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Liam Dawson 50 on debut, record eighth-wicket stand propel England vs India

Liam Dawson and Adil Rashid smashed fifties and shared a record eighth-wicket stand for England in Tests against India as they continued to dominate in Chennai.

cricket Updated: Dec 17, 2016 15:30 IST
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Hindustan Times
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Liam Dawson scored his maiden fifty and shared a record 108-run stand for the eighth wicket with Adil Rashid to boost England in the Chennai Test against India.(BCCI)

England’s eighth wicket pair of Adil Rashid and debutant Liam Dawson bettered a record standing since their first tour of India in 1933/34 as Indian bowlers toiled on a flat pitch in the final Test on Saturday. (UPDATES)

The visitors were 477 all out into the eighth over after tea on Day 2, scoring their third total of 400 or more in the series. Stuart Broad was run out for 19 before last man Jake Ball was bowled by Amit Mishra for the leg-spinner’s only wicket. (SCORECARD)

England added 100 runs in the afternoon session for the loss of one wicket as the hosts, 3-0 up in the series, were reduced to playing the waiting game.

Debutant Liam Dawson was unbeaten on 66 after raising a century stand with Adil Rashid (60) to ensure England made full use of batting first on a good pitch.

England were 452 for eight after Rashid’s dismissal for 60, his second fifty. Debutant Liam Dawson was unbeaten on 55 with Stuart Broad 17 not out.

Rashid’s 108-run partnership with Dawson bettered England’s previous best eighth-wicket stand in India of 97 by Douglas Jardine and Hedley Verity, which they achieved on their first-ever tour in 1933/34 at Chennai.

Rashid and Dawson batted fluently, picking up from where centurion Moeen Ali had left off, attacking spinners on a pitch which played true. Umesh Yadav, who bowled consistently fast, eventually had him caught behind slashing at a delivery outside off-stump.

Ravichandran Ashwin, the leading wickettaker in the series, struggled to pick wickets on an unhelpful home pitch. His figures read 41-2-132-1.

Moeen Ali was dismissed for 146, his second highest Test score, before lunch as India’s bowlers made a strong comeback on the second morning.

The left-handed batsman, whose unbeaten 120 overnight had helped England enjoy a rare good day in the series they trail 3-0, was peppered with a series of short deliveries by Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav.

He finally succumbed to the tactic, holing out to Ravindra Jadeja at square leg to an Umesh Yadav short delivery. He hit 13 fours and a straight six off Ravichandran Ashwin in his 262-ball knock spanning just over six hours.

England added 68 runs for three wickets in the first session.

Ashwin, the leading wickettaker in the series who had a rare off day on Friday, struck with the fifth delivery of the day when he had all-rounder Ben Stokes caught behind. It was the fifth time in the series that Ashwin has removed Stokes.

Ishant, who bowled consistently in the right areas and at good pace in his first Test since the West Indies tour, trapped Jos Buttler (5) with a straight delivery.

He then struck debutant Dawson flush on the helmet off the second delivery he faced in Test cricket, after the batsman failed to sway out of the way. The England physio attended to him, but the right-hander continued without any problem.

Moeen Ali and Joe Root had led England’s strong start on the opening day, raising a 146-run third-wicket partnership after being reduced to 21 for two. Root, the England vice-captain, was caught behind off Ravindra Jadeja trying to sweep for 88, dashing his hopes of scoring a deserved century.

First Published: Dec 17, 2016 14:45 IST