IND vs ENG 2nd Test highlights: India wins by 317 runs; levels series 1-1

The Test series will now move to Ahmedabad where the third Test, which will be a day/night affair with pink ball, begins on February 24. Photo: Sportzpics for BCCI

Exploiting the spin-friendly conditions, a dominant Indian cricket team thumped England by 317 runs in the second Test to level the four-match series 1-1, at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday.

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India bundled out England for 164 in its second innings with more than four sessions to spare in the match.

The victory was crucial for India in the context of World Test Championship as they need to win the series at least with a 2-1 margin or better to make the cut for the title clash against New Zealand.

India had lost the opening Test at the same venue by a massive 227-run margin.

The Test series will now move to Ahmedabad where the third Test, which will be a day/night affair with pink ball, begins on February 24.

In pursuit of an improbable 482-run target on a difficult pitch, England began at the overnight score of 53 for three but their batsmen struggled to counter the spin challenge posed by the home bowlers.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (3/53) first sent back Dan Lawrence (26) and then removed Stokes (8) to add to the misery of the visitors.

Axar Patel (5/60) enticed a lofted sweep from Ollie Pope (12), who was caught by Ishant Sharma. Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav got his first wicket when he had Ben Foakes (2) caught by Patel.

Skipper Joe Root (33) kept one end tight in the morning session but struggled to handle ball from Patel that bounced a bit too much and was caught in the slip region.

Once Root was back in the pavilion, it was not difficult for India to wrap up the proceedings though Moeen Ali hit an attacking 43.

India moves to second spot on ICC World Test Championship points table.

Position Teams Played PCT(%)
1 New Zealand 11 70
2 India 15 69.7
3 Australia 14 69.2
4 England 18 67
5 Pakistan 12 43.3
6 South Africa 11 30
7 West Indies 8 23.8
8 Sri Lanka 7 16.7
9 Bangladesh 3 0

India first innings' scorecard

Batsmen Dismissals Runs Balls Fours Sixes
Rohit Sharma c Moeen b Leach 161 310 16 2
Shubman Gill lbw b Stone 0 3 0 0
Cheteshwar Pujara c Stokes b Leach 21 58 2 0
Virat Kohli b Moeen Ali 0 5 0 0
Ajinkya Rahane b Moeen Ali 67 149 9 0
Rishabh Pant not out 58 77 7 3
R Ashwin c Pope b Root 13 19 1 0
Axar Patel st Foakes b Moeen 5 14 1 0
Ishant Sharma c Burns b Moeen 0 2 0 0
Kuldeep Yadav c Foakes b Stone 0 15 0 0
Mohammed Siraj c Foakes b Stone 4 2 1 0
Total: 329-9 in 95.5 Overs
Bowlers Overs Maiden Runs Wickets
Stuart Broad 11 2 37 0
Olly Stone 15.5 5 47 3
Jack Leach 26 2 78 2
Ben Stokes 2 0 16 0
Moeen Ali 29 3 128 4
Joe Root 11 3 23 1

England first innings' scorecard

Batsmen Dismissals Runs Balls Fours Sixes
Rory Burns lbw b Ishant 0 3 0 0
Dominic Sibley c Kohli b Ashwin 16 25 3 0
Dan Lawrence c Gill b Ashwin 9 52 0 0
Joe Root c Ashwin b Axar 6 12 0 0
Ben Stokes b Ashwin 8 16 0 0
Ollie Pope c Pant b Siraj 22 57 1 0
Ben Foakes not out 42 107 4 0
Moeen Ali c Rahane b Axar 6 30 1 1
Olly Stone c Rohit b Ashwin 1 4 0 0
Jack Leach c Pant b Ishant 5 34 1 0
Stuart Broad b Ashwin 0 2 0 0
Total: 134-10 in 59.5 Overs
Bowlers Overs Maiden Runs Wickets
Ishant Sharma 5 1 22 2
R Ashwin 23.5 4 43 5
Axar Patel 20 3 40 2
Kuldeep Yadav 6 1 16 0
Mohammed Siraj 5 4 5 1

