After a long day of hard work, stimulator Ishant Sharma gave the Indian squad under Virat Kohli something to cheer up their spirits by winning back-to-back wickets at the end of matchday two against England in Chennai.
India only managed two wickets in two sessions on day two as the likes of Joe Root, who completed a masterful brace, Ben Stokes, who scored a whirlwind of 118 82 balls, stacked on the agony of the local team.
The last two hours of the second day turned out a bit more in their favor as they claimed a total of 4 wickets.
It all started with spinner Ace Ravichandran Ashwin trapping young batsman Ollie Pope to lead in front of wickets with a straighter.
Pope missed the delivery line and ended up playing the ball on the back foot he should have been forward on.
The biggest wicket of them came out of Shahbaz Nadeem’s bowling alley who ultimately beat Joe Root’s defense to pin him right in front of the wicket.
Post that Jos Buttler and Dom Bess sewed a 48-track stand for the 7th wicket. Buttler was fortunate enough to escape when he was ruled non-eliminated by the referee when it was evident during the replay that he had edged Washington Sundar straight to goaltender Rishabh Pant.
Sensing yet another big partnership, Virat Kohli brought his senior quick pitcher back to Ishant Sharma in the attack.
And the ploy worked wonderfully as Ishant gave a bang bang to knock down Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer in two-ball space.
First of all, it was Jos Buttler, who misjudged the delivery line. Sensing that the bullet would go straight into Pant’s gloves, Buttler put his arms around his shoulders, only to see the delivery pinch a bit to dislodge his stumps.
Jofra Archer suffered a similar fate in the next delivery, as he was beaten for rhythm, which broke his stumps. The twin wickets enabled Ishant Sharma to complete 100 wickets on Indian soil. He now lacks a wicket to become the third Indian pilot to claim 300 test wickets.
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