Ind vs Eng second Test: India draw first blood, routs England by 246 runs, lead series 1-0
Indian spinners lead by Ravichandran Ashwin and Jayant Yadav , cast a magic web around English batsmen as the duo shared six wickets between them to guide India to a massive 246-run win against England . The heroic efforts by spinners on the fifth and final day of the second Test in Visakhapatnam, helped India take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series .
Chasing a stiff target of 405, England after a good start crumbled to a disappointing 158 all out just four overs into the second session in a dominant performance spinners, led by Ashwin who finished with match figures of 8/117 with debutant Jayant Yadav picking up 3/30 in the second innings.
England was gritty in their reply in the second innings , and in – a fact lost their first two wickets in 60 overs, capitulated under sustained pressure on the final day, with Indian bowlers picking the remaining eight within 37 overs.
England hopes for draw got a boost when it saw their openers in a defiant display led by skipper Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed blunted the Indian attack, sowing seeds of a spirited fight in their chase of a mammoth target. However, the joy was rather short lived when the play began on the final day . As India stuck with quick blows to shatter England hopes .
Picking five wickets within the first session and then completing the formality just fours overs into the second with Ravindra Jadeja and Ashwin wiping off the tail to extend India’s unbeaten run to 16 Tests at home.
Ashwin once again showed why on home pitches he is such a lethal bowler to face and the impressive debut of Jayant Yadav is certainly a good sign for the team management . The quandary now is where does one play Amit Mishra in the playing eleven?
A headache for the team is the form of the top order in batting . K L Rahul’s much-awaited return was a flop at Vizag. Ajinkya Rahane needs to get a big score to get his confidence back. India cannot solely rely on skipper Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara all the time to bail them out. So before Mohali , coach Kumble has to solve this tricky position.