sport news THE NOTEBOOK: Ravichandran Ashwin is on the cusp of history, Marais Erasmus ... trends now

sport news THE NOTEBOOK: Ravichandran Ashwin is on the cusp of history, Marais Erasmus ... trends now
sport news THE NOTEBOOK: Ravichandran Ashwin is on the cusp of history, Marais Erasmus ... trends now

sport news THE NOTEBOOK: Ravichandran Ashwin is on the cusp of history, Marais Erasmus ... trends now

After sealing a healthy winning margin of 106 runs in Visakhapatnam, India have tied up the five-Test series with England.

Jasprit Bumrah and Yashasvi Jaiswal starred for the hosts with bat and ball respectively, while Shubman Gill also contributed a century in the third innings of the match this week. 

England had pulled off a shock in Hyderabad to take the first encounter, but there were to be no such heroics this time round, with Zak Crawley the only batter to pass 50 for the tourists, doing so in both his innings. 

James Anderson had looked back to his masterful best on his return to the side, while Shoaib Bashir acquitted himself well on debut, but Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin that highlighted why India are so dominant on home turf. 

Here, Mail Sport's cricket experts Paul Newman and Richard Gibson take you through some of the stories you may have missed from the entertaining second Test in Visakhapatnam.  

Jasprit Bumrah's breath-taking spell in the first innings tore through England's batting order

Jasprit Bumrah's breath-taking spell in the first innings tore through England's batting order

Despite losing the second Test heavily Ben Stokes claimed that his side were 'very upbeat'

Despite losing the second Test heavily Ben Stokes claimed that his side were 'very upbeat'

Ashwin on the verge of history 

Ravichandran Ashwin’s three-wicket haul in the second innings left him agonisingly one shy of becoming the ninth bowler to reach the 500-mark in Test cricket.

If, as anticipated, he takes his 500th in his 98th appearance in Rajkot later this month, he will have done so quicker than any of the previous eight other than Muttiah Muralitharan, who rattled up the total in just 87 matches. 

Meanwhile, another Sri Lankan spinner, the slow left-armer Prabath Jayasuriya is on course to equal England seamer George Lohmann’s 128-year-old record of reaching 100 wickets in 16 Tests if he continues his current rate of success.

Jayasuriya, 32, took his total to 59 in nine on Monday with a man-of-the-match eight for 174 against Afghanistan in Colombo, and is scheduled to play his next three matches against England this August.

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