Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Jayant Yadav guided India to a huge 246 runs victory over England in the second test of the five-match test series, taking a lead of 1-0. Starting from day 1 of the Vizag test, the match looked one-sided for most of the time with England struggling to fight back. With this win, India has equaled the record for second longest unbeaten streak for India at home. India has stayed unbeaten in 16 Tests and is four short of breaking its own record.
It was a good toss to win for India, as experts feel that the match result could have been different if India lost the toss. Though the Indian team lost its openers in quick succession during the first innings, it is the fight back from Pujara (119) and Virat Kohli (167) which defined the match in India’s favor. The duo amassed a double century partnership which helped the hosts to post a massive first innings score of 455.
In reply, England lost their skipper in a short time but the middle order came to its rescue in the form of Ben Stokes (70) and half-centuries from Joe Root and Bairstow. Eventually, the England team has returned to the pavilion with a first innings score of 255, handing India a commendable 200 runs lead. Ravichandran Ashwin proved his capabilities once again with a five-wicket haul (5/67).
Despite giving a massive lead to India, the English team has done what all it can to save the match. It has fought inch by inch with every ball during India’s second innings. Though they were successful in restricting Indians to a low score of 204/10, the damage has already been done with India getting a 400 lead.
Chasing a target of 405 runs, skipper Alastair Cook(54) and opener Haseeb Hameed(25) fought back with a strong defensive approach. It has been evident that England was playing for a draw. However, the opening partnership did not stand for a longer time with Ashwin removing Hameed for an LBW. He was followed by Alastair Cook off Jadeja’s bowling after being judged LBW by the umpire. Though Root (25) offered some resistance, he lacked support from the middle order and in the process returned to the pavilion off Shami’s bowling. Bairstow (34) was the only batsman from the English team to score a two-digit score after Joe Root. At the end, England’s batting has collapsed for 158/10 giving India a comfortable win by 248 runs.
Speaking at the post-match presentation, Captain Cook admitted that his team should have played well with patience during the second innings. When asked about the role of the pitch, Cook responded that it was a good wicket to bat in the first two days of the game and has later been unpredictable for most of the time. On the other side, winning captain Virat Kohli expressed happiness for getting a new all-rounder in the form of Jayant Yadav. The skipper praised Ashwin and Jayant, who shared three wickets each in the second innings, for their outstanding performance to seal an easy win for India.
With this win, India will take 1-0 in the five-match test series against England. The third test is scheduled to be held on 26 November, at Mohali.