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English bowlers break a 66-year-old record against India

February 15, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

The English bowlers produced an outstanding effort to break a 66-year-old record during the second Test against India in Chennai. On Day Two, the visitors bundled India out on 329 in the first session of the day. With this, England engraved their name in an incredible record. The English team now holds the record for most runs conceded in a single innings without bowling any extra. Surprisingly, India previously held the record, conceding 328 runs against Pakistan without giving away any extra in the innings, back in 1954-55.

Before that, England held the feat on two different occasions. During the summer of 1960, England conceded 247 runs against South Africa in Nottingham without giving a single extra. Also, England had set the primary record against South Africa way back in 1930-31 in Durban. The South African team scored 252 runs without getting any extra from their opponents.

Team India bundled out for 329, England struggle in response

England bowled 95.5 overs without bowling a single extra during the first innings of the second Test against India in Chennai. The visitors initiated the second day of the ongoing Test requiring quick wickets, and that is exactly what they did. Moeen Ali picked up two scalps in the first innings of the day, while Olly Stone dismissed Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Siraj in his first six deliveries. It ensured that the hosts did not get close to the 350-run mark. India’s innings concluded at 329, which is now the highest total ever conceded by a team without giving a single extra.  

Rohit Sharma scored an astonishing 161 at the top of the order (18 fours and two sixes). Apart from Rohit Sharma, two other batsmen scored half-centuries: Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant. Rahane scored a classy 67 runs off 149 deliveries while Pant scored unbeaten 58 off 77 deliveries at a strike rate of 75.32. For the visitors, Moeen Ali was the pick of the bowlers. The right-arm off-spinner picked up four wickets in 29 overs, giving away 128 runs. He also grabbed two crucial wickets from Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. India bounced back more vigorous with the ball and reduced England to 39/4 at Lunch on Day 2, with Ravichandran Ashwin scalping two wickets.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth