India Beat England By 317 Runs, Level Series At 1-1
Chennai: Indian team outclassed the England team by 317 runs in the second Test to level the four-match series 1-1, here on Tuesday.
The triumph was made possible by the all-round genius of local lad Ravichandran Ashwin, who scored a century and picked up 8 wickets in the match. The victory was India’s biggest (by runs) against England and the fifth biggest overall.
Chasing a target of 482 runs, England were bowled out for 164 in the second innings.
The hosts began Day 4 on a strong note, taking quick wickets with the visiting batting order crumbling against Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel.
All-rounder Moeen Ali was the top performer for England, scoring a T20-like knock (43 off 18 balls).
The victory was crucial for India in the context of World Test Championship as they need to win the series at least with a 2-1 margin.
India had lost the opening Test at the same venue by a massive 227-run margin.
The Test series will now move to Ahmedabad where the third Test, which will be a day/night affair with pink ball, begins on February 24.
India: 329 and 286 all out in 86.5 overs.
England: 134 and 164 in 54.2 overs (Moeen Ali 43, Joe Root 33, D Lawrence 26; Axar Patel 5/60, R Ashwin 3/53).