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India vs England: Hosts win by 106 runs in Visakhapatnam to level series
5 February 2024 5 February 2024 . From the section Cricket comments 1418
England's series with India is level at 1-1 after a target of 399 to win the second Test proved to be well beyond the tourists in Visakhapatnam.
Looking to complete a chase that would have broken a host of records, England were bowled out for 292 to lose by 106 runs on an anti-climactic fourth day.
England made a strong start and reached 95-1, but the promoted Rehan Ahmed was trapped leg before by Axar Patel to signal a regular fall of wickets.
Opener Zak Crawley looked to be England's main hope, batting with grace for his 73. When he was given lbw to Kuldeep Yadav on review, the game slipped away.
Slim hope remained in the shape of Ben Stokes, only for the captain to be run out in wasteful fashion by a direct hit from Shreyas Iyer. At that point, with 179 required and only three wickets remaining, India could breathe easily.
Ben Foakes and Tom Hartley delayed India with a stand of 56, Hartley surviving two reviews that would have given Ravichandran Ashwin his 500th Test wicket.
Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was summoned and pouched a return catch off Foakes and when Shoaib Bashir was caught behind off Mukesh Kumar, Ashwin was given another shot at the milestone.
But Bumrah uprooted Hartley's off stump to end with three in the innings and nine in the match, leaving Ashwin on 499 wickets going into the third Test in Rajkot on 15 February.
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A step too far for England
This was a huge ask, even for an England side that have made a habit of chasing big fourth-innings targets and pulled off a stunning victory in the first Test in Hyderabad last week.
That it was thought to be possible by England, their supporters and a cautious India team says much about the way Stokes' side have played over the past two years.
After the disadvantage of losing the toss, England were excellent with the ball, especially given their three spinners had only three previous Test caps combined.
Ultimately, the visitors were undone by a collapse of 6-68 in their first innings, when they were blown away by the brilliant Bumrah. It left them too much to do in the chase.
England will spend the break in Abu Dhabi with their families. They will hope Joe Root has escaped any serious damage to the finger he injured here and for an improvement in the condition of Jack Leach, who missed this Test with a knee injury.
Stokes' men will rest knowing they have already achieved more on this tour than some thought they might. England will see the next three Tests as an opportunity, but they are also an incredibly difficult proposition.
England fade after strong start
On Sunday evening, James Anderson had talked about England trying to chase down their target inside 60 or 70 overs on Monday. From 67-1 overnight, England started brightly, with Crawley driving Bumrah and Ahmed attacking Axar.
India retreated, there were gaps where England could score, but Ahmed's misjudgement in playing back to Axar opened the door.
There can be debate over whether England's aggression tipped into recklessness, though only Root's dismissal was ugly. Perhaps affected by his finger, he was skittish for nine balls in which he hit two fours, a six and survived an lbw review. From the 10th he aimed a wild swipe at Ashwin and was caught at point.
Crawley played beautifully for his second half-century in the match and was perhaps unlucky to be lbw on review to Kuldeep's fifth delivery of the day. Jonny Bairstow was pinned in front by Bumrah on the stroke of lunch.
Stokes was playing himself in and came through Bumrah's post-lunch burst, then fell in bizarre fashion. Called for a single by Foakes, Stokes dawdled and was beaten by a direct hit from Shreyas at mid-wicket.
Foakes and Hartley showed spirit, Ashwin was given a long bowl in an attempt to reach his milestone, but eventually Bumrah needed only six deliveries of a new spell to produce the slower ball that out-foxed Foakes.
Mukesh became the first seamer other than Bumrah or Anderson to take a wicket in the series and the stage was set for Ashwin, only for Bumrah to whistle through Hartley's defensive grope.
India bounce back
This was a strong fightback from India, who have bounced back from the shock of Hyderabad to square the series without five first-choice players.
They have been led by young batters who could form the backbone of their line-up for years to come. Yashasvi Jaiswal made a stunning double century in the first innings, Shubman Gill a determined hundred in the second.
But England's main tormentor is the awesome Bumrah, whose ability to move the ball at high pace is threatening to become a decisive factor in the series. The tourists must ponder a way to counter his sensational skill during the break.
India have a proud home record. They have not lost a series in this country for 12 years and remain favourites despite England's strong showing over the first two Tests.
The home side will hope to welcome back all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and batter KL Rahul after injuries, but there is so far no word on Virat Kohli, who did not play in Hyderabad or Visakhapatnam for personal reasons.
'England showed a lot of fight' - reaction
England captain Ben Stokes on TNT Sports: "Coming into the last innings we had full belief in ourselves that we could chase it down. The way in which we went about taking on that challenge is what we're all about.
"Congratulations to India, obviously we ended up on the wrong side of the result, but it was another great game."
India captain Rohit Sharma: "We know we were up against a good challenge, the last couple of years England have been playing really good cricket so it was always going to be tough. It's a good a win but it's a tough series still."
Player of the match Jasprit Bumrah: "I am just so happy that we won, and it feels even better to contribute to that success."
Former England spinner Phil Tufnell: "England showed a lot of fight but India's bowlers were far too good, they proved too much."
