India beat England by 246 runs in 2nd Test

India beat England by 246 runs in 2nd Test

Visakhapatnam: Indian bowlers sliced through England’s second inning with Ravichandran Ashwin and Jayant Yadave doing the most damage. India wins by a huge 246-run against England on the fifth and final day of the second Test here, thereby taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match series on Monday.

India’s bowlers required just 38.1 overs to wrap up a 246-run victory on the final day of the second Test in Visakhapatnam, as England’s resolve was finally cracked. The damage had been done in the morning session itself, in which they slumped for 87 for 2 to 142 for 7, and the tail succumbed meekly after lunch, with only Jonny Bairstow showing any real resistance with 34 not out.

Chasing 405, England crumbled to 158 all out just four overs into the second session in a dominant performance by the home spinners, led by Ashwin who finished with match figures of 8/117.

England’s best hope for survival rested on the shoulders of Joe Root, Unlike Day 4, when India had to wait for over 50 overs for their first scalp, they had an early success, taking 33 deliveries to make the first strike, Ben Duckett caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha off Ravichandran Ashwin for a 16-ball duck.

“Disappointed at losing those 5 wickets on Day 2. India is where you have to score first innings runs,” says Alastair Cook.

In a  post-match interview, Jayant Yadav has some high praise for Ravichandran Ashwin. “To be bowling in tandem with Ashwin is great. He takes the pressure off and you can express yourself in the best way possible.”

Brief Scores:

India 455 (Kohli 167, Pujara 119) and 204 (Kohli 81, Broad 4-33) beat England 255 (Stokes 70, Bairstow 53, Ashwin 5-67) and 158 (Cook 54) by 246 runs