|Second test, Chennai (day four).|
|India 329 (Rohit 161, Moen 4-128) and 286 (Ashwin 106, Moen 4-98).|
|England 134 (Ashwin 5-43) and 164 (Axar 5-60)|
|India won 317 races|
England suffered an inevitable 317-run loss against India on Matchday 4 of the second Test in Chennai.
Faced with the desperate task of chasing 482 on a deteriorating pitch, England lost all 10 wickets in a round-robin format as they were run out for 164, and the four-Test series ended in a 1-1 draw.
Only captain Joe Root held out for long, but even his 33-year-old needed a lot of luck before Moeen Ali scored 43 goals in just 18 balls.
Aksar Patel, first left arm, made a pass from 5 to 60, while Ravichandran Ashwin made a pass from 3 to 53.
After two matches in Chennai, the series moves to Ahmedabad, where it will be played on the 23rd. In February, the third test will take place during the day and night.
India balanced fight series
The middle order of this series between the two Test heavyweights lives up to its promises.
After England put in one of its best outdoor performances by winning the first Test by 227 points, India dominated the second Test, making good use of their experience in dusty and twisty conditions.
While the tourists cashed in their winnings in the draw for the first test, India did the same in the second test. Although the match was memorable on the pitch, that should not obscure the fact that the hosts were much better.
Together Rohit Sharma and Ashwin scored more points than the entire English team. Ashwin and Aksar did more than English spinners Jack Leach and Moen, while Rishabh Pant had as many moments of glory as Ben Fox.
The third Test in the spotlight, played with a pink ball, will add a different dynamic, with the rhythm of bowling perhaps playing a big part.
The last two races will not only determine the outcome of the series, but also a place in the final phase of the World Cup test. England, India or Australia could meet New Zealand in June.
A swing to India
With England 53-3, the aim on Matchday 4 was to stay on the pitch as long as possible.
Dan Lawrence tried an offensive move, running the nutmeg to Ashwin’s first ball and Pant made a spectacular diving catch.
Ben Stokes, on the other hand, barely had a chance. He was tormented by Ashwin, who made him shoot eight balls at 51 before offering to catch it with the bat.
While Ruth survived by giving Muhammad Siraj an easy chance with a reverse sweep, Ollie Pope and Fawkes were overwhelmed with a routine sweep.
However, Root could do nothing about the sniffling of Aksar, who accepted the challenge and stood his ground in the ravine.
At the end of the match, Moeen shone with five powerful sixes and was lucky enough to be the fastest player of the half century in Test Cricket, before being stopped from a distance by Kuldeep Yadav, the last man.
England left to regroup
It is the first breakdown of the winter as England have won the last three events, making a total of six consecutive away wins since December 2019.
Although the defeat in Chennai was reminiscent of the historic struggles in Asia, especially the 4-0 defeat during India’s last tour, there is still reason for optimism in the case of Ahmedabad.
In a previous Pink Ball test in India, albeit in Kolkata, none of the hosts had managed to win against Bangladesh – the only instance that has occurred in India’s homeland.
Sporting conditions in Ahmedabad would have suited England better than the turnaround in Chennai. James Anderson, who rested this week, will likely return to the team.
Englishman Jonny Bairstow will also be available after rest for the first two tests and Zac Crawley could also be back in form after a wrist injury. They will offer alternatives to Rory Burns or Lawrence.
Sam Curran and Mark Wood have also rejoined the team and a decision is expected on the players, if any, who will rest the rest of the series. Moen said he expected to go home.
India gave us an education – what they said.
Captain Joe Root of England: The honour must go to India. They outperformed us in all three departments. We have an education.
We must learn. Those are the circumstances you sometimes encounter. We need to find a way to score runs and take wickets in these conditions.
We are 1-1 in this series with two important games. We have a very strong presence in this series. Everything is very well organized.
Captain Virat Kohli of India: It was a little weird to play the first game at home without a crowd. It’s a match where the crowd made a big difference.
Our application for stroke membership was excellent. The conditions were difficult for both sides, but we tried harder to get rid of them. It was a perfect game for us.
Player of the match Ravichandran Ashwin: This cash register is very different from the one we played in the first game. The eggs that overdid it didn’t really get a wicket.
Buying tickets is not as easy as it sounds. It requires a certain amount of patience and intelligence.
Former British captain Michael Vaughan at the Cricket Society: England cannot simply say that such things happen on such counters, as they will face India again on similar counters in the next two Tests. It’s about how they improve and learn.