India skittle England to grab series leadArchive
VISAKHAPATNAM: Ravichandran Ashwin finished with a match haul of eight wickets as England collapsed on the last day of the second Test to hand India a thumping 246-run win and a series lead on Monday.
Chasing an unlikely 405 for victory, England were bowled out 20 minutes after lunch for 158 as India grabbed a 1-0 lead in the five-match series, after the first Test was drawn.
Skipper Virat Kohli led from the front to bring up the team’s second biggest win against England by runs, after they won by 279 runs at Leeds 30 years ago.
Kohli’s sparkling 167 and his 226-run third-wicket stand with Cheteshwar Pujara (119) in the first innings was instrumental in the hosts posting 455 after batting first.
The star batsman also hit a gritty 81 in the second innings to underline India’s dominance over the visitors.
Ashwin, the leading Test wicket-taker this year, once again turned on the heat against the English batsmen who resumed their chase at 87 for two but lost their last eight wickets for just 71 runs.
The off-spinner, who picked up his 22nd five-wicket haul in the first innings, captured the first scalp of the day by having Ben Duckett caught behind for nought, ending the batsman’s brief, 16-ball stay at the crease.
Ashwin and debutant Jayant Yadav finished with three wickets each in England’s second innings, while fast bowler Mohammed Shami chipped in with two.
The morning session saw England lose Moeen Ali who looped up a simple catch to fine leg off leg-spinner Ravindra Jadeja for just two runs.
Off-spinner Yadav got the important wicket of Ben Stokes, top-scorer with 70 in England’s first innings, for six.
Joe Root, who was dropped on nine by Kohli at leg slip off Ashwin, provided some resistance until fast bowler Mohammed Shami had him lbw for 25.
Root reviewed the decision but TV replays suggested the ball would have hit the leg stump, upholding the on-field call.
The hosts had reclaimed the advantage on the fourth day after Jadeja trapped England skipper Alastair Cook lbw for 54 on what turned out to be the last ball of the day.
After conceding a 200-run deficit in the first innings, England will take heart from their spirited bowling second time around.
Fast bowler Stuart Broad, who played with a strained tendon on his right foot from day two, and leg-spinner Adil Rashid fought valiantly by claiming four wickets each to dismiss India for 204.
The action now shifts to Mohali for the third Test starting November 26.
INDIA (1st Innings) 455 (V. Kohli 167, C. Pujara 119; J. Anderson 3-62, Moeen Ali 3-98)
ENGLAND (1st Innings) 255 (B. Stokes 70,
J. Bairstow 53, J. Root 53; R. Ashwin 5-67)
INDIA (2nd Innings) 204 (V. Kohli 81; S. Broad 4-33, Adil Rashid 4-82)
ENGLAND (2nd Innings, overnight 87-2):
A. Cook lbw b Jadeja 54
Haseeb Hameed lbw b Ashwin 25
J. Root lbw b Shami 25
B. Duckett c Saha b Ashwin 0
Moeen Ali c Kohli b Jadeja 2
B. Stokes b J. Yadav 6
J. Bairstow not out 34
Adil Rashid c Saha b Shami 4
Zafar Ansari b Ashwin 0
S. Broad lbw b J. Yadav 5
J. Anderson lbw b J. Yadav 0
EXTRAS (LB-3) 3
TOTAL (all out, 97.3 overs) 158
FALL OF WKTS: 1-75, 2-87, 3-92, 4-101, 5-115, 6-115, 7-129, 8-143, 9-158.
BOWLING: Mohammed Shami 14-3-30-2; U. Yadav 8-3-8-0; Ashwin 30-11-52-3; Jadeja 34-14-35-2;
J. Yadav 11.3-4-30-3.
RESULT: India won by 246 runs.
UMPIRES: Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and Rod Tucker (Australia).
TV UMPIRE: Chris Gaffaney (New Zealand).
MATCH REFEREE: Ranjan Madugalle
MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Virat Kohli.
Published in Dawn November 22nd, 2016