Ashwin ton puts England in a spin

15 February 2021 22:41:26 GMTPlus10

England's spin-bowling coach Jeetan Patel says the tourists have had "a tough three days" as India close on victory in the second Test in Chennai.

Patel, who took 65 wickets in 24 Test matches for New Zealand, is part of the England camp for the four-Test series in India where Joe Root's men claimed an impressive 227-run victory in the opening game.

However, the hosts have roared back in the second Test and they ended day three in a dominant position with England reduced to 53-3 in pursuit of an unlikely victory target of 482.

We need to find ways to nullify their attack.

Jeetan Patel

Ravichandran Ashwin has tormented the tourists with the ball, claiming nine wickets in the first Test and 5-43 in the first innings of the second match, and the all-rounder demonstrated his versatility by punishing them with the bat on Monday.

Coming in at number eight on a deteriorating pitch, Ashwin top-scored with 106, his fifth Test century, although he benefited from three dropped catches by the English fielders.

India were eventually bowled out for 286 in their second innings and England lost Rory Burns, Dom Sibley and nightwatchman Jack Leach before the close, with skipper Root narrowly surviving a DRS lbw appeal.

Speaking to Channel 4, Patel said: "It's been a tough three days. It hasn't been easy. Rohit hit 160 in the first innings and that took a lot out of us.

"There are runs to be had and Ashwin batted fantastically. Once the ball got softer, it stopped spinning more. [The pitch] has been deteriorating quickly and it's only going to get worse. We need to find ways to nullify their attack."

England are 41.00 to win the second Test with India 1.44 and the draw 5.50.

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