India v England Test Series – Hosts Win the 2nd Test to Level 1-1
India defeated England by an astonishing 317 runs in the second test match to level the four-match series 1-1.
Following a 227 runs defeat in the first one, Virat Kohli led the Men in Blue to this heroic victory on what seemed to be a highly tricky pitch.
Unlike the first Test, this one was wrapped shortly after the lunch on day 4 itself.
Ashwin, Patel led the way
Ravichandran Ashwin was awarded the Man of the Match, all for the right reasons. In the first innings, he took 5 wickets at an economy rate of under 2.00.
In the second innings, he impressed with the bat by hitting 106 runs.
When India came on to defend the target of 482 runs, Ashwin, once again, impressed with 3 crucial wickets of Ben Stokes, Dan Lawrence, and Rory Burns.
Meanwhile, Axar Patel too a five-wicket haul on his debut in this Test, recording figures of 60/5 in the second innings and 40/2 in the first.
After winning the first Test here in Chennai, England found themselves on the back foot in the second one despite playing on the same turf.
India won the toss and chose to bat.
They were bowled out for 329 runs but when Indian bowlers came on to the pitch, that figure seemed even more gigantic.
Courtesy of Ashwin and Patel, England were bowled out for a mere 134 runs by the end of Day 2.
The second innings saw India put up 286 runs before being bowled out. By the end of Day 3, England had commenced their chase of 482 runs but were down 53/3.
Day 4 saw some brilliant bowling as the visitors were knocked out like dominos in just a couple of sessions. England were all out at 164 runs.
India move up in the Test Rankings
This win has put India in the second place in the ICC World Test Championships.
They still trail New Zealand but have a healthy lead over Australia and England, who are respectively at the third and fourth position.
New Zealand are already through to the finals of the Test Championships, set to take place in June 2021.
It is yet to be seen who will join them in that thrilling encounter, but India do have a solid chance as things stand right now.
India and England will next meet in Ahmedabad on February 24 for the third Test at the iconic Motera Stadium.