After suffering a 227-run defeat in the first Test, India has made a storming comeback in the 4-match Test series against England. In a match that reversed the team ranks, Virat Kohli and company outclassed England to register a 317-run victory over the visitors on Tuesday. Rohit Sharma’s ton and Ravichandran Ashwin’s memorable performances with both the bat and the ball remain the highlight of the game.
A lot was said about Rohit Sharma’s inconsistent performances in the last few games before the second Test. The Hitman shut all his critics down with a sensational 161-run knock on a turf which was turning viciously. While the wickets kept falling in the first innings, Rohit Sharma remained solid and put India in the commanding position at the end of first day’s play.
England had no comebacks to India’s spin attacks, which received plenty of help from the surface. Ravi Ashwin claimed 5 wickets, helping India bundle out England for 134 runs in the second innings. He then added a heart-warming century to his five-wicket haul in India’s second innings on a turf which tested the skill and temperament of batsmen from both the sides.
India got bowled out for 286 runs in the second innings and set an improbable target of 482 runs to England to win the Test. To the delight of their fans, the Men in Blue claimed three wickets overnight and only needed 7 wickets on Day 4 of the second innings.
The hosts took four wickets inside the first session of the fourth day, and it was just a matter of time after that. Moeen Ali hit a quickfire 18-ball 43, but England could still manage to score only 164 runs in the fourth innings. Eventually, India won the game by 317 runs. The third Test will be played with the Pink ball at Sardar Patel Stadium starting from 24th February 2021.