India fell behind in this four-game series against England, but the hosts responded with a completely dominant performance in the second test.
Virat Kohli’s side responded perfectly to their loss in Test 1 with an emphatic 317-point victory over a Chennai wicket that tied the series at 1-1.
Rohit Sharma’s masterful 161 led India to 329 in the opening innings, with England collapsing to 134 all-outs in response on a rotating surface that was widely criticized.
However, Ravichandran Ashwin has shown that it is possible to thrive in the conditions by hitting a superb century on his home ground in India’s second round of 286, including 14 four and a six.
England only succumbed for 164 in their second set, with the final wicket partnership of 38 their highest in the game.
It was a far cry from England’s heroic first tries, when a stunning reverse swing spell from James Anderson led the Tourists to a famous 227 point victory on day five.
Prior to England’s victory, India had lost just one of their last 35 home games since 2012, and Anderson’s magnificent work in the morning session made this a reality, sacking Shubman Gill and Ajinkya Rahane in one that will go down as one of the most fascinating in recent history.
Captain Joe Root also led from the front with a magnificent double hundred in the first innings. The victory meant his team had won six straight away games, including visits to South Africa and Sri Lanka, their best away-from-home streak since 1914.
But India’s dominance in the second test allowed the streak to end at six.
India vs England tour schedule
- 1st T20 – March 12 (Ahmedabad), 7:00 p.m. local – 1:30 p.m. GMT
- 2nd T20 – March 14 (Ahmedabad), 7:00 p.m. local – 1:30 p.m. GMT
- 3rd T20 – March 16 (Ahmedabad), 7:00 p.m. local – 1:30 p.m. GMT
- 4th T20 – March 18 (Ahmedabad), 7:00 p.m. local – 1:30 p.m. GMT
- 5th T20 – March 20 (Ahmedabad), 7:00 p.m. local – 1:30 p.m. GMT
- 1st ODI, March 23 (Pune), 1:30 p.m. local – 8:00 a.m. GMT
- 2nd ODI, March 26 (Pune), 1:30 p.m. local – 8 a.m. GMT
- 3rd ODI, March 28 (Pune), 1:30 p.m. local – 9:00 a.m. BST
How to watch England vs India live
Channel 4 is the broadcaster of the England-India test series after a long bidding war for television rights that brought together up to six companies.
Intense negotiations had taken place between Star Sports in India, which owns the rights to the series, and British broadcasters. BT Sport and Sky Sports both made offers for the series, but Channel 4 triumphed and airs the matches on Channel 4 and All 4, its on-demand service.
What radio station is it broadcasting on?
talkSPORT is the tour’s radio broadcaster with bullet-to-bullet coverage on talkSPORT 2. The broadcast crew includes regulars Darren Gough, Mark Nicholas, Mark Butcher, Matt Prior, Steve Harmison, Gareth Batty, Alex Tudor, Neil Manthorp, Jarrod Kimber, Jon Norman, Guy Swindells and Andrew McKenna.
The England team for the first two tests
Joe Root (capt), Jofra Archer, Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes .
Reserves: James Bracey, Mason Crane, Saqib Mahmood, Matthew Parkinson), Ollie Robinson, Amar Virdi.
The Indian team for the first two tests
Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, R Ashwin, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah , Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur.