India vs England (IND vs ENG) 1st Test Highlights: England beat India by 227 runs.
ENG - 578 & 178 (Joe Root 40, R Ashwin 6/61, Shahbaz Nadeem 2/66)
IND - 337 & 192 (Kohli 72, Gill 50, Leach 4/76, Anderson 3/17)
Man of the Match - Joe Root
Joe Root's men thrash India by a massive margin of 227 runs in MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series. Celebration in the England camp. Handshakes and hi-fives in the field and the dressing room as well. The visitors have completely outplayed India in all departments. India eventually bundled out for 192 in reply to England's 420-run target. For England, Leach picked up 4 wickets while Anderson grabbed three in the fourth innings.
This emphatic victory over India in the Chennai Test has gunned England to the top of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) standings. Team India has gone to the fourth position with 68.3 PCT %age whereas the visitors are currently atop of the WTC table with a PCT of 70.2.
The day started well with Pujara and Gill being positive against spin. The pair seemed to be in control before Leach got one to bounce more to get rid of India's new-wall Cheteshawr Pujara. Then Jimmy Anderson was introduced and he just broke the backbone of the batting line-up in four deliveries, cleaning up Shubman Gill and Rahane. The veteran pacer followed it up by nipping Pant with a slower ball and putting England on course to victory.
Resuming on the overnight score of 39/1, India batted horribly in the morning session, losing out five wickets in quick succession. Jack Leach got the ball rolling with the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara. Anderson then, quickly picked up three wickets to break India's middle order. Skipper Virat Kohli showed some resistance but went out of partners from the other end.
Kohli battled on at one end and got some support from Ashwin, they defied England for some time but it was Leach who once again provided the breakthrough. Ben Stokes then got into action, getting one to stay down and nipping Kohli for a gritty 72-run knock and it was just a formality after that. For England, Jack Leach picked four wickets while Anderson rattled the Indian batting attack and grabbed 3/17.
Virat Kohli said in the post-match presentation, ''I don't think we put enough pressure on them with the ball in the first half. Collectively as a bowling unit, fast bowlers and Ash, were good in the first innings but we also needed to contain a few more runs and create pressure. Having said that, it was a slow wicket and not helping the bowlers which made it easy for the batsmen to rotate strike and get into the game. Just looked like not much happening in it on the first two days.''
''Crucial toss but from that point we had to follow through and make the most of a very good wicket. We did that very well. To take 20 wickets in alien conditions is a brilliant job from the bowlers. Knew from the outset it was going to be a good wicket. The first partnership got us going. Different stages guys came in and contributed. That's got to be the way - if we're going to win out here someone has to do that, said Joe Root.
''Standing here, having won the first game is very pleasing. The way he (Anderson) goes about things, challenging himself constantly and getting better all the time even at 38. He's a great role model to the rest of the group. His skill level is right up there with anyone we've ever seen, he added.''