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England Managed To Pull Off A Memorable Win Over India In Chennai
By CricShots - Feb 9, 2021 3:26 pm
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There was a lot of discussion regarding the lack of intent showing by the England team when they delayed the declaration in the second innings in Chennai. Many felt the visiting team was scared that the hosts have the capacity to chase down the total. But as it happened on Day 5, England comfortably managed to bundle out the Indian team with a lot of overs in hand and took a lead of 1-0 up in the series. James Anderson put up a special performance in the morning after which the rest of the bowlers joined the party to register a memorable win.

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The Indian batsmen surrendered against the England bowlers in Chennai

India resumed the final day with the requirement of chasing down 381 runs but it was all about playing out 90 overs to save the Test. The fans and experts were hoping for the team to repeat their heroics from Sydney and Brisbane. But the pitch was getting worse with each passing over and it proved to be an uphill task for India.

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Cheteshwar Pujara was the first to be dismissed on the skillful delivery by Jack Leach which spits from a good length ball to catch the bat’s edge and rest in the hands of the slip fielder. Shubman Gill was playing some dominating cricket and it looked while he lasted scoring an impressive half-century. James Anderson then managed to send the youngster’s off-stump for a cartwheel with a beautiful reverse swinging delivery and followed it up with yet another ripper to send Ajinkya Rahane’s off-stump for a walk in the same over.

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England cricket team in Chennai

Soon Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar followed as India witnessed a major collapse as they went down from 92/2 to 117/6 dumping all the hopes of a draw. On the other end, Virat Kohli was didn’t give up when the wickets tumbled around him. Whenever England’s spinners faltered in their lines, he took the toll of them hitting boundaries and in the process, got to his 24th half-century as well.

After wickets fell in a heap, Virat stitched a decent partnership with Ravi Ashwin to keep England at bay but the duo delayed only the inevitable. Ashwin got out edging one behind off Jack Leach while Kohli got a low grubber from Ben Stokes as India was soon bundled out for 192 runs losing the game by 227 runs.

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The Indian skipper only managed to score 72 runs off 104 balls hitting nine fours but none of the other batsmen stuck it out with him making the task even tougher and close to impossible. For England, James Anderson scalp three wickets while Leach recovered from the innings hammering to scalp four with Jofra Archer, Stokes, and Bess accounting for one each. This is a massive win for England and now India will have to do all the running in the series to keep themselves alive in the World Test Championship.

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