IND vs ENG 2nd Test: Factors Which Helped India Cruise Past Against England

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IND vs ENG second Test

The Indians have bounced back in an orderly manner against England after a shocking defeat in the first Test. Virat Kohli and Co. scrapped a 317-run win in the IND vs ENG 2nd Test at Chepauk. Skipper Virat Kohli won the crucial toss and opted to bat first in a seemingly tough pitch in Chennai. With this, England’s streak of 5 consecutive Test wins on Asian soil came to an end. Indians went on par with England in the four-match Test series with a dominating win in the second Test.

IND vs ENG: Key moments from the Match

The Indians managed to set the right tone from the start of the first innings itself. The Men in Blue crafted a heavy total of 329 runs in the first innings while playing in a turning pitch. Thanks to their brilliant bowling, the hosts handed themselves a lead of 195 runs walking into the second innings. While the visitors were complaining about the tough pitch, Indian batsmen Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin made it look easy in the second innings. Indians left a score of 482 runs for the Englishmen to chase, which, as expected, was out of their reach.

The Jofra Archer, James Anderson-deficit English side succumbed to the pressure of a turning pitch as they allowed the Indians to walk over them easily. Rohit Sharma (161) and Ravichandran Ashwin (106) scored a decisive ton in the first and the second innings respectively. Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel propelled with the ball as they grabbed a five-wicket haul in the first and the second innings respectively.

IND vs ENG: 3 Reasons why India won the second Test

A Toss To Win:

Virat Kohli won the crucial toss against Joe Root in the second Test. The toss doesn’t usually favor Virat Kohli, but this time the Indian skipper was on-point with his luck. The pitch at Chepauk saw a huge turn from the first day itself and the pitch was tipped to get worse till the time the game walked into its 4th and 5th day. It was a toss to win and it rightly happened so.

Ravichandran Ashwin’s magic:

The local boy was at his level best as he displayed an all-around performance in the second Test. He was by far the best player in the Indian squad. Ashwin, with his exploits in Chennai, surpassed the likes of Gary Sobers and Jacques Kalis to become the second most successful all-rounder in a test match, behind Ian Gotham.

Rohit Sharma back in form:

Rohit Sharma’s impeccable knock of 161 runs won the game for India in the first innings itself. While the other batsmen were struggling to keep up with the ball, the ‘Hit-man’ of India was gracefully swinging his bat. Rohit helped India get to a decent total in the first innings which played a huge part in their comprehensive win against England.

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