India vs England 2nd Test: India level series with 317-run win in Chennai

India posted a series-levelling win over England on Day Four of the second Test in Chennai on Tuesday, with a 317-run win. Chasing 482 to win, England were bundled out for 164 just after lunch on Day Four with left-arm spinner Axar Patel picking up 5/60 on debut.   

By Devadyuti Das | Last Updated: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 13:52
Indian skipper Virat Kohli celebrates a dismissal on Day Four of second Test against England. (Photo: BCCI)

India levelled the four-match Test series at 1-1 with a massive 317-run win over England on Day Four of the second Test in Chennai on Tuesday. Axar Patel struck immediately after lunch to send back Joe Root for 33 to reduce the visitors to 116/8 after the hosts set them a target of 482 to win.

The left-arm spinner picked up a five-wicket haul on debut, sending back Olly Stone for a duck. Patel ended with figures of 5/60 as England were bowled out for 164 in 54.2 overs. R Ashwin picked up 3/53 while chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav ended up with 2/25 with the ball.

Closer to the lunch break, Root, on 31, survived when Mohammed Siraj dropped a sitter in the point region after the England skipper went for a reverse sweep off Kuldeep.

Earlier, local star Ashwin struck with his first ball of the day when he had Dan Lawrence (26, 53 balls, 2X4, 1X6) stumped brilliantly by Rishabh Pant off a delivery wide down the leg-side.
Stokes (8), usually an aggressive player, was defensive on Tuesday.

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16 February 2021, 13:52 PM

That's all for today. India celebrate a dominant 317-run win over England in the second Test in Chennai on Friday. Now they have a break of one week before the third Test -- Pink-ball Test -- gets underway at the Motera stadium in Ahmedabad on February 24.

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16 February 2021, 13:34 PM

R Ashwin (Man of the match): Keeping intent was important

I think keeping the intent was very, very important. I was having a chat with Rohit and the batting coach (Vikram Rathour) about the options to put pressure on the bowler than waiting for the loose balls. First couple of sweeps I connected, I got a hang of the wicket. I'm someone who tries hard, and when it doesn't go my way, I try harder.

It's not just Vikram alone, it was more about hands and getting through the ball, think tactically and not technically. Ajinkya (Rahane) told me I was overthinking and that innings at Sydney set the tone for me. I'm so happy that it happened in Chennai that I got a hundred and five-for. 

16 February 2021, 13:30 PM

Virat Kohli: Toss wouldn't have mattered on this pitch

I don't think the toss would've mattered much in this pitch, and we believed we could score runs in the second innings and got almost 300. Look, Pant has really worked hard in Australia and the difference when he moves with the gloves you can see in his reflexes and reactions. He has shed a lot of weight in Australia and it shows and we want him to get stronger and stronger with his skill sets because we know how much value he adds to the team.

'Special moment for Axar'

It's a special, special moment for Axar. He'd have played the first game too if not for a niggle. He bowls fast and is all smiles, and hopefully he builds it here from here on. I've taken a lot of pride in correcting mistakes quickly, which I haven't done in the past because I'm rigid.

But, I want to correct those quickly now. Ashwin batted outstandingly well and in the second half I decided not to go after runs and I'm going to trust my defense to get me out of trouble. Yeah, pink-ball cricket is going to be challenge and we expect no easy cricket from England. The energy and enthusiasm from the crowd is really important for us.

16 February 2021, 13:28 PM

Things were flat in first Test, including myself: Virat Kohli

Look, it was a bit strange in the first game to play at home without crowds in the stands. Things were flat to be honest, and myself included. We needed to pick up the energy. We were on the money this game and the crowd makes a massive different and you push more as a team.

This game is an example of the grit and determination we've shown as a side. The Chennai crowd everyone knows is very, very intelligent and they understand their cricket really well.

16 February 2021, 13:27 PM

Axar Patel become first left-arm spinner to pick up five wickets on Test debut since Alf Valentine of West Indies in 1950. Patel also becomes first left-arm spinner with five-wicket haul on debut against England since Jack Saunders in 1902

16 February 2021, 13:10 PM

India outplayed us in all departments: Joe Root

I think credit has to go to India, they outplayed us in all departments. We have to learn from this and find ways to score in these conditions and bowl six balls to one better. On day one, we could have been tighter and made it harder for them to score freely as they did.

We're 1-1 in the series and there are two important games in the series. We played very well in the first Test, so we're in the series. India went in with two seamers as well, it's always easy to see in the flipside of things. The wicket was dramatically different to the first Test match.

We have to learn quickly and that's something we've done in the recent past. The pink-ball Test will be different - one in Australia with Kookaburra and one in England with Dukes - and we're very much looking forward to that.

16 February 2021, 13:07 PM

Indian spinners called the shots. R Ashwin, Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav picked up 17 out of 20 wickets against England in the second Test.

16 February 2021, 12:56 PM

Felt like a debut for me: Kuldeep Yadav

It was very important when your team is doing well to keep giving them support. Axar (Patel) and Ashwin were bowling very well, so my job was to maintain that control. It felt like a debut for me, because I've not played for so long. Bowling in a match is very different, no matter how much you bowl at the nets.

I always speak to Ash bhai a lot, even during the Australia tour. He was telling me a lot about where to bowl to which batsmen, what shots they like to play. We are always prepared to come back and perform in the next match. Even Rishabh's keeping was brilliant today.

16 February 2021, 12:54 PM

Debutant Axar Patel says: It was a very good experience. It feels so good to pick up five wickets on debut. There was a lot of help for the spinners, so it was important to bowl at the right speed, because if you were too slow, there was time to adjust. So I was bowling stump-to-stump, and waiting for errors from the batsmen. 

16 February 2021, 12:53 PM

This is India's FIFTH biggest win in terms of runs in Test matches played in India. The biggest remains India's 337-run win over South Africa at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium in Delhi back in 2015.

16 February 2021, 12:46 PM

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16 February 2021, 12:36 PM

Over 55: All over in second TEST... India beat England 317 runs! Moeen Ali charges out at Kuldeep Yadav, easily stumped by Rishabh Pant for 43

16 February 2021, 12:33 PM

Over 54: Moeen Ali races to 39 off 16 balls...smashes R Ashwin for six and a four in the 54th over

16 February 2021, 12:27 PM

Over 52: Last resistant from Moeen Ali...smashed Axar Patel for three successive sixes in last three balls of 52nd over

16 February 2021, 12:25 PM

Over 52: Axar Patel picks up his fifth wicket on Test debut as Olly Stone walks back for duck, India need ONE more wicket to win