England Go 1-0 Up in Chennai
India were bowled out for 192 on Day Five of the First Test in Chennai to hand England the win and see the tourists go 1-0 up in the Series.
Here’s how they did it.
England wrap up win
India were very much up against it going into Day Five at Chennai, chasing a virtually impossible total and knowing they had to bat all day to at least salvage a draw.
But by then the damage had already been done and with the pitch taking a lot of spin on the final day, all England had to do was bowl in the right areas and the wickets would come.
That’s pretty much what happened with spinner Jack Leach taking 4-76 to round off a good game for him.
But the most important bowler on the day was actually a seamer, the evergreen James Anderson.
He took 3-17 which included a double wicket-maiden that saw him dismiss Shubman Gill and Ajinkya Rhane in the same over, two of India’s best batsmen who could have made it hard work for Joe Root’s team.
In the end England won by a massive 227 runs to cause a big upset and go 1-0 up in the India vs England Test Series.
Skippers Root and Kohli in good touch
The match was ultimately decided by Joe Root’s brilliant 218 in the first innings which took the game away from India and meant the hosts were always under pressure from Day Two onwards.
Incredibly, the England skipper’s last six innings, including two Tests in Sri Lanka, read: 228, 1, 186, 11, 218 and 40. Even more remarkably, he’s now been named man of the match in all of his last three Tests.
As for India skipper Virat Kohli, he will be hugely disappointed by the result but at least he showed some form in scoring a fluent 72 on the final day before being bowled by a Ben Stokes delivery that kept low.
The second Test starts on February 13
So England go 1-0 up and we stay in Chennai for the Second Test, which starts on February 13.
England are likely to make changes for it as part of their policy of rotation, especially as regards fast bowlers.
As for India, they’ll most likely make changes with players who had a slightly poor game, including vice-captain, Ajinkya Rhane, under pressure.