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India v England, Day 2 at Vizag: India continue to capitalize

Here is our wrap-up of the second day of the India v England Vizag test.

Diverting from Rajkot

After Day 1, the match was set up in a nearly identical fashion to the 1st Test at Rajkot. A mere 24-hours later, things are wildly different; the side batting first was dismissed for 82 fewer runs, and the side batting second lost 5 more wickets. The Vizag pitch, as expected, is getting tougher to bat on, unlike Rajkot which remained flat.

The Ashwin Factor

Ashwin picked up his second 50 of the series, quieting some naysayers who felt he didn’t belong at #6, and more importantly picked up 2-20 in his 13 overs. Success for Moeen and Rashid around lunch, and Ashwin after tea, means there will be more for the spinners in days 3, 4 and 5.

A 3rd Spinner who can bat?

India’s 2 lead spinners in tests for a few years now have been Ashwin, who bats at 6 and has 4 test centuries, and Jadeja, who bats at 8 and has a first class average over 43 including 3 first class triple centuries. In giving Jayant Yadav his test cap, India might have just found a 3rd spinner who can bat too, he came in at #9 and added a useful 35 before perishing on a crumbling track.

Ben Duckett

In our match preview, we mentioned that Duckett needed to pull his weight in this test. England’s #4 has managed scores of 14, 15, 7, 56, 13 and 5 in his last 6 test innings, all in the sub-continent, which is just not good enough. By contrast, India’s #4 (Kohli) has a list of last 6 test scores that reads 45, 211, 17, 40, 49*, 167. Unless something spectacular happens in the 2nd innings, expect Duckett to make way for Buttler or maybe even Ballance for the 3rd test.

DRS, DRS, DRS

The biggest talking point ahead of this series was India’s first real test with DRS; thus far it has certainly been an active participant, but we’re hard pressed to say whether overall it has helped or hurt India. Saha reviewed his LBW call incorrectly, Jadeja failed to review his dismissal – and replays showed he would have gotten a reprieve. However, the debutant Jayant Yadav used the system to perfection, reviewing Dharmasena’s not out decision of Moeen, which DRS quickly overturned, sending one of Rajkot’s centurions back to the pavilion.

Verdict

At the end of the second day the India v England test at Vizag, India will be the much happier side. The pitch has already begun to show signs of breaking up, and as Pujara mentioned, India’s goal will be to not bat again.

They picked up the first 5 wickets for 80, they need the next 5 for less than 152 on Day 3 to enable a follow-on. Bairstow and Stokes will need to build a magical partnership.

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