Rashid, Dawson give England the upper hand

A 108-run partnership between Adil Rashid (60 off 155 balls) and Liam Dawson (66* off 148 balls) for the eighth wicket helped England call the shots on the second day as the Lions scored 477 in their first innings of the fifth Test at the M A Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday.
Rashid, Dawson give England the upper hand
Liam Dawson in action (Photo: Justin George)


At stumps, India negotiated 20 overs to finish the day at 60 for no loss with K L Rahul (30 off 68 balls) and Parthiv Patel (28 off 52 balls) holding fort. Murali Vijay couldn’t come out to bat as he injured his shoulder while fielding at the point region before tea.
The openers negated any threat from the England bowlers and entertained the holiday crowd, who cheered for every run, as the England bowlers couldn’t taste any success in the 20 overs they bowled. India will open the third day trailing by 417 runs.
India started the second day on an impressive note and it looked like the first day’s script was changed when Ravichandran Ashwin sent Ben Stokes back in the fifth ball of the day. The off-spinner made Stokes reach for the ball and induced a faint nick for Parthiv Patel to complete a regulation catch.
Five overs later, Ishant Sharma bowled full and the ball thudded onto Jos Buttler’s pads and the umpire had to give one the easiest of decisions of his career.
Overnight centurion Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid negotiated the first hour without any further hiccup as England managed 35 runs in 13 overs.
Moeen looked a shadow of himself as the Indian bowlers restored to attack the southpaw with relentless short balls. Moeen tried to pick it up twice off Ishant, both landed short of fielders near the ropes and in an attempt to flick one off Umesh Yadav, Moeen got the ball to land on his chest. The next one was nastier as the ball almost broke his armpit.
The centurion lost his way against Umesh and ended sking a ball to Ravindra Jadeja at the backward square leg boundary and Moeen’s vigil ended at 146, an innings that consumed 262 balls with 13 fours and one six.
Just when it looked like India were pulling the plugs on England’s plans by taking three wickets for 37 runs, Adil Rashid and debutant Liam Dawson started dictating the terms. Rashid, who was struck on the pads off the first ball he faced, scored at a snail’s pace, scoring nine runs in 58 balls, while Dawson started on an aggressive note. Dawson was hit on the helmet in the second ball he faced in international cricket but that didn’t deter the 26-year-old to flex his muscles at any half chances.
After lunch, it was Rashid who scored freely and was harsh on leg-spinner Amit Mishra launching him to the midwicket fence twice in as many overs as England crossed the 400-run mark.
Both the batsmen continued to make merry and brought out a wide display of stroke play to enthral England’s fans. Rashid got to his 50 first but soon perished, minutes before tea, while trying to punch Umesh behind point only to nick the ball to Parthiv.
The second session belonged to England, at 452 for eight, as they managed to score 100 runs in 32 overs with the loss of one wicket.
India came with a reworked plan after tea and skittled the opposition out for 477, with the Lions managing 25 more runs while Dawson remained unconquered on 66. 

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