The Indian off-spinner turned the primary specialist gradual bowler within the final 11 years to open the bowling in an English county recreation after Jeetan Patel within the yr 2010.
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Ashwin’s day finish figures learn 28-5-70-1 as skipper Rory Burns, who can also be an England opener used him from each ends of the Oval floor.
Somerset completed the opening day at 280 for six in 98 overs with skipper James Hildreth scoring 107 off 212 balls.
The pitch was a gradual one and Ashwin did not check out a lot variations and making an attempt to hit one space persistently as he acquired some drift additionally. Not many balls turned rather a lot and he acquired his first wicket for Surrey early into the second session breaching Tom Lammonby (42)’s defence.
With Indians not having too many first-class video games, Ashwin and the BCCI took initiative to rearrange one recreation for him to get overs underneath his belt.
The thought was to get as many overs as potential with out displaying variations which the opposition workforce can choose up by way of their opener, who can also be captaining the rival facet.
Ashwin hardly bowled free deliveries until his 25th over by which solely 5 boundaries had been scored which included two standard sweep pictures behind sq. and one slog sweep within the cow nook area from the Somerset batsmen.