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CHENNAI: India built a commanding lead of 249 after spinner Ravichandran Ashwin helped skittle England for 134 on day two of the second Test on Sunday.

The hosts were 54 for one at stumps in Chennai with Rohit Sharma on 25 and Cheteshwar Pujara on seven.

India are in sight of a victory that would level the four-match series after their crushing defeat in the opening Test.

Sharma, who hit 161 in India’s first innings, survived a stumping chance on 20 when England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes failed to gather the ball to his left off Moeen Ali.

Jack Leach trapped Shubman Gill leg before for 14 with his left-arm spin and the opener walked back after an unsuccessful TV review.

Ashwin had earlier claimed five wickets as England collapsed in response to India’s 329, conceding a lead of 195.

England assistant coach Graham Thorpe said it was one of the most difficult batting pitches he had seen.

“The guys have plans but they didn’t happen today for us,” said Thorpe.

But Ashwin said batsmen have to adapt on a spinners’ pitch like they do on tracks that favour fast bowlers.

“It’s about being very patient (on a turning track) like you play on a seaming wicket. You need to really tide through the early phase and then start putting runs on the board,” he said.

It was the veteran off-spinner’s second successive five-wicket haul and his 29th in 76 Tests. Left-arm spinner Axar Patel and fast bowler Ishant Sharma took two wickets each. England’s Foakes made an unbeaten on 42 off 107 balls.

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Scoreboard
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India 1st innings (overnight 300-6, Pant 33, Patel 5)
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R. Sharma c Ali b Leach                           161
S. Gill lbw Stone                                   0
C. Pujara c Stokes b Leach                         21
V. Kohli b Ali                                      0
A. Rahane b Ali                                    67
R. Pant not out                                    58
R. Ashwin c Pope b Root                            13
A. Patel st Foakes b Ali                            5
I. Sharma c Burns b Ali                             0
K. Yadav c Foakes b Stone                           0
M. Siraj c Foakes b Stone                           4
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Extras:                                             0
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Total: (95.5 overs, all out)                      329
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Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Gill), 2-85 (Pujara), 3-86 (Kohli), 4-248 (R. Sharma), 5-249 (Rahane), 6-284 (Ashwin), 7-301 (Patel), 8-301 (I. Sharma), 9-325 (Yadav), 10-329 (Siraj)

Bowling: Broad 11-2-37-0, Stone 15.5-5-47-3, Leach 27-3-78-2, Stokes 2-0-16-0, Ali 29-3-128-4, Root 11-3-23-1

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England 1st innings
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R. Burns lbw I. Sharma                              0
D. Sibley c Kohli b Ashwin                         16
D. Lawrence c Gill b Ashwin                         9
J. Root c Ashwin b Patel                            6
B. Stokes b Ashwin                                 18
O. Pope c Pant b Siraj                             22
B. Foakes not out                                  42
M. Ali c Rahane b Patel                             6
O. Stone c R. Sharma b Ashwin                       1
J. Leach c Pant b I. Sharma                         5
S. Broad b Ashwin                                   0
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Extras: (b4, lb4, nb1)                              9
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Total: (59.5, all out)                            134
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Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Burns), 2-16 (Sibley), 3-23 (Root), 4-39 (Lawrence), 5-52 (Stokes), 6-87 (Pope), 7-105 (Ali), 8-106 (Stone), 9-131 (Sharma), 10-134 (Broad)

Bowling: Sharma 5-1-22-2, Ashwin 23.5-4-43-5 (nb1), Patel 20-3-40-2, Yadav 6-1-16-0, Siraj 5-4-5-1

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India 2nd innings
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R. Sharma not out                                  25
S. Gill lbw b Leach                                14
C. Pujara not out                                   7
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Extras: (b5, lb3)                                   8
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Total: (18 overs, 1 wkt)                           54
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Fall of wicket: 1-42 (Gill)

To bat: V. Kohli (c), A. Rahane, R. Pant, A. Patel, R. Ashwin, K. Yadav, I. Sharma, M. Siraj

Bowling: Stone 2-0-8-0, Leach 9-2-19-1, Ali 7-2-19-0

Toss: India

Umpires: Nitin Menon (IND), Virender Sharma (IND)

TV Umpire: Anil Chaudhary (IND)

Match Referee: Javagal Srinath (IND).—AFP

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