India came back well in the second test match against England in Vishakhapatnam to win by 246 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the 5 match series. India wrapped up the match during the second session on the fifth and final day after England lost a flurry of wickets.
Two centuries in the first innings by C Pujara and captain Virat Kohli gave India a massive total of 455 in the first innings and after Ashwin picked up yet another 5 wicket haul, India had a 200 run lead which proved to be the difference in the end. England managed to get India all out for just 204 in the second innings thanks to some good bowling by S Broad and A Rashid.
England were set a target in excess of 400 and it soon became evident that they had no intention of chasing the runs down and were playing for a draw. England had a great opening partnership with Cook and Hameed playing out more than 50 overs in the second innings but once Ashwin got the breakthrough, wickets started to fall at regular intervals. Debutant J Yadav also had a good performance with both bat and ball and will most likely retain his place for the next test.
England now have an uphill task as it is always difficult for teams to come from behind in the sub-continent and win a series. They might also have to take a call to replace the struggling B Duckett with the more experienced J Butler as Duckett has look at sea when it comes to playing spin. C Woakes could also be brought into the side to replace Z Ansari who did not bowl at all in England’s second innings. Stuart Broad’s fitness is also under a cloud of doubt due to a foot injury and should he be ruled out, he could be replaced with S Finn.
India on the other hand will most likely retain the same team although there are some who want U Yadav to be replaced by I Sharma. Yadav has bowled with pace and give it is all in both matches but has little to show, thanks to some poor catching in the first match. Kohli will be happy with his performance with the bat but his tactics and field placements have received criticism during the court of both test matches and it is something he can look to improve in the remaining three tests.