Ashwin, Rohit, debutant Axar shine as India level series

Brief scorecard: India 329/10 (Rohit Sharma 161, Ajinkya Rahane 67, Rishabh Pant 58*; Moeen Ali 4/128, Olly Stone 3/47) and 286/10 (Ravichandran Ashwin 106, Virat Kohli 62; Ali 4/98, Jack Leach 4/100) beat England 134/10 (Ben Foakes 42*; Ashwin 5/43, Ishant Sharma 2/22, Axar Patel 2/40) and 164/10 (Ali 43, Joe Root 33; Patel 5/60, Ashwin 3/53, Kuldeep Yadav 2/25) by 317 runs

India vs England 2nd Test 2021, stats

  • After a humbling defeat in the first Test, India came back strongly and, with a 317-run thumping of England, levelled the four-match Test series 1-1. It was India’s 27th Test win over England.
  • It is the fifth-biggest margin of victory for India in Tests, and their biggest win over England in the format.
  • Opener Rohit Sharma put India in the ascendancy with an imperious 231-ball 161 on the first day after captain Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bat first on a dry Chepauk pitch. It was Rohit’s seventh Test century and first against England.
  • Axar Patel became the 302nd Test cricketer for India as he replaced Washington Sundar in the playing XI from the first Test. England captain Joe Root was his first Test wicket as he also became the ninth Indian to take a five-for on Test debut, his five for 60 in the second innings giving him match figures of 41-8-100-7.
  • R Ashwin registered his 29th Test five-wicket haul in England’s first Test innings, helping restrict the visitors to 134 and India gain a substantial lead of 195 runs. With the wicket of Stuart Broad, Ashwin also became the first bowler in 143 years of Test cricket to take 200 wickets of left-hand batsmen.
  • Ashwin also went past Harbhajan Singh’s tally of 265 Test wickets on home soil with his first-innings figures of 23.5-4-43-5, slotting himself behind Anil Kumble (350 wickets) with 266 Test scalps.
  • Having shone with the ball, Ashwin added another feather to his cap with a crucial second-innings hundred to lift India from 106 for six to 286 all-out to take an overall lead of 481 runs. Ashwin made a 148-ball 106, his fifth Test century, making it the third instance of scoring a century and picking a five-wicket haul in the same Test. Only Ian Botham has had more instances (5) of scoring a hundred and picking a five-for in the same Test match.
  • Captaining India for the 58th time in Test cricket, Kohli registered his 34th victory.