As expected, Team India has defeated England by a humongous margin of 317 runs as they have pulled off a brilliant comeback in the four-match Test series. They are now completely in the race to qualify for the final of the World Test Championship and will have to win at least one more match in the next two games while making sure they don’t lose the other one. Ahead of Day 4, the visitors were already reeling at 53/3 and the excitement was only about by when the hosts will seal the victory.
And it took just 35.1 overs for the Indian spinners to run through the opposition as the visitors didn’t show any kind of fight. Dan Lawrence never looked comfortable facing the India bowlers as e coming down the track regularly on the fourth morning. But he was premeditating a lot and Ravi Ashwin trapped him down the leg-side getting him stumped. Joe Root and Ben Stokes then denied the hosts a wicket for the most part of the next 13 overs.
However, R Ashwin managed to dismiss Stokes for the 10th time in his Test career, for the 10th time in Tests, and this proved to be the final nail in the coffin for the visiting team. After Ashwin, it was time for Axar Patel to take matters into his own hands. Ollie Pope looked jittery during his short stint and when he finally tried to play a sweep shot off the left-arm spinner, he could only top-edge it to the deep mid-wicket fielder.
The chinaman Kuldeep Yadav also managed to get a couple of wickets as he dismissed Ben Foakes at the stroke of lunch after finally coming into the attack in the 43rd over of the innings. Soon after the second session began, Axar managed to pounce the prized wicket of Root who gloved one to Ajinkya Rahane.
A ball spits out of the rough and bounced even as the English skipper prodded forward as he was the only batsman who looked a bit comfortable as he once again played sweeps and reverse sweeps to perfection scoring 33 runs. Axar Patel also got the wicket of Olly Stone as he found his plumb in front of the stumps as he completed a five-wicket haul on debut in Tests.
Once the ninth wicket fell, Moeen Ali decided to take the attack to the spinner and he entertained the crowd for some time. He smacked five huge sixes taking on especially Axar hitting him for three consecutive maximums. He scored 43 in no time but it was only going to be a matter of time and eventually, Kuldeep Yadav bluffed Moeen in flight to get him stumped as England was bundled out for 164 runs in the second innings and Team India leveled the series in style.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
That winning feeling! 👌👌
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 16, 2021
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 16, 2021
Badhai ho india 🇮🇳,England B Ko harane ke liye 😉
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) February 16, 2021
— Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) February 16, 2021
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) February 16, 2021
The last partnership was 38,highest for England in the match !! 317 run victory is more than a hammering … #INDvsENG !! Well played India … Too much skill for England this week …
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 16, 2021
One game each. This series has so much more drama and narrative to come. Compelling yo say the least. I can’t wait for the next two matches. #INDvsENG
— Ian bishop (@irbishi) February 16, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) February 16, 2021
— Khaleel Ahmed (@imK_Ahmed13) February 16, 2021
A fifer on debut is equally magical! 🤩 Well bowled Patel. Red ball suiting you on screen @akshar2026 😉
— Jaydev Unadkat (@JUnadkat) February 16, 2021
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) February 16, 2021
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) February 16, 2021
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) February 16, 2021