India won the second test match against England by 317 runs to level up the 4 match test series 1-1 in Chennai. The hosts dominated the game throughout the session and decimated the guests to end their six-match win streak away from home. Ravichandran Ashwin, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma were some of the key players that helped India seal the victory. England got the target of 482 runs on the final innings of the match. However, the guests could not stand against the mighty spinners of India and were bowled out for 164 runs.
Ravichandran Ashwin Became Second Successful All-Rounder in a Test Match
Ravichandran Ashwin won the hearts of cricket fans and skipper Virat Kohli. The right-arm spinner led the bowling attack and bagged 8 wickets in both the innings. Not only this, but Ashwin thrashed the bowling line-up of England and scored massive 106 runs with a strike rate of 71.62 to give India a comfortable push in the second innings. With his exceptional performance, Ashwin surpassed Gary Sobers and Jacques Kallis to become the second most successful all-rounder in a test match. The list is topped by Ian Botham, who has scored a ton and taken five wickets in a test for five times in his career. Ashwin was also awarded as man of the match for his impressive performance with both bat and bowl.
Rohit Sharma Provided Early Support to Team India
The contribution of Rohit Sharma in the first innings was as crucial as winning the toss. Rohit scored giant 161 runs on board, which helped India to take a big lead in the game. He was also impressive on the field and blocked crucial runs for the team to ensure victory. Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane also delivered promising results and scored 67 runs for the team.
Virat Kohli Played Crucial Knock in Second Innings of Test Match
Even though Virat Kohli was bowled out for a duck by Moeen Ali in the first innings of the match, the skipper made a comeback in the second innings and scored 62 runs on board to increase the pressure on rivals. Not so surprisingly, Moeen Ali hunted the captain in the second innings as well. Rishabh Pant also played good cricket in the second test match. He was not out for 58 runs in the first innings of the match. Virat addressed the media in post-match shenanigans and stated that conditions were challenging for both sides, but the entire team played good cricket. The team did not panic seeing the turn and bounce of the pitch and scored 600 plus runs in the game.
Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav Showed Exceptional Performance in Chennai
Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav made it to the final playing XI list against England after extreme hard work and commitment. Both the spinners were part of India’s three-spin theory which was led by Ravichandran Ashwin. Axar Patel took 2 wickets in the first innings of the match and bagged his debut five-wicket haul in the second innings. Axar sent back Dom Sibley, Jack Leach, Joe Root, Ollie Pope, and Olly Stone to get his five-wicket haul. On the other side, Kuldeep Yadav just bowled 6.2 overs in the second innings and bagged 2 crucial wickets of Ben Foakes and Moeen Ali.
Even though India avenged the loss faced in the opening test match at Chennai, skipper Virat Kohli will be looking forward to win the remaining two test matches to secure the spot in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. Currently, India is sitting in the second position with 69.7 points, whereas England slipped down to the fourth position in the World Test Championship list.