India second innings' scorecard

Batsmen Dismissals Runs Balls Fours Sixes
Rohit Sharma st Foakes b Leach 26 70 2 1
Shubman Gill lbw b Leach 14 28 0 1
Cheteshwar Pujara runout (Pope/Foakes) 7 23 1 0
Virat Kohli lbw b Kohli 62 149 7 0
Rishabh Pant st Foakes b Leach 8 11 1 0
Ajinkya Rahane c Pope b Moeen 10 14 2 0
Axar Patel lbw b Moeen 7 18 1 0
R Ashwin b Stone 106 148 14 1
Kuldeep Yadav lbw b Moeen Ali 3 9 0 0
Ishant Sharma c Stone b Leach 7 24 1 0
Mohammed Siraj not out 16 21 0 2
Total: 286-10 in 85.5 Overs
Bowlers Overs Maiden Runs Wickets
Olly Stone 6.5 1 21 1
Jack Leach 33 6 100 4
Moeen Ali 32 7 98 4
Joe Root 4 0 15 0
Stuart Broad 9 3 25 0
Daniel Lawrence 1 0 7 0

England 2nd innings' scorecard

Batsmen Dismissals Runs Balls Fours Sixes
Rory Burns c Kohli b Ashwin 25 42 4 0
Dominic Sibley lbw b Axar 3 25 0 0
Daniel Lawrence st Pant b Ashwin 26 53 2 1
Jack Leach c Rohit b Axar 0 1 0 0
Joe Root c Rahane b Axar 33 92 3 0
Ben Stokes c Kohli b Ashwin 8 51 0 0
Ollie Pope c Ishant b Axar 12 20 1 0
Ben Foakes c Axar b Kuldeep 2 9 0 0
Moeen Ali st Pant b Kuldeep 43 18 3 5
Olly Stone lbw b Axar 0 5 0 0
Stuart Broad not out 5 10 1 0
Total: 164-10 in 54.2 Overs
Bowlers Overs Maiden Runs Wickets
Ishant Sharma 6 3 13 0
Axar Patel 21 5 60 5
R Ashwin 18 5 53 3
Mohammed Siraj 3 1 6 0
Kuldeep Yadav 6.2 1 25 2

ICC World Test Championship

If India wins the second Test match against England, it will move up on the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) point table. New Zealand has already qualified for the final, scheduled for June 18-22, and India, England and Australia are in contention to join the Kiwis in the final.

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India vs England 2nd Test Day 4 highlights

IND vs ENG key highlights

Drinks: England - 88/4 in 36.0 overs (Root 20, Stokes 8)
England: 100 runs in 40.1 overs (241 balls), Extras 7
Lunch: England - 116/7 in 48.3 overs (Root 33)
Over 51.1: Review by England (Batting), Umpire - Sharma, Batsman - Stone (Struck down - Umpires Call)
England: 150 runs in 53.2 overs (320 balls), Extras 7

IND vs ENG live score after 54.2 Overs: 164-10 | Kuldeep scalps Moeen Ali

England 2nd innings: 164-10 

Kuldeep Yadav continues and Moeen Ali smashes the first ball through extra cover for FOUR.

Moeen Ali comes down wicket for a biggie but fails to counter the turn, Pant dislodges the STUMPS, GONE. Moeen Ali st Pant b Kuldeep Yadav 43(18) [4s-3 6s-5]

INDIA LEVELS THE SERIES.

IND vs ENG live score after 54 Overs: 160-9

Over Summary: 0 4 6 1 0 0  ; England 2nd innings: 160-9  ; Stuart Broad (5), Moeen Ali (39)

Ashwin comes into the attack and moeen Ali smashes the 2nd and 3rd ball for a FOUR and SIX respectively.

