India v England: Hosts win second Test by 317 runs in Chennai

 India v England: Hosts win second Test by 317 runs in Chennai

Ashwin has had to silence critics at various junctures in his career, he has always managed to do that in style

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India has levelled the four Test series at 1-1; the third Test will be played in Ahmedabad

CHENNAI

England succumbed to an inevitable 317-run defeat by India on the fourth day of the second Test in Chennai.

Faced with the hopeless task of chasing 482 on a deteriorating pitch, England lost all 10 wickets to spin as they were bowled out for 164 to leave the four-Test series poised at 1-1.

Only captain Joe Root provided prolonged resistance, but even he needed plenty of fortune in his 33, before Moeen Ali chanced his arm for 43 off only 18 balls.

Debutant left-arm spinner Axar Patel claimed 5-60, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took 3-53 – and match figures of 8-96 – to go with a century in India’s second innings.

After two matches in Chennai, the series moves to Ahmedabad, with the day-night third Test beginning on 24 February.

Moeen will miss those matches, choosing to go home as part of England’s rotation policy.

While the tourists cashed in on winning the toss in the first Test, India did the same in the second. Even if this match will be remembered for the pitch, that should not detract from the fact that the home side have been vastly superior.
Between them, Rohit Sharma and Ashwin made more runs than the entire England team. Ashwin and Axar applied more pressure than England spinners Jack Leach and Moeen, while Rishabh Pant pulled off as many moments of wicketkeeping brilliance as Ben Foakes.

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