Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the 2nd test between India and England from MA Chidambaram in Chennai.
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India forerunners Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill walk towards the pitch as Joe Root leads England onto the pitch.
The action resumes in Chepauk!
Podcast: The host lost the first test, pressing pause on momentum after his Down Under triumph. As the crowds return to the stadium for the 2nd test, Vijay Lokapally, Shayan Acharya and Wriddhaayan Bhattacharyya discuss what India needs to do to bounce back in the series.
Most of the tests done by India on one site:
42 – Calcutta, 34 – Chennai *,
34 – Delhi, 25 – Bombay, 23 – Bangalore
India XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (sem), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj
England XI: Dom Sibley, Rory Burns, Dan Lawrence, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes (wk), Moeen Ali, Olly Stone, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach
Toss: India wins the Toss and chooses to beat.
Jasprit Bumrah, Shahbaz Nadeem and Washington Sundar make room for Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel.
Olly Stone Chris Woakes pips to make England XI.
Toss time, guys!
Latest: Axar Patel will make his Test debut. The all-rounder received cap n ° 302 from skipper Virat Kohli!
Kuldeep Yadav, is seen warming up too and that may mean Washington Sundar will be on the bench for the crucial test.
Axar Patel receives his Test cap from Virat Kohli. – Sportzpics
8:45 am: The Toss is over in another 15 minutes. Kohli’s run with the coin unfolded against him late. Can recovery start from there?
8:30 am: One hour from the action. Chepauk welcomes the return of crazy cricket fans and a touch of spin on Day 1!
Chepauk is ready for the second test. – Sportzpics
Certainly, a surreal return for many!
The sights and sounds of the match day in Chepauk. Nothing unusual but a mind-boggling spectacle given the times. A traffic cop tells me it’s both fun and stimulating to see people again. A salesperson is all smiles after selling seven hats. The crowds return after nearly a year.@sportstarweb pic.twitter.com/Lj7GsRyZN4
– Ayan (@ ayan_acharya13) February 13, 2021
Average of Indian players in the second game of a series:
Average test since January 2020:
Virat Kohli needs 106 races to become the first Indian captain and third overall to score 12,000 international points. The other two to achieve the feat are Ricky Ponting (15,440 tracks) and Graeme Smith (14,878 tracks).
Ravichandran Ashwin (347 counters) needs three additional counters to complete 350 international home counters. He will be the third Indian to achieve the feat behind Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh.
Stuart Broad (517) needs three more wickets to top Courtney Walsh’s (519) tally and become the third most successful test player.
Root will become the most successful English skipper in test cricket with another test victory (27 wins). England are one win away from matching Australia’s record of seven consecutive victories by a visiting team in Asia.
Virat Kohli’s invincible side is found in a rare spot of his lair. With Joe Root’s men inflicting a massive blow to the body in the first test with a 227 point win, India was forced to retreat to the living room and rewire the slits in their armor.
Despite the extravagant hitting lineup at its disposal, India has been under the pump as England’s plans hit the nail on the head right from the Toss.
With the fans back and a pitch finally set up to suit her style, India may have gained some momentum ahead of Saturday’s first session. Add to that, England’s decision to rest veteran Jimmy Anderson and the in-form Dom Bess while Jofra Archer is judged injured and Jos Buttler returned home.
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England added Stuart Broad, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Ben Foakes and Ollie Stone to their 12-man squad ahead of the test. Despite the return of all-rounder Moeen Ali to the test squad after two years, India are said to be wary of the threat the 33-year-old could present.
LOOK: CD Gopinath, the only surviving member of India’s first-ever Test victory of 1952 over England in Chennai, relives that historic moment.
On his last tour of India in 2016, Ali shone on a sad tour for the visitor. In five tests, Ali has won 10 wickets while being England’s second best bet with the bat with 381 points including two hundred to his name.
India’s first drummers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane had a tough time as the Mumbaikars failed to set the tone with the bat. With a slightly exhausted English attack taking guard, Rohit and Rahane reportedly intend to set the record straight and lead the Indian to bat again.
How Rishabh Pant’s mom put him on the fast track to Team India
As India prepares to take the visitor to a spinning track from day one, Kohli will be tempted to settle in with three spinners. Axar Patel, the left-arm spinner, will likely make his Test debut replacing Shahbaz Nadeem with his lower-order stick offering an advantage. It could also mean the return of Kuldeep Yadav in white who could replace Washington Sundar. Sundar, despite his excellent performance with the bat, made the Indian spin attack one-dimensional in the first test with Officer Ravichandran Ashwin in the lead.
As we prepare for the first session, all eyes will be on the crucial draw and possible rosters that could stack up to play another crucial test match in the context of the Test World Championships.
What they said
“I’m sure that will change from day 1. We’ll have to wait and see how it goes in the first session and continue from there. We have to forget what happened in the first test and focus on good cricket. We know these conditions very well. Don’t think it will be complicated as such. The sooner we adjust to the wicket, the better, ” Ajinkya Rahane on the nature of the Chepauk terrain
“In the opening rounds of the first Test, Bessy (Dom Bess) produced a brilliant delivery to get rid of him. We have to keep delivering our best balls time and time again and try to put pressure on him. We know he is one of the best players in the world and desperate to prove a point this week, ” Joe root trying to keep Indian Captain Virat Kohli under pressure.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, R. Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Washington Sundar, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammad Siraj , Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha, Shardul Thakur.
England (12 announced): Joe Root (captain), Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Dan Lawrence, Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Moeen Ali, Ben Foakes, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Olly Stone.
Referees: Nitin Menon and Virender Sharma. Third referee; Anil Chowdhary. Match referee: Javagal Srinath.