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10.25am: Burns singed
Test wicket No. 301 for Ishant Sharma. England’s batsmen have probably spent the last 24 hours wondering how they are going to cope with India’s spinners, but just like yesterday there’s an early wicket for pace as Rory Burns misses a straight one from Ishant for his second duck in a row. Just clipping leg stump – umpire’s call – on review, but that’s the perfect start for the home side, after posting a solid total. England 0 for 1, and they haven’t faced a ball from Ashwin, Patel and Yadav yet…
10.10am: That’s yer lot
Two in three balls once again, and England have managed to sneak out of this morning without taking too much damage. Olly Stone continued a fine return to Test cricket by removing Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Siraj, both caught behind, and that means Pant was left stranded on 58 not out. He scored 25 of the 29 runs India added to their total this morning, and was good for tonking a few more if he could just find someone to hang around at the other end (admittedly easier said than done on this surface).
9.50am: More Pant pongo
It’s been the start we envisaged from Rishabh Pant, and he’s quickly raised a half-century – his fourth in home Tests. His sequence of balls faced this morning went like this: 1-dot-dot-6-1-4-4-dot-1, that last single taking him to 50. Not Jack Leach taking tap this time, with Joe Root bowling himself alongside Moeen, who has continued to serve up full tosses in the face of Pant’s onslaught. These could all be vital runs.
On the plus side for England, they’ve still to concede an extra in this innings – is Ben Foakes going to keep a clean sheet, just as he did on debut in Galle a couple of winters ago? They’re closing in on the record in Tests, too.
There are mongooses watching this (they rarely watch when cricket is behind a paywall) shaking their head and whispering in awe, ‘that Ben Foakes… he’s quick!’
— George Dobell (@GeorgeDobell1) February 14, 2021
9.40am: Moeen gets going
Two wickets in three balls for Moeen Ali, bowling just the second over of the morning, have got England smiling. Although Moeen’s grin was slightly sheepish after a full toss did for Ishant Sharma. The other man to go was Axar Patel, who overbalanced and was smartly stumped by Ben Foakes as the pitch again demonstrated its spinning nature. Pant has so far faced one ball, scored one single, and lost two partners.
9.30am: How good was Rohit?
Just to reflect a little longer on the performance that may have set the course of this match, Rohit Sharma’s fabulous innings meant his home average now sits at 83.55 – second only to the Don. Okay, you might quibble that his away record (average: 27.00) could do with improving, but there’s not many that could have played the innings he did on Saturday. Never mind Bradman, it was right in the Sehwag bracket. In these conditions, you can’t get much higher praise.
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 14, 2021
Morning and welcome back. Hands up who likes it spicy? India looked to have got themselves into a good position at the end of day one thanks to a Rohit Sharma masterclass, and they’ll hope to add a few more this morning before it’s England turn to tango on this dancing Chepauk deck. The suspicion is that 300-plus could already be a defining total, but Rishabh Pant won’t want to stop there – and if the pitch continues to snap, crackle and pop, it should be plenty fun to watch. Buckle up.
Alan Gardner is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo. @alanroderick
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