Ravichandran Ashwin hit 106 and took a key wicket on Monday to edge India nearer to victory within the second Test towards England, who face a frightening goal of 482 to win. The vacationers, who lead the four-match sequence 1-0, had been struggling at 53 for 3 at stumps on the third day in Chennai. Dan Lawrence, on 19, and skipper Joe Root, on two, will resume batting Tuesday on the turning pitch. Left-arm spinner Axar Patel took two wickets together with Dom Sibley, for 3, and Jack Leach, who was despatched in as nightwatchman, for nought.
Following up on his 5 wickets within the first innings, Ashwin bought Rory Burns caught at slip for 25 to take his match tally to 6.
Ashwin scored his fifth Test century and first towards England earlier than India had been bowled out for 286 within the remaining session.
Spinners Moeen Ali and Jack Leach claimed 4 wickets every.
England have been battling to keep away from defeat since a primary innings collapse on the second day, and must mount a file run chase to safe a miracle victory.
The Chennai-born Ashwin survived reprieves on 28, 56 and 70 runs.
He then bought to his hundred with an edge to the boundary, which was met by loud cheers from the house crowd.
He placed on a 96-run seventh-wicket stand with skipper Virat Kohli, who made 62 earlier than falling to Ali’s off spin.
Ashwin bought assist from quantity 11 Mohammed Siraj to get to his century as they placed on 49 runs for the ultimate wicket. Olly Stone bowled Ashwin to finish India’s innings.
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