Ravindra Jadeja’s triple strike raises India victory hopes in Chennai Test
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja triggered a familar England batting collapse as India kept victory hopes alive going into the final session of the fifth Test on Tuesday.cricket Updated: Dec 20, 2016 14:34 IST
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja triggered a familiar England batting collapse as India kept victory hopes alive going into the final session of the fifth Test on Tuesday. (LIVE BLOG)
Jadeja captured England skipper Alastair Cook for the sixth time in the series as the visitors’ top-order batsmen caved in, losing four wickets for 26 runs after being 95 for no loss at lunch with match headed for a draw. (LIVE SCORECARD)
However, Moeen Ali, the first-innings centurion, who was on 32, and all-rounder Ben Stokes (13 not out) took England to 167 for four at tea, denying India further success by holding out for 12.4 overs.
With India’s main bowling weapon Ravichandran Ashwin not clicking on a flat pitch on his home ground, India were handicapped in their push to achieve only their 4-0 series victory ever.
Cook, dropped on four off Ashwin on the final morning, took the opening partnership with fellow left-arm spinner Keaton Jennings to 103 runs when he fell for 49.
The England skipper guided a lazy glance against Jadeja to KL Rahul at leg slip. Jadeja dismissed Cook for the sixth time in the series, adding to the misery of the batsman, who is under pressure to quit as skipper.
The MA Chidambaram Stadium pitch held no terror for the batsmen, but an England team demoralised by Karun Nair hammering a triple century on Day 4 seemed to have little fight left.
Jadeja’s ploy to bowl full and quick paid more dividends when Jennings, in an ungainly attempt to get to the pitch off the ball, gave a tame return catch. The batsman, who hit a century on debut in the third Test in Mumbai, made 54.
The left-arm spinner had the prize scalp of Joe Root (6) next after he was beaten attempting to sweep. Umpire Simon Fry turned down the leg before appeal, but skipper Virat Kohli’s review proved successful.
Ishant Sharma, doing a splendid holding job at the other end then removed the in-form Jonny Bairstow. Though Ishant bowled superbly, the batsman threw it away.
The England No 5 lofted over midwicket, but Jadeja sprinted backwards for over 20 metres and completed a superbly judged catch.
Ashwin, who managed just one wicket in the first innings and is two short of the 250-wicket mark, didn’t find success in the afternoon.
Karun Nair’s sensational, unbeaten 303 had powered India to a record 759/7 declared on Day 4, in reply to England’s 477 all out.
India lead the five-Test series 3-0.
First Published: Dec 20, 2016 14:34 IST