TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: India’s Ravichandran Ashwin completes historic 100 and five-for… and Stuart Broad goes wicketless for only THIRD time in 145 England tests
- India steamed further away from England on the second Test’s third day
- Ashwin scored a hundred and took a five-for in the same Test for the third time
- Only legendary Englishman Sir Ian Botham has achieved that feat more times
- Stuart Broad went wicketless after bowling in both innings for only the third time
India put England all-but out of sight on day three of the second test in Chennai, with Ravichandran Ashwin the driving force on an unforgettable day for the all-rounder.
Ashwin hit 106 on home turf before taking Burns for 25, as England were left at a dicey 53 for three in their chase of a mammoth 481.
Dom Sibley and Burns and Jack Leach all went before close of play after the visitors were held up by Virat Kohli and Ashwin’s parternship – with Stuart Broad going wicketless.
Ravichandran Ashwin enjoyed an unforgettable day, hitting 106 and taking Rory Burns
England were held-up by Virat Kohli and Ashwin’s partnership, with Stuart Broad wicketless
This is the third time Ravichandran Ashwin has scored a hundred and taken a five-for in the same Test, giving him sole possession of second place on that list behind only Sir Ian Botham.
Ashwin is the first player to manage this feat against England for 54 years, since Sir Garry Sobers for the West Indies at Headingley in 1966.
The 34-year-old averages 39.2 with the bat in Tests against England, compared to 21.3 against all other nations. Only against the West Indies does he average more – a staggering 50.2 in 11 Tests with four hundreds.
Ashwin had a stunning day on his home ground, giving England a huge mountain to climb
ASHWIN IN THE RECORD BOOKS
100 and five -for in same Test:
Botham (Eng) 5 times
R ASHWIN (Ind) 3
S Al Hasan (Ban) 2
J Kallis (SA) 2
M Mohammad (Pak) 2
G Sobers (WI) 2
Ashwin is one of only five players with at least 300 Test wickets and five centuries:
PLAYER WKTS 100s:
K Dev (Ind) 434 8
R ASHWIN (Ind) 392 5
I Botham (Eng) 383 14
I Khan (Pak) 362 6
D Vettori (NZ) 362 6
MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB
England were set 482 to win, in a country where visiting teams have successfully chased 200 or more just twice.
Away sides have lost 32 and drawn 31 of the previous 65 instances, with the only successes being the West Indies knocking off 276 at Delhi in 1987 and Tony Lewis’ England chasing 207 at the same ground in 1972.
Dom Sibley was among three to walk before close of play, with England needing a huge 482
BROAD EMPTY HANDED
This was only the third time in his 145 Tests that Stuart Broad has bowled in both innings and gone wicketless, with no scalps in 20 overs across both digs here.
The previous occasions were 14 fruitless overs in a 42-run win over Sri Lanka at Colombo in 2018, and 24 overs without success in a six-wicket victory over New Zealand at Old Trafford in 2008.
After his two-ball duck in the first innings, Broad could become only the seventh Englishman to go wicketless and runless after batting and bowling in both innings of a Test, while also taking no catches in the field.
He would be the first since Steven Finn at Dhaka in 2016, when England suffered their only Test defeat to Bangladesh.
Finn bowled 11 wicketless overs in that match and faced 12 balls with the bat for a pair.
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