In­dia record sec­ond win against Eng­land

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

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.

-Times of In­dia saw what hap­pened. I made the best shape for this fight since I was 11 years old. It was the fight of all my life and re­ally I am dis­ap­pointed with the judges’ de­ci­sion. “He got a few rounds. I am agree­ing with that, but not the full fight. I con­trolled the rounds.

“I lost maybe three rounds in all the fight. Of course I want a re­match. “I just wanted to show box­ing I am good boxer and fight rounds- not small rounds.” Ko­valev was mak­ing his third ap­pear­ance in Las Vegas in com­par­i­son to the win­ner, Ward, who was mak­ing his de­but.-Sky Sports

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