The veteran Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has churned out impressive figures of five for 59 to help his county team Nottinghamshire bowl out Somerset for 169 in their second innings of the County Championship Division One match in Taunton on Tuesday.
Nottinghamshire went on to set a target of 255 at the Cooper Associates County Ground. One of the two overseas cricketers for the club, Ashwin took three for 93 in the first innings. The Notts were bowled out for 241 in their first innings after Somerset getting bowled out for 326, conceding a lead of 85.
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Apart from the 32-year-old Ashwin, who had a match haul of eight for 123 in 64.3 overs, left-arm spinner LA Patterson-White picked up five for 73. This is Ashwin’s second match for his county team after taking three for 162 in Nottinghamshire’s innings defeat to defending champion, Essex.
Ahead of his county stint, Ashwin said, “Anybody would have liked to be part of the World Cup team, but I think I am in a great space game-wise and I have zero expectations about the selection. Notts is a big club and I want to get more batting and bowling time. Last year when suddenly I was not playing one format of the game for India, my game time came down and that might have led to the few injuries that I have had. More game time should take care of that.”
Meanwhile, Hampshire’s overseas cricketer and India’s Test specialist, Ajinkya Rahane failed against Warwickshire at Hampshire Bowl in Southampton. While batting at No. 3, Rahane made four in the first innings before being caught off the bowling of seamer Olly Stone. In Hampshire’s second innings, he was trapped in front of the wicket for three by Oliver Hannon-Dalby.