India’s axle spinner Ravichandran Ashwin finally came to the party in the ongoing English county championship group two that played for Surrey against Somerset at the Kennington Oval, London. Ashwin, who took just one wicket in the first innings and made a duck, struck a five-wicket shot in the second turn.
Ravichandran Ashwin decided to play for Surrey in this only match for him in the English County Championship 2021, after replacing the injured Kyle Jamieson. It is rather a good match practice and warm-up for Ashwin before India’s Test match series against England.
In the first innings, Ashwin only managed 1/99 in over 40 overs and made no runs and fell on Jack Leach on the first ball he faced. Surrey managed just 240 in their first innings in response to Surrey’s 429.
Ravichandran Ashwin Bags 6/27, takes five wickets in 13 overs to help Surrey Bundle Somerset for 69
Rory Burns, captain of Surrey, took advantage of a slower and spinning point, and decided to give the new ball back to Ravichandran Ashwin, and this time he used the vast experience he possessed under the sleeves and problems in the Somerset’s batsmen created in the second innings.
He ran through the Somerset batsmen and picked up 5 wickets in 13 overs and finished with figures of 6/27 in 15 overs with 4 girls. In fact, the sheet helped the slow bowlers so much that Burns used three spinners in the Somerset innings, and Dan Moriarty picked up the remaining 4 wickets for 20 runs.
By opening the bowling ball for the second time in the match, Ashwin quickly fired the batsmen from Somerset in a row. Steven Davies (7), Tom Lammonby (3), James Hildreth (14), George Bartlett (12) and Roelof van der Merwe (7), and Ben Green (3) fell prey to the Indian premium spinner. Somerset, who came up with a 189-run lead in their second innings, were still able to collect just 69 runs.
Surrey needed 259 runs to win the match and pocket some key points.
It was a great outing for Ashwin, who was the leading wicketkeeper in the 2019-2021 cycle of the World Test Championship with 71 scalps under his name. In the five-Test series against England, it is a decisive point that he will be an important asset for the team.
Here is the video of his six wickets:
Check all six wickets for @ ashwinravi99 this morning at The Kia Oval, as Somerset were bowled out for just 69.
– Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) 14 July 2021