In the second session on day two of the Test match at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, India made a strong comeback against England. A double-strike from Jasprit Bumrah, along with Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel picking a wicket each, helped India regain control.
At tea, England was 155/4 in 33 overs, trailing India by 241 runs. The session saw birthday boy Zak Crawley getting a life at 18 when Shubman Gill couldn't hold on to a chance at short mid-wicket. Crawley played aggressively, taking boundaries off Bumrah and even scoring a boundary off Ashwin.
However, Kuldeep Yadav got a crucial wicket when Ben Duckett attempted to defend, and the ball was caught by silly point. Ollie Pope survived an early scare when KS Bharat missed a stumping chance. Crawley continued his aggressive approach, reaching his fifty in just 52 balls.
Crawley's innings came to an end on 78 as he attempted to take on a delivery from Axar Patel, resulting in a leading edge caught by backward point. Jasprit Bumrah struck twice, dismissing Joe Root, who edged to first slip, and removing Pope with a pacy inswinging yorker.
Jonny Bairstow looked fluent in his 24 not out, particularly in cutting spinners for boundaries. Ben Stokes, at five not out, finished the session with a slog-sweep off Kuldeep for four.
India, with a first-innings total of 396, currently holds the advantage, while England is looking to build a solid partnership in the remaining sessions of play.
(With Agency Inputs)