Axar sweeps the 4th ball towards deep mid-wicket for a single. Stuart Broad sees off the remaining deliveries.

IND vs ENG live score after 53 Overs: 149-9

Over Summary: 4 0 0 0 0 0  ; England 2nd innings: 149-9  ; Stuart Broad (5), Moeen Ali (28)

Kuldeep Yadav continues and Braod smashes the first ball for FOUR while sees off the remaining overs.

IND vs ENG live score after 52 Overs: 145-9 | Axar scalps Stone

Over Summary: W 0 1 6 6 6  ; England 2nd innings: 145-9  ; Stuart Broad (1), Moeen Ali (28)

Axar continues and traps Stone in front of wicket. Stone takes the review, impact is umpire's call and the ball hitting the middle stump, GONE. Olly Stone lbw b Axar 0(5)

Stuart Broad, left handed bat, comes to the crease and collects a single off the third delivery. Moeen Ali smashes three GIGANTIC SIXES to end the over.

IND vs ENG live score after 51 Overs: 126-8

Over Summary: 0 0 6 0 0 4  ; England 2nd innings: 126-8  ; Olly Stone (0), Moeen Ali (10)

Kuldeep Yadav continues and Moeen Ali smashes a SIX and a FOUR in the over. 

IND vs ENG live score after 50 Overs: 116-8 | Axar scalps Root

Over Summary: 0 W 0 0 0 0  ; England 2nd innings: 116-8  ; Olly Stone (0), Moeen Ali (0)

Axar Patel continues and gets the prized wicket of Joe Root, whose resistance comes to an end after 92 balls. Olly Stone, right handed bat, comes to the crease and sees off the remaining deliveries.

IND vs ENG live score after 49 Overs: 116-7

Over Summary: 0 0 W 0 0 0  ; England 2nd innings: 116-7  ; Joe Root (33), Moeen Ali (0)

Kuldeep Yadav completes his over after LUNCH break as Moeen Ali sees off the remaining three deliveries.

IND vs ENG live score after 48.3 Overs: 116-7 at Lunch

England 2nd innings: 116-7  ; Joe Root (33))

Kuldeep Yada continues and Foakes blocks the first two ball with good footwork but sweeps the third ball straight to square leg, GONE. Foakes c Axar b Kuldeep Yadav 2(9)

AND IT IS LUNCH on DAY 4.

IND vs ENG live score after 48 Overs: 116-6

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0  ; England 2nd innings: 116-6  ; Joe Root (33), Ben Foakes (2)

Axar Patel continues and bowls a MAIDEN over to Joe Root.

IND vs ENG live score after 47 Overs: 116-6

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 1 2  ; England 2nd innings: 116-6  ; Joe Root (33), Ben Foakes (2)

Kuldeep Yadav continues and Root plays a reverse sweep, manages only a top edge, Siraj spills a DOLLY. 

Kuldeep concedes three runs, including a double.

IND vs ENG live score after 46 Overs: 113-6

Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 0 0  ; England 2nd innings: 113-6  ; Joe Root (32), Ben Foakes (0)

Axar Patel continues and concedes a single to Joe Root.

IND vs ENG live score after 45 Overs: 112-6

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 1 0  ; England 2nd innings: 112-6  ; Joe Root (31), Ben Foakes (0)

Kuldeep Yadav continues and concedes a single to Joe Root.

IND vs ENG live score after 44 Overs: 111-6 | Axar scalps Pope

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 W 1  ; England 2nd innings: 111-6  ; Joe Root (30), Ben Foakes (0)

Axar Patel [16.0-3-39-2] is back into the attack and Ollie Pope blocks the first four deliveries while tries to break the shackles by a slog sweep, manages only a top edge. GONE.  Ollie Pope c Ishant b Axar 12(20) [4s-1]

Ben Foakes, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Root nudges the last ball towards mid-wicket for a single.

