R Ashwin Claims Ben Duckett as England Chase 332-Run Victory in Vizag Test



England’s Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett set the tone with a 50-run opening partnership, but R Ashwin struck back by taking the crucial wicket of Duckett towards the end of the day. England’s fearless approach to Test cricket was on display on Day 3 of the 2nd Test against India in Visakhapatnam. After learning that they needed to chase a record-breaking target of 399, England boldly declared their intention to go for it, attacking the Indian new-ball bowlers in the final hour of play. With the day ending at 67 for 1, England is still trailing by 331 runs. Shubman Gill’s gritty hundred ensured that the Indian bowlers have enough in their arsenal for the final innings. This is because of enviable approach with which England has played Test cricket under coach Brendon McCullum’s guidance. They have embraced a fearless mindset, eliminating the fear of failure and playing the longest format of the game freely. No member of the visiting dressing room is considering a negative result, especially with two more days of play left in this enthralling Test. The pitch in Vizag on Day 3 showed signs of uneven bounce and sharp turn, making it even more challenging for the batters.