India Bounce Back With A Vengeance To Crush England

India Bounce Back With A Vengeance To Crush England

17 February 2021 10:44 am

2nd Test - England vs India - Chennai - Day 4

India crushed England by 317 runs cruising to victory after just over a session on the fourth day of the second Test in Chennai on Tuesday to level the series 1-1.

Still smarting from their 227-run thrashing in the opening Test of the four-match series at the same venue, Virat Kohli’s India bounced back with a vengeance with local hero Ravichandran Ashwin playing a starring role to the delight of Indian fans returning to a cricket stadium for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic.

England's run of six straight wins in overseas Tests came to a halt after being skittled for 164 while chasing an improbable 482 on day four with left-arm spinner Axar Patel claiming a five-wicket haul on his Test debut.

Kohli said his side showed more "grit" and "determination" while England captain Joe Root conceded that his side were "outplayed in all three departments this week".

"I think our application with the bat was outstanding," said the India captain.

"The conditions were challenging for both sides but we showed more application and grit and determination to battle it out,” said Kohli.

Root who scored a modest 33 from 92 balls in stark contrast to his phenomenal form coming into his 101st Test with scores of 228, 186 and 218 in his previous three matches, said: "We have been, let's be honest, outplayed in all three departments this week."

India scored more than 600 runs on a turning pitch helped by centuries from Rohit Sharma (161) and Ashwin (106) whereas the two England innings totalled together could not even match India's first innings score of 329.

England, struggling since the opening day, kept losing wickets after resuming on 53-3 on day four.

Root hardly played a shot in anger departing soon after lunch, falling to Patel who claimed 5 for 60.

It was left to all-rounder Moeen Ali to go down swinging, smashing five towering sixes in his 43 off 18 balls before being last man out, stumped off Kuldeep Yadav.

This was only the sixth time in Tests that a match had featured five or more stumpings, as India's march to victory on the fourth morning began with Rishabh Pant making a brilliant one on the leg side, as Dan Lawrence charged at Ashwin.

The last wicket partnership of 38 between Ali and Stuart Broad was England's highest of the match.

Ashwin who finished with 8 for 96, narrowly missed becoming only the fourth man to score a century and take ten wickets in a Test match.

The third Test, a day-night game will begin in Ahmedabad on the 24th of February.

Fans will be allowed into the world's biggest cricket stadium with a capacity that holds 110,000 spectators.

Both sides need to win the series to take second place in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand scheduled to be played at Lord’s in June later this year.

England need to win this series 3-1, whilst a 2-1 win would be enough for India to go through to the final.

Australia, who have no games left, could also sneak through if the series is drawn.