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Reaching a tie with Anil Kumble for the third-most five-fors in Test history, Ravichandran Ashwin

<p>At the current fourth Test match between India and England in Ranchi on Sunday, team Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin achieved yet another milestone as he claimed five wickets to tie the record of 35 fifers held by renowned Indian spinner Anil Kumble.</p>
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<p>Only a few legendary figures remain on the list of the most five-wicket hauls, including the legendary Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka, who has amassed an amazing 67 fifers in 133 Test matches. The spinner from Tamil Nadu is now tied for fourth place.</p>
<p>With 145 Test matches played, the legendary Australian Shane Warne is a distant second with 37 five-wicket hauls. With 36 fifers from 86 games, New Zealand great Richard Hadlee finishes in third, above of Ashwin and Kumble.</p>
<p>In their first innings, Team India scored 307 runs against England’s 353 total. Prior to Ashwin doing his spin magic, the visitors led by 46 runs into the second innings.</p>
<p>In the second innings, the 37-year-old sent Ben Duckett back to the pavilion in the fifth over, giving the hosts an early lead. The following ball saw him eliminate new batsman Ollie Pope, making it a double-wicket over.</p>
<p>Joe Root, who had amassed an undefeated hundred runs in the first session, was bowled out for only eleven runs by the off-break bowler, leaving England at 65 for three.</p>
<p>Soon after dismissing half-century man Zak Crawley, English captain Ben Stokes was sent back to the dugout by Kuldeep Yadav’s deft spin.</p>
<p>Before Kuldeep removed Tom Hartley, Ravindra Jadeja got in on the action, scalping Jonny Bairstow for thirty. In the same over, Ollie Robinson followed his buddy back to the hut.</p>
<p>After dismissing James Anderson, Ashwin completed his historic four-figure innings to end the English second innings with 145 runs.</p>
<p>With a two-game advantage in the five-match series growing big, India headed out to chase the 193-run goal.</p>