India Beat England By 8 Wickets In Second Test To Take An Unassailable 2-0 Lead
Indian skipper Virat Kohli continued with his impressive record in Test cricket when his team beat England by 8 wickets on the penultimate day of the third match of the five-game series at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Tuesday (November 29). The result meant India will not lose a Test series against the Englishmen for the first time since the 2008-09 season when they had won a two-game series at home 1-0.
India won the second Test at Vishakhapatnam by 246 runs while the first Test was drawn at Rajkot. The remaining two matches will be played in Mumbai and Chennai next month.
Coming back to the second game, India did not have much problem in getting the required 103 runs which they did in just over 20 overs. The two men who got out while chasing the modest target were Murli Vijay (0) and Cheteshwar Pujara (25). Parthiv Patel, who made a comeback after a long time to don the gloves in this game, remained unbeaten on 67 while skipper Kohli remained six not out. Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid got the two Indian wickets.
Earlier, the English batsmen had a horrible outing in their second innings as they slumped to 156 for 7 after conceding a first-innings lead of 134 runs, thanks to the special batting display by the Indian lower order in their first innings. It was 19-year-old Haseeb Hameed who put up a brave resistance (59 not out off 156 deliveries) to thwart the hosts despite a hand injury. But England was still bowled out for 236 in their second essay, giving India an easy target.
Hameed, who played just his third Test, was set miss the remaining series because of the injury. "Unfortunately, he's got to go home and have a plate put in his hand, it's pretty bad," England captain Alastair Cook later said, as per ESPN.
Ravindra Jadeja, who scored 90 in India's first innings, was adjudged the man of the match. The other Indian spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin, also excelled in this match with both bat and ball.
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For Kohli, it was the 12th Test victory in 20 matches (an outstanding success rate of 60 percent, more than any other Indian skipper) and two more wins will see him equaling Mohammad Azharuddin, India's third most successful cricket captain with 14 wins in 47 games. The 28-year-old ace cricketer hasn't lost a single series after taking over as the full-fledged Test captain last year.