IND vs ENG live score after 43 Overs: 110-5

Over Summary: 1 0 0 0 1 1  ; England 2nd innings: 110-5  ; Joe Root (29), Ollie Pope (12)

Kuldeep Yadav, left-arm chinaman, comes into the attack and concedes three singles.

IND vs ENG live score after 42 Overs: 107-5

Over Summary: 1 2 0 0 0 1  ; England 2nd innings: 107-5  ; Joe Root (28), Ollie Pope (10)

Ashwin continues and concedes four runs.

IND vs ENG live score after 41 Overs: 103-5

Over Summary: 4 0 2 0 0 0  ; England 2nd innings: 103-5  ; Joe Root (27), Ollie Pope (7)

Ishant Sharma continues and concedes six runs, including a boundary, to Ollie Pope.

IND vs ENG live score after 40 Overs: 97-5

Over Summary: 4 0 0 1 0 1  ; England 2nd innings: 97-5  ; Joe Root (27), Ollie Pope (1)

Ashwin continues and concedes six runs, including a boundary to Root.

IND vs ENG live score after 39 Overs: 91-5

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 L1  ; England 2nd innings: 91-5  ; Joe Root (22), Ollie Pope (0)

Ishant Sharma continues and concedes a leg byes. 

IND vs ENG live score after 38 Overs: 90-5 | Ashwin scalps Stokes

Over Summary: 1 0 0 0 0 W  ; England 2nd innings: 90-5  ; Joe Root (22), Ben Stokes (8)

Ashwin continues...

Root wrists the first ball towards deep mid-wicket for an easy single.

Stokes blocks the next four deliveries before getting an inside edge onto the pads, the ball lobs in the air and Kohli completes the catch at second slips. GONE. Stokes c Kohli b Ashwin 8(51)

Ollie Pope, right handed bat, comes to the crease

IND vs ENG live score after 37 Overs: 89-4

Over Summary: 1 0 0 0 0 0  ; England 2nd innings: 89-4  ; Joe Root (21), Ben Stokes (8)

Ishant Sharma continues and concedes a single to Root off the first delivery.

Ben Stokes sees off the remaining five deliveries. 

India vs England 2nd Test Day 4, session 1: DRINKS BREAK

Partnership: 22(65)
Last Wkt: Daniel Lawrence st Pant b Ashwin 26(53) - 66/4 in 25.1 ov.
Ovs Left: 73
Last 10 overs: 20 runs, 0 wkts

IND vs ENG live score after 36 Overs: 88-4

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0  ; England 2nd innings: 88-4  ; Joe Root (20), Ben Stokes (8)

Ashwin continues and bowls a MAIDEN over to Ben Stokes. 

IND vs ENG live score after 35 Overs: 88-4

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0  ; England 2nd innings: 88-4  ; Joe Root (20), Ben Stokes (8)

Ishant Sharma [2.0-1-6-0] is back into the attack and bowls a MAIDEN over to Joe Root.

IND vs ENG live score after 34 Overs: 88-4

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0  ; England 2nd innings: 88-4  ; Joe Root (20), Ben Stokes (8)

Ashwin continues and bowls a MAIDEN over to Stokes.

IND vs ENG live score after 33 Overs: 88-4

Over Summary: 4 0 0 1 1 0  ; England 2nd innings: 88-4  ; Joe Root (20), Ben Stokes (8)

Axar continues and Root smashes the first ball of the over for FOUR whuke blocks the next two.

Root and Stokes collects a single each to end the over.

IND vs ENG live score after 32 Overs: 82-4

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0  ; England 2nd innings: 82-4  ; Joe Root (15), Ben Stokes (7)

Ashwin continues and bowls a MAIDEN over to Ben Stokes.

IND vs ENG live score after 31 Overs: 82-4

Over Summary: 0 2 1 0 0 0  ; England 2nd innings: 82-4  ; Joe Root (15), Ben Stokes (7)

Axar continues and concedes three runs, including a double, to Ben Stokes.

