R Ashwin came up with a scintillating hundred after thumping England with his 29th five-wicket haul to jolt the visitors further in the ongoing second Test in Chennai. The seasoned off-spinner had a special moment on the third day of the game when he slammed a fifth Test hundred in front of his home crowd at Chepauk.
At a time when India was struggling to withstand England's spin attack, the local hero came up with a crucial knock. For the seventh wicket, Ashwin stitched up a valuable 96-run partnership with captain Virat Kohli. He went on to score 106 runs off 148 balls, setting the hosts a massive 482-run target to chase on the spinning wicket.
India fielding coach R Sridhar praised the all-around success of Ashwin and called him a legend of the modern-day.
Furthermore, Coach Sridhar added that Kohli, who scored 62 runs, given a master class on how to create an innings on a turning pitch.
@imVkohli quietly gave a master class at the other end on how to create an Innings on a turning pitch. Sridhar added, #Moderndaymaster #INDvsENG.
Ashwin said after the end of the third day of the match, "I'm going to sleep well through the night, that's all I'm thinking about." We've thought about how we're going to counter Leach even after the last test, and potentially carry the sweep into the game. I was 19 years old the last time I was sweeping, and I hit some sweeping shots well today. I'm glad that the experiment has paid off. Had a really nice day, kind of.
At stumps on day three, with skipper Joe Root and Dan Lawrence unbeaten on two and 19 runs respectively, England's score read 53/3. In order to win the game, guests still need 429 runs.
In the second innings, Axar Patel bagged two wickets while Ashwin clinched a wicket. Openers Dom Sibley (3) and Rory Burns (25) struggled to provide the visitors with a strong stand and were respectively picked up by Patel and Ashwin.
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