India vs England: Chepauk pitch is a ‘shocker’, not a Test match wicket, says Michael Vaughan | Cricket News


2021-02-14 08:58:44

NEW DELHI: Former England skipper Michael Vaughan on Sunday termed the second Test pitch as a ‘shocker’ and added that it is not a wicket for a five-day match.
Vaughan’s comment came after the wicket aided spinners much more on the second day of the ongoing second Test between India and England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
A total of 15 wickets fell on Day 2 out of which 10 were taken by the spinners.
Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel wreaked havoc, sharing seven wickets between them as England bundled out for a paltry 134 in their first innings, giving away India a 195-run lead.
Taking to Twitter Vaughan wrote, “It’s entertaining cricket as things are happening all the time but let’s be honest this Pitch is a shocker .. Not making any excuses as India have been better but this isn’t a Test Match 5 day prepared Pitch … #INDvENG.”

The tweet led to a social media banter between Vaughan and Australia’s Shane Warne, where the spin legend came out in defence of the pitch saying that the pitch turned from Ball 1 of the Test and England should have bowled India out for 220.

While Ashwin got the wickets of Dom Sibley, Daniel Lawrence, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone and Stuart Broad, Axar got rid of England skipper Joe Root and Moeen Ali on Day 2. The remaining three wickets were bagged by the pacers Ishant Sharma (2) and Mohd. Siraj (1).
At stumps, India were 54/1 with Rohit Sharma (25*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (7*) at the crease. The hosts lost opener Shubman Gill for 14 but extended their lead to 249.
Earlier, In their first innings, India were bundled out for 329, early on Day 2.
Rishabh Pant’s remained unbeaten on 58 as India lost their remaining four wickets for just 29 runs and inside 30 minutes into Day 2.





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