Second test between India and England concluded today on day 4 at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai when Indian bowling unit choked England batters and received a high class 317 runs win against England, highest runs win, recorded after 2002 by India.
India equaled the four match PayTM series by 1-1 after this win; England won the first match at the same stadium. India won the toss and chose to bat first and in the tough pitch conditions Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane showed incredible domination, Sharma scored 161 runs while Rahane put 67 runs on board.
Rishabh Pant remained not-out on 58 and with this super fine knocks India put 329 runs on board and England in reply scored just 134; Ben Foakes remained not-out on 42 runs and became England’s highest run-scorer. Ashwin took 5 wickets and recorded his 29th 5-wicker-haul.
India declined to follow-on England’s second inning and decided to bat for a while. Again the pitch condition got worse than first day and batsmen started hurting on day 3, after sudden collapse Virat Kohli and Ashwin stayed strong and hold the strings; Virat scored 62 runs while Ashwin scored his 6th century of hid test career.
England was supposed to chase down 400+ lead in the last inning but could score only 164 runs and India won the match by 317 runs. Axar Patel took 5 wickets in the last inning; his first 5-wicket-haul on his debut match.
Here’s how India and England can be in the World Test Championship final:
PayTM Test series between India and England stands equal after two matches and as the series will give second finalist of World Test Championship both the teams have two matches to fight. India will need atleast two wins or one win and one draw to get in the WTC finals.
While England will need to win both the matches to get selected for the finals, the chances remains very difficult as England lose the second test by huge difference.
If both the teams win each match out of two or kept it draw then Australia will be the second finalist of the inaugural World Test Championship final.