- Indian team beat England in the second Test of the series at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai
- India defeated England in Chennai in the first Test match of the series, but questions were not raised on the pitch
- In the second Test, Ashwin hit a century, Virat Kohli hit a half-century, Joe Root and Ben Stokes flopped on the same pitch.
The Indian team defeated England by a huge margin of 317 runs in the second Test match played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. This is India’s biggest Test win over England in terms of runs. The Indian team celebrated it a lot and now the series is on par with 1-1.
After the defeat in this Test match, some players from England targeted the pitch. He claimed that the pitch was bad but the amazing thing is that it was on this ground that England won the first Test match and then everything was fine. No former player raised any questions after England’s victory by 227 runs.
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India scored 329 runs in the first innings after which the England team could manage only 134 runs. After this, India scored 286 runs in the second innings and gave England a big target of 482 runs. Chasing the target, the visiting team could manage only 164 runs and lost by 317 runs.
IND vs ENG: Team India took ‘revenge’ in Chennai, beat England by 317 runs
When asked about the pitch and the conditions, Team India captain Virat Kohli said, “We scored around 600 runs on this pitch in both innings. We did not panic. It would be wrong to say that toss makes a difference. Whether there is grass on the pitch or not, both teams get equal chances. We showed good attitude on the field. Our batting on this pitch was excellent. We did not panic. We were not impressed with the turn and bounce.
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On the pitch on which Ravichandran Ashwin hit a century, Virat Kohli hit a half-century, on which the Root and Ben Stokes flopped, the former England players did not like it. Former English captain Kevin Pietersen tightened up and called his own team a ‘B team’.
Pietersen congratulated Team India, but with a taunt, he wrote that congratulations India, for defeating the England B team.
Not only this, former England cricketer Michael Vaughan said that the time has come to field England’s strongest team. Probably those who don’t consider Root’s current team strong.
Vaughan also questioned the team management of England. He wrote, ‘I felt that winning Test cricket and Ashes after 2019 was England’s biggest priority. After all, why the Test team is changing every week and the T20 team is coming down with full force.
It was already being said that the Chennai pitch would now be the turning pitch. It is not that England bowlers did not take advantage of it. The visiting team’s spinners also performed well. Spinner Moeen Ali took 4 wickets in the first innings. Captain Joe Root himself also got a wicket. Moeen also took 4 wickets in the second innings while Jack Leach also got 4 wickets.
In such a situation, it was clearly visible that the spinners are getting an advantage on this pitch. In such a situation, Ashwin and Akshar Patel troubled the English batsmen. Akshar took 5 wickets in his debut Test match. At the same time, Ashwin took 3 wickets. Kuldeep Yadav also took 2 wickets, while in the second innings, pacers Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Siraj did not get any wickets.
Now the third Test match of the series will be played between India and England in Ahmedabad, which will be day-night. Roots have already said that there will be different circumstances. Now the series is on par and the third Test will be important for both teams. There can also be pressure, but victory is important. Let’s see if the England team loses, then this time there is no new excuse.