IND vs ENG live score after 30 Overs: 79-4

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 1 0  ; England 2nd innings: 79-4  ; Joe Root (15), Ben Stokes (4)

Ashwin continues and concedes a single to Stokes.

IND vs ENG live score after 29 Overs: 78-4

Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 0 1  ; England 2nd innings: 78-4  ; Joe Root (15), Ben Stokes (3)

Axar continues and concedes a single each to both the batsmen.

IND vs ENG live score after 28 Overs: 76-4

Over Summary: 1 1 0 0 0 0  ; England 2nd innings: 76-4  ; Joe Root (14), Ben Stokes (2)

Ashwin continues and concedes a single each to both the batsmen.

IND vs ENG live score after 27 Overs: 74-4

Over Summary: 0 0 1 0 1 4  ; England 2nd innings: 74-4  ; Joe Root (13), Ben Stokes (1)

Axar continues and Root blocks the first two deliveries while collects a single off the third delivery.

Stokes pads the 4th delivery while collects a single off the 5th ball. Root smashes the last ball of the over for FOUR.

IND vs ENG live score after 26 Overs: 68-4 | Ashwin scalps Lawrence

Over Summary: W 0 0 0 B2 0  ; England 2nd innings: 68-4  ; Joe Root (8), Ben Stokes (0)

Ashwin [8.0-1-28-1] is back into the attack...

Lawrence dances down the track to smaller the spin but does not able to get an bat, gets beaten. Pant makes a brilliant effort to collect the ball and breaks the stumps in time, Lawrence STUMPED. Daniel Lawrence st Pant b Ashwin 26(53) [4s-2 6s-1]

Ben Stokes, left handed bat, comes to the crease and blocks first two deliveries he faced while gets beaten off an unplayable delivery but gets TWO BYES. 

IND vs ENG live score after 25 Overs: 66-3

Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 0 1  ; England 2nd innings: 66-3  ; Daniel Lawrence (26), Joe Root (8)

Axar Patel continues and concedes a single each to both the batsmen.

IND vs ENG live score after 24 Overs: 64-3

Over Summary: 0 0 1 0 1 1  ; England 2nd innings: 64-3  ; Daniel Lawrence (25), Joe Root (7)

Mohammed Siraj continues and concedes three singles in the over. There is also a loud appeal for LBW against Lawrence but umpire remains unmoved as there was an inside edge onto the pads. 

IND vs ENG live score after 23 Overs: 61-3

Over Summary: 2 0 1 0 0 1  ; England 2nd innings: 61-3  ; Daniel Lawrence (24), Joe Root (5)

Axar continues and concedes four runs, including a double to to Dan Lawrence.

IND vs ENG live score after 22 Overs: 57-3

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0  ; England 2nd innings: 57-3  ; Daniel Lawrence (21), Joe Root (4)

Mohammed Siraj continues and bowls a MAIDEN over to Joe Root.

IND vs ENG live score after 21 Overs: 57-3

Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 0 0  ; England 2nd innings: 57-3  ; Daniel Lawrence (21), Joe Root (4)

Axar Patel continues and Root defends the first three deliveries with confident footwork while tucks the 4th delivery towards leg side for a single.

Lawrence sees off the remaining two deliveries successfully.  

IND vs ENG live score after 20 Overs: 56-3

Over Summary: 0 0 1 0 0 2  ; England 2nd innings: 56-3  ; Daniel Lawrence (21), Joe Root (3)

Mohammed Siraj, right-arm medium fast, comes into the attack...

Siraj sprays the first ball down the leg side, Root fails to get any connection. Root blocks the next delivery while pulls the short delivery towards deep backward square leg.

Lawrence gets a thick outside edge towards deep backward point for a couple of runs.

IND vs ENG live updates

Mohammed Siraj bowls the first over of the Day.

