In­dia skit­tle Eng­land to grab series lead

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

RAVICHAN­DRAN ASH­WIN (left) fin­ished with a match haul of eight wick­ets as Eng­land col­lapsed on the last day of the sec­ond Test to hand In­dia a thump­ing 246-run win and a series lead yes­ter­day.

Chas­ing an un­likely 405 for vic­tory, Eng­land were bowled out 20 min­utes af­ter lunch for 158 as In­dia grabbed a 1-0 lead in the five-match series, af­ter the first Test was drawn.

The vic­tory was In­dia’s sec­ond biggest against Eng­land by runs, af­ter they won by 279 runs at Leeds 30 years ago.

Ash­win, the lead­ing Test wick­et­taker this year, once again turned on the heat against the English bats­men who re­sumed their chase at 87 for two but lost their last eight wick­ets for just 71 runs.

The off-spin­ner, who picked up his 22nd five-wicket haul in first in­nings, cap­tured the first scalp of the day by hav­ing Ben Duck­ett caught be­hind for nought, end­ing the bats­man’s brief, 16-ball stay at the crease.

Ash­win and debu­tant Jayant Ya­dav took three wick­ets each in Eng­land’s sec­ond in­nings, while fast bowler Mo­hammed Shami chipped in with two.

Eng­land’s Moeen Ali did not last long af­ter the bats­man looped up a sim­ple catch to fine leg off leg-spin­ner Ravin­dra Jadeja for just two runs.

Off-spin­ner Ya­dav got the im­por­tant wicket of Ben Stokes, top-scorer with 70 in Eng­land’s first in­nings, for six.

Root, who was dropped on one by cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli at leg slip off Ash­win, pro­vided some re­sis­tance un­til fast bowler Mo­hammed Shami had him lbw for 25.

Root re­viewed the de­ci­sion but TV re­plays sug­gested the ball would have hit the leg stump, up­hold­ing the on­field call.

The hosts had re­claimed the ad­van­tage on the fourth day af­ter Jadeja trapped Eng­land skip­per Alas­tair Cook lbw for 54 on what turned out to be the last ball of the day.

Af­ter con­ced­ing a 200-run deficit in the first in­nings, Eng­land will take heart from their spir­ited bowl­ing sec­ond time around.

Fast bowler Stu­art Broad and legspin­ner Adil Rashid claimed four wick­ets each to dis­miss In­dia for 204.

For In­dia, Kohli scored a sparkling 167 in the first in­nings fol­lowed by a gritty 81 in the sec­ond knock.

The ac­tion now shifts to Mo­hali for the third Test start­ing on Satur­day. – AFP

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