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England vs India, Test series and tour: Next match, full schedule and fixtures
I ndia’s hopes of bolstering their green middle order with the experience of KL Rahul for Thursday’s third Test against England have been ended after he failed to shake off an injury.
Rahul, a 31-year-old veteran of 50 Tests scored 86 in India’s first innings of the series, only to sit out the second Test in Visakhapatnam with a quad injury. He was named in the squad for the rest of the series, subject to fitness, but has now been ruled out of the third Test in Rajkot.
With the series locked at 1-1, India have called up the uncapped Devdutt Padikkal, 23, to replace him, rather than going back to the dropped Shreyas Iyer or the out of favour Cheteshwar Pujara. The case for Pujara was alluring given Rajkot is his home city and he made a Ranji Trophy century this week. Padikkal, an attacking left-hander, is in form too, having made 151 in a Ranji Trophy game that finished on Monday.
Padikkal will compete with Sarfaraz Khan for a debut in an inexperienced middle order already missing Virat Kohli, who will play no part in the series for personal reasons. India already blooded a middle order debutant, Rajat Patidar, in Vizag, and centurions Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill are 22 and 24 respectively.
It is not yet clear whether all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will return to the side in Rajkot after missing the second Test with a hamstring issue. Jasprit Bumrah, the star seamer, is expected to play in Rajkot, but rest for the fourth Test in Ranchi as his workload is managed.
England won the first match of the series thanks to Ollie Pope’s 196 and Tom Hartley’s second-innings seven-for . India bounced back with victory in the second match, set up by Jaiswal’s double century and rounded off by Bumrah’s nine wickets in the match .
England are currently in the UAE on a break with their families and will fly into India on Monday to resume training two days before the start of the third Test. One player who will not be returning to India, however, is Jack Leach with a knee injury ruling him out of the rest of the series.
What is the full fixture list and schedule?
All times UK
1st Test: January 25–29, Hyderabad – England won by 28 runs
2nd Test: February 2–6, Visakhapatnam – India won by 106 runs
3rd Test: February 15–19, Rajkot (4am start)
4th Test: February 23-27, Ranchi (4am start)
5th Test: March 7–11, Dharamsala (4am start)
What TV channel is India vs England on?
In the UK, TNT Sports (formerly BT Sport) is showing the series after reaching an agreement just nine days before the first ball was bowled. The matches are also available to view on discovery+. Commentary is being taken from the world feed, which features Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan.
Although there was no studio presence at all for the first Test, for rest of the series, TNT Sports flew Alastair Cook and Steven Finn to Sweden in order to get up early and provide an on-screen presence. The studio host is Kate Mason.
The live radio coverage is on Talksport 2, not BBC Test Match Special. Although the BBC bid for the rights, they were beaten by the commercial broadcaster. Talksport will broadcast the next leg of England’s tour of India primarily from London with a significantly reduced team on location in Rajkot and Ranchi.
Who is in the England squad?
England’s squad of 16 features a mix of youth and experience. Veterans like Joe Root and James Anderson are joined by rookie spinners in Shoaib Bashir and Tom Hartley, the latter of whom took nine wickets on debut in the opening game. Harry Brook was allowed to return to the UK before the first Test even started, for personal reasons. There is no suggestion he will join the tour at any stage and has been replaced in the squad by Dan Lawrence. England will have to make do without Jack Leach for the final three Tests with the spinner failing to recover from the knee injury he picked up fielding on the opening day of the series.
England’s 16-man squad for India
Ben Stokes (captain), Rehan Ahmed, James Anderson, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Shoaib Bashir, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes, Tom Hartley, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Mark Wood
Added: Dan Lawrence
Who is in the India squad?
Alongside Kohli, India have also left out middle order batsman Shreyas Iyer for the final three Tests but named Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul in the squad. Jadeja (hamstring) and Rahul (thigh) missed the India win in Vizag and will face fitness tests in Rajkot before a decision is made on their participation in that match.
Iyer only made scores of 35, 13, 27 and 29 in the first two Tests but excelled in the field, taking a crucial catch off Zak Crawley in the first innings in Vizag and running out Ben Stokes on the final day. India expect Rahul to return in the middle order and have kept faith with Rajit Patidar who made an assured debut in the second Test.
It remains to be seen whether Jasprit Bumrah will play in Rajkot. India are likely to rest him for at least one of the next two Tests before a short break before the final match of the series in Dharamshala. Seamer Akash Deep, who was the leading wicket-taker for India A in the recent series against the Lions, has been called up to the Test squad for the first time.
India’s squad for remaining Tests:
Rohit Sharma (capt), Jasprit Bumrah, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (wk), Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep.
What are the venues and stadiums for the Tests?
Rajiv gandhi international cricket stadium/uppal stadium.
Dr YS Rajashekar Reddy ACA–VDCA Cricket Stadium
Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium/Khandheri Cricket Stadium
Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium
What are the most recent Test results between the two teams?
India in england (2021).
August: Match drawn
August: India won by 151 runs
August: England won by an innings and 76 runs
September: India won by 157 runs
July 2022 (match delayed by Covid): England won by seven wickets
England in India (2021)
February: England won by 227 runs
February : India won by 317 runs
February : India won by 10 wicket
March : India won by an innings and 25 runs
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