India beaten England by 317 runs to even series

India beaten England by 317 runs to even series

India tallied 317 runs to beat England in the second test to tie the four-game cricket match series by 1-1 at Chennai’s M A Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday.

India’s left-arm spinner Axar Patel (5-60) took five wickets in his debut test, and became the ninth Indian bowler to pick up a five-wicket haul on a test debut while England was bowled out for 164 runs in the second innings and on the fourth day.

“It is special to take a five-wicket haul on test debut,” Patel said. “There was so much happening on the pitch. It was turning from day one itself, so we bowled tight lines and forced the batsmen to make mistakes.”

Spin colleague Ravichandran Ashwin returned 3-53 to finish with a match haul of eight wickets, along with 106 runs on India’s second innings, thus named the man of the match.

Moeen Ali top-scored for England with 43 off 18 balls, including five sixes. including three in a row off Patel, in his 27-ball blitz before he was the last man dismissed on the penultimate day.

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England captain Joe Root made 33 before falling to Patel in what effectively marked the end of England’s resistance on a turning track.

“The toss wouldn’t have mattered much in this game to be honest..” India captain Virat Kohli said of the successful coin toss win for India on Saturday. “We didn’t panic out there looking at the turn and bounce, we showed grit, got into the game and scored 600 runs in the game. We know our bowlers would do the job for us if we put up these runs.”

India’s win concluded England’s run of six consecutive overseas test wins.

“Credit to India, they outplayed us in all three departments,” Root said. “It has been an education for us. You could come up with conditions like these and we have to learn from this and find a way to score runs. We could have been a bit tighter, squeeze the game a bit more and make it harder for them to score.”

England had been on the back foot after being skittled out for 134 in their first innings.

The win helped move India into second place on the world test championship standings. Now they’ll need a 2-1 or 3-1 series’ result to qualify and be against New Zealand in the final. England needs a 3-1 result to qualify for the final.

The third and fourth tests will be played in Ahmedabad. The third test will be a pink ball, day-night affair set on February 24.

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