Ravichandran Ashwin led with his all-round brilliance when India beat England by 317 runs in the second Test at Chennai to bring the four-game streak 1-1. Local hero Ashwin took eight wickets in the match, scoring a sensational century on a tricky field as India wrapped the match in four days. Rohit Sharma, with his seventh Test century, and Axar Patel, with an initial five-wicket haul on the debut, were other major contributors to the home side, as they dominated the visitors during the game.
England started Day 4 on 53/3, chasing an unlikely 482, and Ashwin immediately made an impression when he cheated on Dan Lawrence with his first delivery of the day when Rishabh Pant completed a neat stumping.
Ben Stokes joined England captain Joe Root to offer some resistance to the visitors, but it was again Ashwin who broke off because he caught Stokes in a slip.
Ollie Pope was soon to follow, as he made a wrong choice halfway through an attack from Axar Patel to Ishant Sharma.
Kuldeep Yadav took his first wicket of the match when Ben Foakes also got out to sweep.
Axar Patel struck shortly afterward to claim Roots wicket for the second time in the match, claiming his first five-wicket pull in Tests holding Olly Stone’s leg in front of it.
Moeen Ali had a late bloom, knocking down 43 of 18 deliveries before Kuldeep Yadav stunned him to finish the match for India.
Previously, Rohit Sharma’s 161 along with half centuries of Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant helped India to score 329 after Captain Virat Kohli won the toss and was elected to hit.
Ashwin took five when England was eliminated on Day 2 for 134.
Ashwin then reached his fifth Test century, while Kohli scored an excellent 62 as the hosts left England and needed a miracle to win.
With the victory, India has moved up to second place in the world test championships.
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