India vs England, 2nd Test: Ravichandran Ashwin Hits Fifth Test 100, Third Century Instance And Five-For In The Same Match
India vs England: On Day 3 of the second Test, Ravichandran Ashwin hit a magnificent hundred to help India lead to a wide second-innings lead. This is the third time in the same Test for him to get a century and a five-wicket haul.
On Monday, Day 3 of the second Test between India and England, Ravichandran Ashwin hit his fifth test century. In the same match, this was also the third instance of Ashwin getting a 100 and a five-wicket-haul. With 14 fours and one six, he hit his century off 134 balls and finished the innings with 106 runs to his name.
The knock of Ashwin and his 96-run partnership with India captain Virat Kohli helped India establish a major second-innings lead even as the hosts tried to level the series after losing the first test. At the fall of the sixth wicket, Ashwin came in to bat at the score of 106 and batted vigorously from the word go from there on.
To great effect, he used the sweep shot against the England spinners Moeen Ali, Jack Leach and Joe Root, and only got his fifty off 64 balls.
Kohli was more subdued, batting at the other end, having his half-century off 107 balls.
Together, at lunch, Kohli and Ashwin took India to 156 for six and boosted India's 200 shortly after drinks in the second session.
When the bowler wanted to go short with a leg-side heavy field, Ashwin was equally competent against both speed and spin, playing tennis-like slaps against the pace of Olly Stone.
Ashwin played an extended upper straight drive which carried the ball over mid-on for four when Stuart Broad, England's second-highest all-time wicket taker, pitched one up.
Ashwin agreed on a farm strike for the last wicket with Mohammed Siraj at the other end with Kohli, Kuldeep Yadav and Ishant Sharma dropping at the other end.
Ashwin used the depth of the crease to great effect as, before slog-sweeping Moeen Ali for a six over long-on to breeze through the nineties, he cut one short ball from Jack Leach for four towards backward point.
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When an outside edge brought the ball past slips for four, Ashwin got his hundred off a mis-hit.
As India were bowled out for 286 runs in their second innings and set England a daunting 482 runs to win the Test, his was the last wicket to fall.