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India defeats England in second Test by 317 runs

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India on Tuesday defeated England by 317 runs to win the second Test at Chennai thereby levelling the four-match series 1-1. Notably, team India had lost the first test to England at the same venue.

England, which had a shaky start on Day 3 of the Test, on Tuesday struggled to keep wickets from falling and were eventually bowled out for 164 runs in the second innings.

India began Day 4 on a strong note and kept on taking wickets. Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel kept on taking wickets leaving the visitors struggling. As far as England’s batting is concerned, all-rounder Moeen Ali was the top performer who batted like a T20 game scoring 43 runs in 18 balls. While Ravichandran Ashwin took three wickets, Axar Patel registered his maiden five-wicket haul in his debut Test match. Kuldeep Yadav took two wickets.

Notably, with the victory, Indian captain Virat Kohli has reached MS Dhoni’s record of most test wins for a captain in India.

Also Read: England needs 429 runs to win Chennai Test

India and England will face each other in the third Test to be played at Ahmedabad’s Motera Stadium from February 25.

Ravichandran Ashwin—The Hero

Ravichandran Ashwin, who is the hero of the second Test for India, after the victory said, “When I was young I have wondered if I would ever play on this ground and if people would turn out and clap for me. I have played here as an eight-nine year-old. I have watched matches from these stands, my dad would get me here for most of the games.”

“I am speechless right now. I have played four Test matches here and this is easily the most special Test match. It gave me a hero feeling. Every time I bowled or removed my cap there was a different feeling (because of the cheers). During COVID times when there is hardly any cricket, the knowledgeable Chennai crowd came in large numbers without worrying. I dedicate this win to the Chennai crowd. We went one-up after they allowed the crowd. Hopefully, we continue to do well in Ahmedabad as well.”

 

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