Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin warned England batsmen ahead of the five-Test series, scoring 6 for 27 in Surrey in the English County Championship. Ashwin’s spell, which turned the match, put Surrey Somerset out for just 69 in the second innings. He will join the Indian team at Durham on Thursday and before that he threw 58 overs for Surrey in which he took 7 for 127.
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When he took over the bowling assignment in the first innings, he bowled at good angles and in the second innings he stunned the rival batsmen with his carom ball. His magnificent performance with new Duke ball and left-arm spinner Don Moriarty’s four-wicket haul drove Somerset to just 69 in 29.1 overs, scoring 429 in the first innings. Surrey’s team could score only 240 in the first innings and now they need to chase 258.
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Ashwin took advantage of the extra bounce from the pitch in the second innings. He used his carom ball and off break wisely. The Indian platoon will be assembled in Durham, where they will play a three-day practice match against the ‘Combined Counties’ (Selected County Eleven) from July 20 to 22. If there is a problem with bad weather, it can be four days.
Ashwin has thrown 58 overs so the Indian team wants to try other bowlers during this match. Players will have to undergo RT-PCR testing again after entering a biologically safe environment after taking a 20-day break after the World Test final against New Zealand.