Former cricketer and Indian team director Ravi Shastri on Friday opined that the hosts could taste victory on day 3 of the ongoing second Test match against England at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.
“Team India can register an emphatic victory if they bowl out England early on day 3 and enforce a follow-on,” Shastri said while expressing his views on the second day of play. He was participating in India TV’s special show ‘Cricket Ki Baat’.
The former opening batsman also heaped praise on debutant Jayant Yadav for his vital contribution both with the bat and ball.
“I am impressed with debutant with the way he showed commitment with the bat and later with the ball ,” Shastri said.
Resuming the day at 317/4, India were bowled out for 455 an hour into the second session of play.
Ashwin, who registered his 8th Test half century, added 64 vital runs with debutant offie Jayant Yadav (35) for the eighth wicket to take India to 415/7.
Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli, who displayed superb performance with the bat, missed out on his double century after he was caught out by Ben Stokes. His 167-run knock Virat included 18 boundaries.
Apart from Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara was the another high run-getter with 119.
Starting the chase post lunch, only Joe Root (53) offered some resistance but the Indian bowling attack, spearheaded by off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (2-20), had the visitors on the mat.
England were struggling at 103 five when umpire called stumps.
For India, apart from Ashwin, Jayant Yadav and Mohammed Shami took one wicket each.
For England, comeback man James Anderson and Ali were the pick of the bowlers with three wickets each while Rashid took two. Pacers Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes chipped in with one wicket apiece.