IND vs ENG 2nd Test live updates: Day 4 pitch report

The top has basically gone, there are pebbles and dust along everywhere. No wonder's, Ashwin's hundred was a masterclass on how to play on such wickets There is plenty in this wicket for Axar Patel to exploit as well. If the ball lands on those areas, it will spin, it it does land on harder areas, it's going to slide - that's how much difficult batting will be against him', says Mark Butcher and Murali Kartik during pitch report on Day 4.


England misread pace of the Chennai wicket

The pitch at the MA Chidambaram Stadium has sharply divided opinions with some of the former English players and commentators calling it unplayable while others defending it, saying two centuries from India have shown that it wasn't so.
 
On Monday, the third day of the second Test, R Ashwin scored his fifth century on Monday using profusely the sweep shot, which Rohit Sharma also used score a century on the first day of the second Test.
 
Apart from the two centurions, India also saw three half-centuries -- Virat Kohli in second innings and Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant in first innings. In contrast, England have not been able to produce a single fifty as Indians have bowled the trajectory and lengths needed on this surface.
 
After the end of the third day's play, debutant left-arm spinner Axar Patel pointed out the way bowlers need to bowl on this surface that turned from the first session itself.
 
"You are getting help from this wicket. So you don't have to do much. You don't need to bowl variations. This is what I am doing. So, I try to bowl the ball in the right places and the wicket takes care of the rest," said Patel after picking two English wickets towards the end of the third day to put India in the driver's seat.
 

Ashwin gives credit to batting coach Rathour for his 106-run knock

After scoring his fifth Test century and lifting his side to the respectable total in the second innings, India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin credited batting coach Vikram Rathour for his success on the spin-heavy wicket and said "would love to credit him" for recent knocks in the red-ball cricket.
 
Ashwin was the show-stopper for India on the third day as he played a knock of 106 runs and then bagged a crucial wicket of opener Rory Burns (25). The hosts were bowled out for 286 in the final session of the day and set a target of 482 runs against visitors to take the 2-0 lead in the four-match series.
 
At stumps on day three, England's score read 53/3 with skipper Joe Root and Dan Lawrence still unbeaten on two and 19 runs respectively. Visitors still require 429 runs to win the game.
 
"I will sleep well through the night, that is all that I am thinking. Even after the last Test, we spoke about how we are going to counter Leach and probably bring sweep to the game. Last time, I was sweeping, I was 19 years old, I hit a bit of sweep shots well today. I am thankful the plan has paid off. Sort of had a very good day. I can't say it's been happening in the last three days, I have been practicisng with Vikram Rathore (batting coach), I would love to credit him with how my batting has come through over the last four- five matches," Ashwin told host broadcaster after the conclusion of play.
 

Stats Alert: Ashwin only behind Ian Bothom

R Ashwin scored 106 on Day 3 of the second Test in Chennai to follow his 5-wicket haul in England's first innings.
 
Having come in at 106-6, Ashwin and Virat Kohli (62) took India to 286 in the second innings, ensuring a 482-run targer for England, who were 53-3 at the close of play on Day 3.
 
Ashwin has scored a ton and taken a 5-wicket haul in the same Test thrice, behin only Ian Bothom (5 times) and ahead of Garry Sobers, Mushtaq Mohammad, Jacques Kallis and Shakib AL Hasan (twice each).
 

Ashwin can take 500 wickets in Test; Here's how

If India off-spinner R Ashwin ends up playing 100 Test matches -- the current Test is his 76th -- he might end up with over 500 wickets and become India's second highest wicket-taker in Test cricket behind leg-spinner Anil Kumble. And if the 34-year-old manages to play as many as 132 Tests that Anil Kumble played, there is every likelihood that he would end up as the highest wicket-taker for India.
 
At the moment, he is fourth in the list of top wicket-takers behind Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434)and Harbhajan Singh (417).
 
