Vizag Test: India defeat England by 246 runs to go up 1-0 in series
India rode on a superb bowling performance to beat England by 246 runs in the second cricket Test at the ACA-VDCA Stadium here on Monday, to lead the five-match series 1-0
Mohammad Shami celebrates a wicket. Pic/ AFP
India rode on a superb bowling performance to beat England by 246 runs in the second cricket Test at the ACA-VDCA Stadium here on Monday, to lead the five-match series 1-0.
Chasing 405, England lost wickets at frequent intervals on the fifth and final day to end their second innings at 158.
Rookie off-spinner Jayant Yadav enjoyed a memorable Test debut with figures of 3-30 while star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also bagged three wickets.
Fast bowler Mohammed Shami and left-arm pacer Ravindra Jadeja claimed two wickets each.
England skipper Alistair Cook top scored for his team with 54 runs.
Jonny Bairstow remained unbeaten on 34.
India captain Virat Kohli, who has been in excellent form with the bat in recent times, was adjudged the Man of the Match.
Kohli had scored 167 runs in the first innings and 81 in the second.
Ashwin was the most successful among the Indian bowlers with a total of eight wickets in the match.
Resuming at the overnight score of 87/2, England lost Ben Duckett in only the sixth over of the day.
The left-hander went for a sweep off an Ashwin delivery but was outfoxed by the extra bounce as the ball looped up for an easy catch to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.
Duckett's dismissal triggered a middle-order collapse for England.
Moeen Ali was the next to go, defending patiently to score a mere two runs off 31 balls before Jadeja induced an edge to Virat Kohli at backward short leg.
Ben Stokes joined Root in the middle and continued with the English strategy of adopting an overtly defensive strategy in a desperate bid to stave off defeat.
He battled for 33 deliveries for his six runs but Jayant Yadav put an end to his innings with a delivery that turned in sharply after pitching and beat the outside edge before crashing into the stumps.
England suffered another crucial in the very next over when Joe Root also went back to the pavilion.
Root, who lasted 107 deliveries for his 25 runs, was trapped leg before by an inswinger from Shami.
Shami also dismissed Adil Rashid with a short-pitched delivery just before lunch and an Indian win was only a matter of time from there.
The third Test begins at Mohali on November 26.
India 1st Innings: 455
England 1st Innings: 255
India 2nd Innings: 204
England 2nd innings: (target: 405 runs)
Alastair Cook lbw b Jadeja 54
Haseeb Hameed lbw b Ashwin 25
Joe Root lbw b Shami 25
Ben Duckett c Saha b Ashwin 0
Moeen Ali c Kohli b Jadeja 2
Ben Stokes b J Yadav 6
Jonny Bairstow not out 34
Adil Rashid c Saha b Shami 4
Zafar Ansari b Ashwin 0
Stuart Broad lbw b J Yadav 5
James Anderson lbw b J Yadav 0
Extras: (LB-3) 3
Total: (All out in 97.3 overs) 158
Fall of wickets: 1/75 2/87 3/92 4/101 5/115 6/115 7/129
Bowling: Mohammed Shami 14-3-30-2, Umesh Yadav 8-3-8-0,
Ravichandran Ashwin 30-11-52-3, Ravindra Jadeja 34-14-35-2,
Jayant Yadav 11.3-4-30-3.
R Ashwin 55 wickets now the leading wicket-taker in Tests in 2016#IndvEng— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 21, 2016
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