India beats England by 246 runs in 2nd test

Published On: November 21, 2016 02:13 PM NPT By: Associated Press

VISAKHAPATNAM, Nov 21:  India beat England by 246 runs on Monday to win the second test and take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five match series.

India sealed a comprehensive victory after lunch on the fifth and final day, dismissing England for 158 in 97.3 overs.

Needing to bat through the final day to salvage a draw after resuming on 87-2, chasing an improbable target of 405 to win, England lost their last eight wickets for just 66 runs, giving up five wickets in the morning session then three more after lunch to concede a heavy defeat.

England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow followed up his first innings half-century to finish unbeaten on 34 but no-one outside England's top three batsman made double figures.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Jayant Yadav finished with three wickets each while Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja got two apiece for India.

England made an ominous start to the day when Ben Duckett went early for a duck, caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha off Ashwin with just five added to the overnight total.

Moeen Ali made just two before he was caught at backward short leg off Jadeja as India began to tighten the screws.

Ben Stokes was bowled for six by off-spinner Yadav after the drinks break then Shami used the second new ball to get rid of Joe Root (25) and Adil Rashid (4) and leave India in total command.

The home team wrapped up the final three wickets quickly after the lunch interval with Ashwin bowling Zafar Ansari for a duck then Yadav trapping Stuart Broad (5) and James Anderson (0) leg before wicket in successive deliveries.

Indian captain Virat Kohli was named man of the match after scoring 167 and 81.

The first test in Rajkot was drawn. The third test starts in Mohali on November 26.

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