Ashwin picks wickets at over five a Test match which is much higher than Kumble's 4.68 and Harbhajan Singh's 3.95. Both Kumble (619) and Harbhajan (417) are India's two top wicket-takers but they both lag behind Ashwin when it comes to strike rate as well as average.
 
The current India off-spinner's strike rate of 53.6 and average of 25.27 is much better than those of Kumble (SR: 65.9; Avg: 29.65) and Harbhajan (SR: 68.5; Avg: 32.46).
 
There can be debate on the quality of batsmen or the pitches he has bowled on as compared to the other two with experts having differing views but the fact that he is going to be an all-time great bowler for India is never in doubt.
 

ICC World Test Championship

The rules further state the conditions that make the pitch poor and one of the conditions is about assistance to spin bowlers from early on. "The pitch offers excessive assistance to spin bowlers, especially early in the match."
 
The wicket for the second wicket started helping spinners from the first session of the first day and it remains to be seen how match referee Javagal Srinath will write on it.
 
India are currently placed fourth on the WTC table at the moment and need to win the series 2-1 or 3-1 to play New Zealand, who have already qualified, in the final in June at Lord's, London, in England.
 
India had 430 points in 14 Tests and 68.3 percentage of points ahead of the second Test.
 

India on a brink to lose three ICC WTC points: Here's why

With the MA Chidambaram Stadium pitch for the second Test helping spin bowlers from the first session of the first Test, there have been calls to dock India points in the World Test Championship (WTC) table for producing a below-par surface even as Virat Kohli's boys are fighting to qualify for the WTC final.
 
The International Cricket Council (ICC) rules say that if a pitch is rated poor then the home team would be docked three points.
 
"A poor pitch is one that does not even allow an even contest between bat and ball, either by favouring batters too much, and not giving the bowlers (seam and spin) from either side sufficient opportunity to take wickets, or by favouring the bowlers too much (seam or spin), and not giving the batters from either team the opportunity to make runs," states the rules leading to the docking of points.
 

India vs England 2nd Test Day 3 highlights

Ravichandran Ashwin's scintillating century and early wickets helped India to dominate on day three of the second Test against England after setting a 482 target at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Monday.
 
Ashwin played a knock of 106 runs before the hosts were bowled out for 286 in the final session of the day and set a target of 482 runs against visitors to take the 2-0 lead in the four-match series.
 
At stumps on day three, England's score read 53/3 with skipper Joe Root and Dan Lawrence still unbeaten on two and 19 runs respectively. Visitors still require 429 runs to win the game.
 
Axar Patel bagged two scalps while Ashwin clinched one wicket in the second innings.
 
Openers Dom Sibley (3) and Rory Burns (25) failed to provide a solid stand for the visitors and were picked by Patel and Ashwin respectively.
 
After losing openers early, England sent Jack Leach as nightwatchman but that move also did not work for the visitors. Leach was sent back to the pavilion on a single ball duck by Patel. Root and Lawrence played cautiously and made sure that the side did not suffer any hiccup on the day.
 
In the final session, 31.5 overs were bowled as both the teams together scored 118 runs with a loss of five wickets.
 
Earlier, Ishant Sharma departed after scoring seven runs when India's score read 237 but Ashwin formed a crucial 49-run stand with Mohammed Siraj and the duo took the hosts' score to 286 and the lead was extended to 481 runs.
 
At the tea break on day three, India's score read 221/8, with Ashwin and Ishant on the field. The hosts currently enjoy a lead of 416 runs.
 
Resuming day three from 54/1, India got off to the worst possible start as the hosts lost both Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara in the first 15 minutes. While Pujara lost the grip on his bat and failed to ground it on time, Rohit got stumped off Leach's ball courtesy of some quick glove work by Foakes. Pant was sent up the order after the fall of two wickets but he too failed to leave a mark. Foakes stumped Pant as Leach scalped his second for the day.
 

India vs England 2nd Test Day 4 live updates

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