England’s ambitions of securing an unlikely victory in the ongoing second Test against India in Vishakhapatnam suffered a significant setback when their captain, Ben Stokes, fell victim to a run-out on day four. Shreyas Iyer showcased remarkable fielding prowess to dismiss the England skipper, firmly placing India in control of the match.
Pursuing a daunting target of 399 runs, England commenced the penultimate day of the Test at 67 for 1. While Rehan Ahmed and Zak Crawley showed promise, contributing 28 runs to the overnight score, Axar Patel’s dismissal of the night watchman tempered England’s progress. Despite quick starts from Ollie Pope and Joe Root, England faltered, losing four wickets for 154.
Meanwhile, Crawley completed his half-century, stabilizing the innings with a 40-run partnership alongside Jonny Bairstow before both batsmen fell in quick succession. Kuldeep Yadav dismantled Crawley’s resistance, removing him for 73. Jasprit Bumrah then struck to dismiss Bairstow, leaving England reeling at 194 for 6 by lunch.
After the interval, Ben Stokes and Ben Foakes cautiously navigated the proceedings, pushing England past the 200-run mark. However, their hopes were dashed when Shreyas Iyer executed a brilliant fielding manoeuvre.
In the 53rd over’s fourth ball, Foakes inside-edged a Ravichandran Ashwin delivery towards square leg. Despite a moment of hesitation, both batsmen opted for a quick single, only for Iyer to charge in from mid-wicket, gather the ball with one hand, and hit the stumps with precision before Stokes could reach safety.
Here is the video of the dismissal of Ben Stokes:
At the time of reporting, England stood at 220 for 7, with Foakes and Tom Hartley striving to stabilize the innings. Earlier in the match, India amassed 396 runs in their first innings, fueled by Yashasvi Jaiswal’s double century. In response, England was dismissed for 253 runs. In their second innings, India posted a total of 255 runs. The visitors currently lead the series following their 28-run victory in the first Test.