India record second win against England
Visakhapatnam: After a fighting display with the bat on the fourth day, England could not manage a similar effort on the fifth day and lost their last eight wickets for 71 runs. India needed just little more than a session to complete a thumping 246-run victory in Visakhapatnam- their second biggest against England in terms of runs - to go 1-0 up in the series with three matches left. England started the day at 87 for two but clearly the bigger number for them wasn’t runs but balls left.
India had potentially 540 balls to get eight wickets, or even more if they could manage it. Root had faced 23 balls before the morning but England had a bigger worry straight up. The batsman joining him in the middle, after Cook’s last-ball-dismissal on the fourth evening, was someone who had struggled against spin.
That India started off on a confident note was evident given how R Ashwin had Ben Duckett’s number all through the series.
The left-hander faced all of six balls against Ashwin before gloving a sweep onto his pad and to leg slip. In 40 balls in the series, Ashwin has now got Duckett three times, accentuating England’s problems.
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