Days after an embarrassing defeat on home soil, India got revenge by beating England by 317 runs in Chennai’s M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday to level the series.
Indian spin bowler Axar Patel worked some magic on the fourth day of the second test, picking apart the visitors’ batting order almost at will with a five-wicket haul on his debut.
Batsmen Rohit Sharma (161) and Ravichandran Ashwin (106) put India in a commanding position, both scoring centuries. In its first innings, India – captained by Virat Kohl – clocked 482 runs, giving England skipper Joe Root something to think about as his team took the crease. However, his men only managed a total of 134 runs.
On top of taking eight wickets, Indian spinner Ashwin scored his fifth test century.
England registered an emphatic 227-run win over India in the opening test in Chennai city, but with the test now level, the momentum appears to be in India’s favour.
Twitter is abuzz with congratulatory messages for Team India.
Indian cricket board (BCCI) tweeted, “That winning feeling! Smiles all round.”
Congratulating Team India, one fan wrote “Indian team made a strong comeback after losing the first Test,” while another tweeted: “A dominating win for #TeamIndia to level #IndiavsEngland test series. While Rohit Sharma helped set up a good first innings total.”
The next of two remaining matches will start on 24 February.