India beat England by 246 runs to take lead
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.