R Ashwin becomes 1st bowler to dismiss 200 left-handed batsmen in Tests

Written by Rohit Pawar

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin became the first bowler to dismiss 200 left-handed batsmen in Test cricket when he dismissed Stuart Broad for a duck to help India bowl out England for 134 in the ongoing 2nd Test.

Ashwin sent back Dom Sibley, Daniel Lawrence, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone and Stuart Broad to finish with 5 wickets for 43 runs as India took a 195-run lead over England after the first innings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Ben Foakes, playing his first match of the four-Test series, top-scored for the tourists with an unbeaten 42, while Ollie Pope made 22.

Ashwin also went past Harbhajan Singh (265) on the list of most wickets on home soil. Ashwin now has 267 wickets from 45 matches at 22.69 with 23 five-fors and 6 10-wicket hauls. This was also Ashwin’s 29th five-wicket haul in 76 Tests, making him the joint-seventh in the all-time list with Glenn McGrath.

Ashwin also went past James Anderson with his 23rd five-wicket haul in 45 home Tests. Notably, Anderson has grabbed 22 five-wicket hauls in 89 home Tests. Only Muttiah Muralitharan (45), Rangna Herath (26) and Anil Kumble (25) have taken more five-fors at home.

Earlier, India were bowled out for 329 in the morning session on Day 2 of the second Test with Rohit Sharma (161) top-scoring for the hosts in their first innings while Ajinkya Rahane (67) and Rishabh Pant (58*) struck half-centuries. Moeen Ali was the pick of the England bowlers, claiming 4-128, while Olly Stone returned 3-47 at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium.

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