Ravichandran Ashwin is one wicket away from taking 50th Test wicket in 2016    AFP
Ravichandran Ashwin is one wicket away from taking 50th Test wicket in 2016 AFP

Day Two of the second Test of the five-match series between India and England ended in the favour of the hosts. India started the day on 317 for 4 in anticipation of a double-ton from skipper Virat Kohli; that did not happen as he was dismissed at 167. India lost two more wickets in the form of Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja. Then Ravichandran Ashwin built a decent partnership along with Jayant debutant Yadav. Ashwin went on to score his 8th Test fifty and got out at 58 while Jayant made a crucial 35. Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami produced some spectacular firework. India were bowled out for 455. Off-spinner Moeen Ali took 3 wickets on Day Two while Adil Rashid scalped 2.

England’s had a big blow when they lost their captain Alastair Cook early in the innings. Cook s off-stump was split into two by Mohammed Shami. Haseeb Hameed was run out, and Ben Duckett did not last long either. In between, Joe Root scored his 24th Test fifty, and just when he looked settled for another ton, he was dismissed by Ashwin for 53. At the end of Day 2, England were at 103 for 5, trailing by 352. Overall, the day went in India’s favour and we present some interesting numbers from today s contest.

80/5 is the 6th lowest score for England against India in India after losing first 5 wickets in an innings. The last instance of England losing 5 wickets under 100 runs in India was in November 2012 at Ahmedabad: England lost 5 for 69 in that match.

This was the 24th fifty for Joe Root, that too in his 50th Test. This was also his 10th score of fifty-plus in Tests in 2016, more than anyone in this year.

This was also the 8th Test fifty for Root against India his most against any Test team. He has 7 fifties against Australia.

The 816 runs for Kohli in 2016 are the 4th most by anyone, 2nd by a captain and most by an Indian in this calendar year.

With 1,176 runs Jonny Bairstow now has the most runs in 2016. Root has 1,167 runs to his name.

The 35 scored by Jayant Yadav is the joint 3rd-highest by an Indian on his debut at No. 9 position after Mama Ghorpade (35 vs West Indies in 1953), Amar Singh (51 vs England in 1932) and Balwinder Sandhu (71 vs Pakistan in 1983).

With 466 runs and 49 wickets in 2016, Ashwin is the second Indian to score 450 runs and 45 wickets in a calendar year after Kapil Dev (579 runs 75 wickets in 1983 & 619 runs 74 wickets in 1979).

The 64-run stand for 8th wicket between Ashwin and Jayant was the 5th such instance of a stand of 60 or more runs for the 8th wicket by any Indian pair against England at home. The previous such instance came in 2005-06 when Mohammad Kaif and Anil Kumble had put up 128 against England at Nagpur.

Mohammed Shami hit a six off the first ball he faced in the innings. He became the third Indian after MS Dhoni (against West Indies at St Kitts in 2006) and Sachin Tendulkar (against Australia at Chennai in 2012-13) to achieve this feat.

Also note: Ashwin has scored above 450 runs and scalped more than 45 wickets in 2016. The last time when a player had achieved this double was in 2009 when Mitchell Johnson and Graeme Swann had achieved the same.

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with CricLife and CricketCountry.com. He can be followed at @abhik2593)