In­dia beat Eng­land by 246 runs to take lead

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS -

IN­DIA TOOK a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five match se­ries by beat­ing Eng­land by 246 runs yes­ter­day to win the sec­ond test.

In­dia sealed a com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory af­ter lunch on the fifth and fi­nal day, dis­miss­ing Eng­land for 158 in 97.3 overs.

Need­ing to bat through the fi­nal day to sal­vage a draw af­ter re­sum­ing on 87-2, chas­ing an im­prob­a­ble tar­get of 405 to win, Eng­land lost their last eight wick­ets for just 66 runs, giv­ing up five wick­ets in the morn­ing ses­sion then three more af­ter lunch to con­cede a heavy de­feat.

In­dia cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli ques­tioned the op­po­si­tion’s in­tent as Eng­land fo­cused on batting out more than four ses­sions to save the match.

“You need to show some in­tent as the pitch gets tougher to bat on,” said Kohli, who was named man of the match af­ter scor­ing 167 and 81. “Scor­ing runs in be­tween puts some pres­sure on the bowlers. It is a ba­sic thing. If you don’t have that in­tent in the fourth in­nings, it is tough to play out four and a half ses­sions (on Days 4 and 5).”

Eng­land wick­et­keeper Jonny Bairstow fol­lowed up his first in­nings half-cen­tury to fin­ish un­beaten on 34, but no one out­side of Eng­land’s top three bats­man made dou­ble fig­ures.

TIGHTEN THE SCREWS

Ravichan­dran Ash­win and Jayant Ya­dav fin­ished with three wick­ets each, while Mo­hammed Shami and Ravin­dra Jadeja got two apiece for In­dia.

Eng­land made an omi­nous start to the day when Ben Duck­ett went early for a duck, caught be­hind by Wrid­dhi­man Saha off Ash­win with just five added to the overnight to­tal.

Moeen Ali made just two be­fore he was caught at back­ward short leg off Jadeja as In­dia be­gan to tighten the screws.

Ben Stokes was bowled for six by off-spin­ner Ya­dav af­ter the drinks break, then Shami used the sec­ond new ball to get rid of Joe Root (25) and Adil Rashid (4) and leave In­dia in to­tal com­mand.

No one bowler stood out on a wear­ing pitch, and the In­dian at­tack worked as a unit, us­ing the con­di­tions on of­fer.

The home team wrapped up the fi­nal three wick­ets quickly af­ter the lunch in­ter­val with Ash­win bowl­ing Za­far An­sari for a duck then Ya­dav trap­ping Stuart Broad (5) and James An­der­son (0) leg be­fore wicket in suc­ces­sive de­liv­er­ies.

The first Test in Ra­jkot was drawn. The third Test starts in Mo­hali on Novem­ber 26.

KOHLI

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