England defeated India to take the first win of their four-match Test series. On the fifth day of the first Test, India needed 381 runs to win the game against England on Tuesday. On a pitch which had too much assistance for the bowlers, India had a very little chance of saving the Test, let alone winning it. However, what this team had done in the recent Tour to Australia, fans expected them to pull off another special against England at Chepauk stadium in Chennai.
However, the Men in Blue couldn’t replicate similar performance as they were bundled out for 192 runs in their second innings, thereby handing England a massive 227-run win in the first Test.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Shubman Gill ended the 4th day on a positive day and were expected to play well in the first session of the last day’s play. However, Pujara couldn’t stay for too long as Leach accounted for his wicket for 15. Gill and Virat then led the recovery and played pretty well until James Anderson arrived.
Until then, Anderson hadn’t done anything noticeable in the game. What followed was a magical spell of swing bowling. He bowled two outstanding deliveries to get rid of Gill and Rahane inside one over. Anderson then accounted for Rishabh Pant to leave India faltering at 110-5. While wickets kept falling at one end, Virat was fighting a lone battle at the other.
After making a valiant 72, the skipper too departed off Stokes and it was a formality after that. India was bundled out for paltry 192 runs in their second innings. Jack Lean, who went for plenty in India’s first innings, ended with 4 wickets in the second.
Skipper Joe Root laid the foundation for the win after scoring a brilliant 218, helping England post a mammoth 578-run total in the first innings. India, in reply, managed to score 337 runs in the second innings.
The first innings deficit proved too much for India as they were given an improbable target of 420 runs to chase. India, as expected fell short in the end. With the win, England now leads the 4-match series 1-0.