 runs out of 26 overs.

India took the first shot and had the worst start when the hosts lost Gill (0) ‘s wicket in just two seconds of the day. Olly Stone pinned Gill right outside the door and as a result the right-handed man was sentenced in front of the wicket. Pujara then joined Rohit in the middle and the duo picked up the innings for the hosts. While Pujara played his way, Rohit quickly took advantage of the loose balls and made sure the scoreboard moved briskly. Rohit brought his fifty from just 47 balls in just the 15th of the innings and he looked in threatening form.

Both batters had no problems, but spinner Jack Leach sat down against Pujara (21) just 20 minutes before lunch. through and the batsman was sent back to the pavilion. That sack also ended an 85-run stand between Pujara and Rohit. In the next round, Moeen Ali dropped a stunning delivery that rattled Virat Kohli’s (0) stumps and reduced India to 86/3. In the end, Rahane and Rohit made sure that the hosts didn’t lose gates before the lunch break.

Previously, skipper Kohli had won the litter and decided to hit first. The hosts made three changes to their line-up when they brought in Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Siraj in place of Shahbaz Nadeem, Washington Sundar and Jasprit Bumrah.

On the flip side, England made four changes when the team Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Olly Stone and Ben Foakes instead of Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, James Anderson and Jos Buttler.

England are already 1-0 in the four-game series and India has to start the series with at least 2 : Win 1 to reach the final of the World Test Championship (WTC).

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