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Test Cricket: India beat England by 106 runs in Second test at Visakhapatnam: Level five-match series,1-1

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In Cricket, India defeated England by 106 runs in the second test at Visakhapatnam. Indian spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin and seamer Jaspreet Bumrah bagged three wickets each, during the second innings of England.

Earlier, India posted 255 runs in their second innings taking the lead to 399. While chasing the target, England’s batting line-up declined in front of India’s intense bowling attack. With this, the five match series is tied, 1-1. 

As they had promised, England produced a stiff fight in the chase but India managed to keep chipping away to clinch a 106-run victory to level the series 1-1.

England’s chase, where they made as many as 292 runs – the second-highest team score of the match – was led by a smart Zak Crawley who hit twin fifties and top-scored with 73. It started with Rehan Ahmed, the overnight batter, hitting freely at the start of the day even as Rohit Sharma persisted with Axar Patel. He got his reward eventually after a 45-run stand when he had Rehan playing across one sliding on and keeping low to be trapped LBW.

England kept attacking and Ollie Pope got off to a quick start. Crawley remained the most assured of the batters though, using his reach to good effect and playing calculated shots to keep reversing the pressure.

R Ashwin found some drift and loop across the right-handers from round the wicket and began to challenge both the edges. He had Pope caught sharply at slip by Rohit and beat an attacking Joe Root in flight to have him caught as well.

But Crawley, along with Bairstow hit back with a quickfire 40-run stand. The game changed though with India finding two close LBW calls going in their favour late in the session. First Kuldeep beat Crawley with a skidder and had him adjudged LBW on review, while Bumrah brought one sharply back in to Bairstow after a series of away-going deliveries to trap him leg before on umpire’s call.

At the end of the first session, England needed just 205 more but with only four wickets left, including that of skipper Ben Stokes. Along with Ben Foakes, England’s skipper started the final session with a mixture of caution and aggression but he was undone by a direct hit from Shreyas Iyer while attempting a quick single.

At 220/7, the chase seemed done but England’s fight persisted with a 55-run stand between Tom Hartley and Foakes. But just as the duo kept chipping away at the deficit, Rohit called on Bumrah who delivered straightaway with a slower ball by deceiving Foakes. Now with some reverse swing, Mukesh Kumar struck to get Shoaib Bashir before Bumrah wrapped things up with Hartley being bowled, rather fittingly.

Brief Scores: India 396 (Yashasvi Jaiswal 209; James Anderson 3-47, Rehan Ahmed 3-65) & 255 (Shubman Gill 104, Axar Patel 45; Tom Hartley 4-77, Rehan Ahmed 3-88) beat England 253 (Zak Crawley 76, Ben Stokes 47; Jasprir Bumrah 6-45, Kuldeep Yadav 3-71) & 292 (Zak Crawley 73; Jasprit Bumrah 3-46, R Ashwin 3-72) by 106 runs

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