India level series with emphatic win over England in Vizag Test


Bumrah and Ashwin star with the ball as India dismiss England for 292

India bounced back from their defeat in the first Test to beat England by 106 runs in the second Test at Visakhapatnam on Monday. The hosts bowled out England for 292 in their second innings, with Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin taking nine wickets between them. Bumrah finished with figures of 6 for 45, his best in Tests, while Ashwin claimed 3 for 46.

England started the day at 181 for 6, still needing 218 runs to win. Ben Foakes and Tom Hartley resumed their partnership and added 23 runs before Bumrah struck twice in the same over. He first trapped Foakes lbw for 35 with a yorker that swung in late, and then had James Anderson caught behind for a duck with a delivery that moved away. Foakes reviewed the decision but the ball was clipping the leg stump.

Hartley and Shoaib Bashir, who was making his Test debut, showed some resistance and took England past 200. Hartley reached his maiden Test fifty with a boundary off Ashwin, but the offspinner had his revenge in the next over. He tossed one up and got it to dip and turn, beating Hartley’s bat and hitting the off stump. Hartley departed for 52, ending a 48-run stand for the ninth wicket.

Bashir and Rehan Ahmed, another debutant, tried to delay the inevitable, but Bumrah returned to wrap up the innings. He bowled Bashir for 28 with a full delivery that nipped back in and hit the middle stump. India celebrated their series-levelling win, while England were left to rue their batting collapse.

Jaiswal’s double ton and Iyer’s fifty give India a big first-innings lead

The foundation of India’s victory was laid by their batsmen, who posted a mammoth total of 396 in their first innings. Opener Yashasvi Jaiswal scored a brilliant 209, his maiden Test double hundred, and shared a 90-run stand with Shubman Gill for the second wicket. Jaiswal hit 19 fours and seven sixes in his 290-ball knock, and dominated the England bowlers.

India level series

Shreyas Iyer, who was playing his second Test, also made a valuable contribution with a fluent 59. He added 90 runs with Jaiswal for the third wicket, and played some elegant strokes on both sides of the wicket. He was dismissed by Hartley, who was the pick of the England bowlers with four wickets.

India lost some quick wickets in the middle order, but Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin chipped in with 27 and 20 respectively. Jaiswal was the last man out, caught by Jonny Bairstow off Shoaib Bashir, who took three wickets on debut. India had a lead of 143 runs, which proved to be decisive in the end.

Pope’s century and Root’s fifty keep England in the hunt

England’s reply was led by Ollie Pope, who scored a magnificent 196, his second Test hundred. He batted with patience and skill, and showed excellent temperament under pressure. He stitched a 136-run partnership with Joe Root, who made 51, for the fourth wicket. Pope reached his century with a single off Ashwin, and then accelerated his scoring.

He was well supported by Ben Foakes, who scored 42 and shared a 97-run stand with Pope for the sixth wicket. Pope looked set for a double hundred, but was dismissed by Bumrah, who got one to reverse and hit the off stump. Pope’s innings was the highest by an England batsman in India, surpassing Alastair Cook’s 190 in Kolkata in 2012.

England were bowled out for 253, conceding a first-innings lead of 143 runs. Bumrah and Ashwin took three wickets each, while Kuldeep Yadav and Mukesh Kumar took two apiece.

India set England a daunting target of 399

India did not enforce the follow-on, and decided to bat again. They lost Rohit Sharma early, caught by Ollie Pope off Shoaib Bashir for 14. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill then added 49 runs for the second wicket, before Jaiswal was caught by Jonny Bairstow off James Anderson for 25.

Shubman Gill went on to score 34, before he was caught by Ben Foakes off Anderson. Shreyas Iyer and Rajat Patidar then steadied the innings with a 70-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Iyer scored 27, while Patidar made 32.

India lost some quick wickets in the final session, as England’s spinners Rehan Ahmed and Tom Hartley picked up three wickets each. India were eventually bowled out for 255, setting England a target of 399 to win. Anderson was the most economical bowler for England, taking two wickets for 47 runs in 25 overs.

India level the series 1-1 with one match to go

England faced a daunting task of chasing 399 in the fourth innings, and they lost their openers early. Dom Sibley was bowled by Jasprit Bumrah for 4, while Zak Crawley was caught by Srikar Bharat off Ravichandran Ashwin for 12. Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root then tried to rebuild the innings with a 43-run stand for the third wicket.

Bairstow was looking in good touch, scoring 36 with six fours, but he fell to a brilliant catch by Shubman Gill at short leg off Ashwin. Root was then joined by Ollie Pope, who scored a fighting 41. The pair added 68 runs for the fourth wicket, and took England to 127 for 3 at stumps on day three.

However, India struck early on day four, as Bumrah removed both Root and Pope in quick succession. Root was caught behind for 38, while Pope was lbw for 41. England were reduced to 136 for 5, and their hopes of saving the match faded.

Ben Stokes and Ben Foakes tried to resist, but they could not cope with the pace and spin of India’s bowlers. Stokes was caught by Rajat Patidar off Kuldeep Yadav for 18, while Foakes was lbw to Bumrah for 35. Tom Hartley and Shoaib Bashir showed some fight, but they could not prevent India from sealing the win.

India won the match by 106 runs, and levelled the series 1-1 with one match to go. The third and final Test will be played at Ahmedabad from February 10. India will be hoping to continue their momentum, while England will be looking to bounce back and clinch the series.


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