India level series with thumping Second Test win over England


ngland fell to a heavy defeat by India shortly after lunch on the fourth day as they were bowled out for 164 to go down by 317 runs.

Having controlled the First Test, England have been outclassed on a turning surface. India scored the only two centuries of the match, the three further half-centuries, and took the only two five-wicket hauls.

This was England’s heaviest ever defeat to India by runs, and the first time they have been bowled out twice for under 165 since 2006.

The teams head to Ahmedabad for the Third – a day-nighter – and Fourth Tests of a nicely-poised series.

Axar Patel became the ninth Indian bowler to take a five-wicket haul on his Test debut to the India’s fourth innings hero. He took five for 60 – even after having his figures dented by Moeen Ali, who was England’s last man out for 43 off 18 balls.

Resuming three down, England lost four wickets in the morning session and three more promptly after lunch on a tricky surface for batting against the superb spin of Axar and Ravichandran Ashwin, who took a first innings five-wicket haul and scored a century on Monday.


Ashwin took the first two wickets of the day as he befuddled Dan Lawrence, who was brilliantly stumped by Rishabh Pant off Ashwin’s very first ball, then Ben Stokes’s 51-ball vigil ended when he was caught at slip.

Ollie Pope and Ben Foakes both fell sweeping before lunch, then Joe Root got one that spat and was caught at slip five balls after lunch. Axar had Olly Stone lbw in his next over, leaving Moeen and Stuart Broad as the last pair.

Moeen smashed five sixes as they shared the biggest partnership of the innings, 38. But he tried one too many shots to Kuldeep and was stumped by Pant.

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