Ashwin & Hitman starrer India thrashes England with Record's win in Chennai to level the series

India vs England IND vs ENG 2nd Test: India thrashes England by a massive 317 runs in the second Test played at the Chepauk in Chennai and level the four-match Test series by 1-1. Ashwin has adjudged MoM for his scintillating performance.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Feb 16, 2021 13:36 IST
Ashwin & Hitman starrer India thrashes England with Record's win in Chennai to level the series
India vs England IND vs ENG 2nd Testย Highlights. (Image source: ICC twitter)

India vs England IND vs ENG 2nd Test Highlights: India beat England by 317 runs and level the series 1-1

Brief scores: IND - 329 & 286 (Ashwin 106, Kohli 62; Moeen 4/98, Leach 4/100)

ENG - 134 & 164 (Moeen Ali 43, Joe Root 33; Axar Patel 5/60, Ashwin 3/53)

Man of the Match - R Ashwin

India thrashes England by a massive 317 runs in the second Test against England in Chennai to level the four-match Test series by 1-1 on Tuesday (February 16). Ashwin's 8-wicket haul and a century, Rohit Sharma's top-notched 161-run knock in the first innings, and a five-wicket haul on debut for Axar Patel combined to guide India's record-breaking triumph. Chasing 482, the visitors were skittled out for a paltry 164 in the second innings as India registered their biggest win against England at home (317, in terms of runs) and also their biggest in a Chennai Test.

England's batsmen were lacking in the application, resulting in the tourists being bowled out for 134 in the first innings, with Ashwin bagging his 29th five-wicket haul. Ashwin then proved to bat on this pitch wasn't as much of a struggle as it was made out to be, scoring his fifth Test hundred while captain Virat Kohli scored a fifty, helping India set England a mammoth 482. Moeen Ali did have his share of fun though, dancing down the pitch, gunned some into the stands, looking good enough for the upcoming big IPL contract.

The visitors were thoroughly outplayed by India in this game. It started with India winning the toss and Rohit putting on an exhibition of strokeplay during his knock of 161 on a dry wicket with explosions right from the first session. Rahane and Rishabh Pant also came up with useful knocks to help India post a hefty total of 329. R Ashwin has been adjudged 'Man of the Match' for his scintillating performance throughout the match.

India started off with Siraj and Axar at the start of the fourth day's play and while both tested the England batters, skipper Joe Root and Lawrence did not let the bowlers get the better of them. It took the introduction of R Ashwin to get India the first wicket of the day as Dan Lawrence stepped down the track but the TN spinner creeps the ball between Lawrence's legs, with Pant effecting a fine stumping behind the wickets.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli said ''It was a bit strange in the first game to be playing at home with empty stands. We were pretty flat on the first two days over there to be pretty honest, myself included, didn't pick up energy on the field. But from the second innings onwards in the first game, we picked up and wee on the money in terms of our body language. The crowds make a big difference, this game was an example of the grit and determination this side shows and the crowd is a big part of that.''

Chennai crowd are very intelligent, they understand their cricket really well. In a 15-20 minute period where the bowler needs the support of the crowd, it is my responsibility to involve everyone and bring in the crowd. If I am running into bowl in this heat, I need people to motivate me. It is a perfect game for us. The conditions were challenging for both sides, but we showed more application with the bat,'' said Kohli.

''We didn't panic out there looking at the turn and bounce, we showed grit, got into the game, and scored 600 runs in the game. We know our bowlers would do the job for us if we put up these runs. The toss wouldn't have mattered much in this game to be honest, because if you looked at our second innings, we got 300 as well. It wasn't unfair if the toss went either way. Both teams should be in the game from the first session onwards, whether it is on spinning to seaming tracks, and that exactly was the case in this game,'' he added.