England suffer devastating defeat in India
India v England, Second Test Match
England suffered an devastating defeat in Visakhapatnam during the Second Test Match as India recorded the first win of the series by 246 runs.
After impressing during the First Test Match in Rajkot, England failed to build on their previous success as India eased to victory at the ACA-VDCA Stadium.
During the opening stages of the match, England (who lost the toss and were made to field) looked to be in the ascendancy with two quick wickets to reduce India to just 22-2 after 4 overs…But the elation was short lived after the brilliant Virat Kohli (167) combined with Cheteshwar Pujara (119) to put the pressure back on the visitors who found themselves scrambling to unlock India’s batting prowess.
India, who finished their first innings with 455, immediately went on the attack – with England Captain Alastair Cook the first casualty for the Three Lions, who was bowled by Mohammad Shami for just 2 runs, followed by Haseem Hameed who, following a mix up with Joe Root, was run out for 13.
England’s first innings seemed to follow the same pattern, with the Three Lions batsmen finding it difficult to secure runs and found themselves all out for just 255.
India decided to tighten their grip on the game and returned to the field for their second innings – knowing the likes of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane would add to the already daunting run chase.
Much like the first innings, England started strong with early wickets to reduce India to 40-3...but unfortunately for England, Kohli was still at the crease and added to England’s woes, scoring 81 runs before he was brilliantly caught by Ben Stokes.
Chasing 459 to win, England put up a brave fight in their second innings with Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed combining nicely to reduce the deficit – but an LBW for Haseeb Hammed who stayed out in the middle for an incredible 50 overs at the crease, ignited England’s collapse which saw their remaining wickets fall in the space of 47 overs.
England will now look to regroup and level the series with a win in Mohali.
India look strong on home soil
India’s dominance on home soil continues as the Men in Blue remain unbeaten in Test Cricket for four years.
India, who currently top the ICC Test Rankings, are heavy favourites for the remaining Test Matches against England who will have to find a way to combat their strong spin attack.
Haseeb Hameed is a positive for England
Whilst the defeat against the hosts was a startling reminder of how much England need to improve in the sub-continent. Haseeb Hameed gave England fans a glimpse of the future with a confident and assured display.
The Lancashire batsman who made his debut during the First Test Match in Rajkot will be England’s shining light, but at just 19, the young batsman has a tough task up ahead.
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