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2nd Test R Ashwin continues to hurt Ben Stokes England all rounder joins David Warner in unwanted list

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India vs England, 2nd Test: Ben Stokes struggled to put bat to ball against R Ashwin as the England all-rounder was dismissed by the India off-spinner in both the innings in Chennai.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ben Stokes has been dismissed by R Ashwin 10 times in Test cricket
  • Stokes joins David Warner at the top of R Ashwin’s Test victims list
  • Ashwin has picked up 8 wickets so far in the 2nd Test to go with 2nd innings hundred

RAshwin continues to have the wood on World No. 1 all-rounder Ben Stokes as the England star has struggled to put bat to ball in the ongoing Test series between India and England. Stokes now has joined an unwanted list for batsmen who have been dismissed most times by the India off-spinner in Test cricket.

Ben Stokes has now gotten out to R Ashwin 10 times in Test cricket. Only Australia opener David Warner has been dismissed by the off-spinner as many times.

On Tuesday, R Ashwin kept troubling Ben Stokes before he got the left-hander caught at second slip by Virat Kohli. Stokes managed just 8 runs despite playing 51 balls as his poor run in India continued. Stokes played for the turn but Ashwin, from around the wicket, got the ball to go straight with the angle and hit the bat and then the pad before ballooning up in the air.

The first innings dismissal should have been playing in Stokes’s mind as he waited for the turn. On Day 2, Ashwin bowled a beauty where he beat Stokes in the air as the ball pitched in the middle-leg line and turned away to knock the top of off-stump. The England star was visibly disappointed on both occasions as he kept shaking his head while walking back to the pavilion.

It was also the third time Stokes has gotten out to R Ashwin in the ongoing series as he was dismissed by the off-spinner in the 2nd innings of the 1st Test which England won by 227 runs.

Incidentally, the top 5 in R Ashwin’s Test victim list are all left-handers. In fact, only one right hander features in his top 10 Test victim list as Ashwin became the first spinner to pick up 200 wickets of left-handed batsmen in the longest format of the game.

Batsmen with most dismissals to R Ashwin in Tests

Ben Stokes/David Warner - 10

Alastair Cook - 9

James Anderson - 7

Ed Cowan - 7

Darren Bravo - 6

 

Source: INDIA TODAY

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