India crushed England by 317 runs in the second Test to level the 4-match series 1-1 in Chennai on Tuesday courtesy Ravichandran Ashwin‘s Splendid performance with the bat and the ball.
While Chasing an improbable target of 482 on a vicious turner, England surrendered to the Indian spinners in the second session on Day 4, being all out for 164 in their second innings.
England were 3 down overnight and lost their last 7 wickets in 35.2 overs on Day 4.Ashwin Strikes early as Lawrence opens his leg for ball to be in the gloves of Pant for a stump.Then Ben stokes vs Ravi Ashwin thriller contest were entertain us and one again Ashwin got his man.
England team were struggling as Olie Pope and Ben Foakes departed quickly on one end while Root holds the other one but just after tea break Root was axed by Axar Patel.After this There was some IPL audition given by Moeen Ali as he smashed 43 in just 18 balls untill kuldeep hunt him down.
With this emphatic win, India also moved up to the second spot with 69.7 percentage points in the World Test Championship table, to bolster their chances of making it to the final in June. England, on the other hand, fell to fourth position. New Zealand have already qualified for the Lord’s final to be played from June 18.
In front of his home audience Ashwin surpasses Gary Sobers and Jacques Kallis as an best all rounder in a Test Cricket and behind Ian Botham in terms of exemplary performance with the bat and the ball in same match.Now Ashwin has three occasion when he scored a ton and taken five wickets in same match,Botham did it five times.
Ashwin(106) scored his fifth Test hundred in second inning and shut all voices that criticize the chennai pitch to bat on.After this Ashwin took three important wickets in last inning of the match and with this scintillating performance he emerges as the Man of the Match.
Do not forget Rohit Sharma‘s magnificent 161 runs in first inning when all other batsmen were struggling to bat on the mine like pitch.This inning change the context of the match.One more hero of this match would be Debutant Axar Patel who took 7 wickets in this match including a Five-fer in the last inning.Skipper Virat Kohli utilized him very well and Axar applied himself very gently on this pitch in a Debut match.
With the series level to 1-1 India and England will meet once again in New Stadium of Ahemdabad in a Pink ball Test match followed by a fourth and last Test of the series.