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India vs England 2nd Test, Day 4 Highlights: Axar bags five, IND win by 317 runs

India vs England (IND vs ENG) 2nd Test, Day 4 Highlights: India thumped England by 317 runs.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: February 16, 2021 1:32:12 pm
India vs England 2nd Test, Day 4 Live ScoreIndia vs England 2nd Test, Day 4 Highlights: The match was being held in Chennai.

India vs England 2nd Test, Day 4 Highlights: Exploiting the spin-friendly conditions, a dominant India thumped England by 317 runs in the second Test to level the four-match series 1-1, on Tuesday.

India bundled out England for 164 in their second innings with more than four sessions to spare in the match.

The victory was crucial for India in the context of World Test Championship as they need to win the series at least with a 2-1 margin or better to make the cut for the title clash against New Zealand.

India had lost the opening Test at the same venue by a massive 227-run margin.

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India vs England 2nd Test, Day 4 Highlights:

13:18 (IST)16 Feb 2021
R Ashwin | MoM:

Ravichandran Ashwin has been declared the Player of the Match. "I really had to express myself. [In Tamil] As an eight year old I have come here on these very stands to watch cricket. I have played four Test matches here and easily this is the most special," he says.

12:56 (IST)16 Feb 2021
Axar Patel speaks:

"It was a good experience, to get a five-wicket haul on debut is special. As Kuldeep said, there was much happening on the pitch. It was about varying your speed and I just kept doing it. Forced the batsman to make mistakes. On the first day itself, it was turning. So, we bowled tight lines and got the rewards."

12:36 (IST)16 Feb 2021
All over! India Win

Stumped!! Moeen Ali is gone for 43(18) and Kuldeep Yadav gets the last wicket. India win by 317 runs, which means this is also India's biggest win against England (in terms of runs). India's spinners take all 10 wickets as England are bowled out for 164. The series level at 1-1 with two Tests to play. Also, India are back in the top two of the World Test Championship standings.

12:28 (IST)16 Feb 2021
Hattrick of 6's

Moeen Ali is not giving up without a fight! Slams three back to back sixes of Axar Patel. Seems like Ali is just auditioning for upcoming IPL Auctions.

12:24 (IST)16 Feb 2021
Gone !

Lbw!! Stone reviews an LBW: Another straight delivery on this minefield of a pitch, and another batsman trapped in front after playing all around it. Stone's looked to sweep this, missed it big time to get struck on the back thigh. 5 wickets for Axar PatelWhat a start to Axar Patel's Test career! 

Spinners taking five-fer on Test debut for India
5/64 VV Kumar v Pak Delhi 1960/61
6/103 D Doshi v Aus Chennai 1979/80
8/61 & 8/75 N Hirwani v WI Chennai 1987/88
5/71 Amit Mishra v Aus Mohali 2008/09
6/47 R Ashwin v WI Delhi 2011/12
5/41 AXAR PATEL v Eng Chennai 2020/21 *

12:15 (IST)16 Feb 2021
Back Live! WICKET

Axar Patel strikes in the second over after lunch. Removes the England captain Joe Root for 33. For the first time in eight Tests in India, Joe Root has failed to score a half-century or more in an innings. Just 2 more wickets needed.

11:30 (IST)16 Feb 2021
WICKET! & Lunch on Day 4

Kuldeep Yadav gets a wicket at last as Ben Foakes =2(9) sweeps straight into the hands of Axar Patel at mid-wicket. The visitors have lost 4 wickets in the session. ENG- 116/7 and need more 366 runs to win. India need 3 wickets to level the series 1-1.

11:24 (IST)16 Feb 2021
Siraj drops Root!

Joe Root doesn't connect his reverse sweep well and Siraj drops a sitter at backward point and denies Yadav a wicket. You gotta feel for Kuldeep, one rare chance for a wicket for him and the catch is dropped !! You can clearly see he isn't as effective as other spinners in the game, with his pace on this wicket he can't do much. Score after 47 overs, ENG- 116/6

11:15 (IST)16 Feb 2021
Axar Patel strikes!

Ollie Pope gets a top-edge on the sweep and is caught by Ishant Sharma. Interestingly, every time an England batsman gets out, it seems from their reaction that something unfair is happening to them. Saw it with Burns, Stokes, and now Pope. Score after 44 overs
ENG- 111/6

11:12 (IST)16 Feb 2021
Finally! Kuldeep gets an over

Just as we were saying. Kuldeep Yadav finally gets the ball after 42 overs on a turning track. He badly needs a wicket to get some kind of confidence.

11:11 (IST)16 Feb 2021
Where is Kuldeep Yadav?

There is a lot of chatter on social media on the absence of Kuldeep Yadav. "Kuldeep doesn't get a chance to play for so long and when he does, he barely gets to bowl? Absolutely ridiculous! No reason, logic can justify such treatment," writes Ayush on Twitter. Hmmm.. lets see if he gets a long spell today

11:06 (IST)16 Feb 2021
England down but not out!

England are 5 down, but there's still Ben Foakes and Moeen Ali yet to come, they've depth in their batting line-up but they sure don't know how to play on spinning tracks.'

10:58 (IST)16 Feb 2021
Ashwin vs Stokes:

Ravichandran Ashwin to Ben Stokes in Test cricket:

488 balls
392 dots
178 runs
10 wickets

10:53 (IST)16 Feb 2021
STAT ATTACK!

Ben Stokes’ dismissal was Ashwin’s 30th wicket at Chepauk, Chennai in Tests - the joint most no. of wickets that he has taken at any venue in Tests alongside Wankhede, Mumbai. 

10:50 (IST)16 Feb 2021
Ashwin strikes again

Second over after the drinks break and Stokes has to depart. Ashwin has another as an inside edge pops up off Stokes' pad and into the hands of Kohli at slip. ENG- 90/5, India five wickets away now.

10:38 (IST)16 Feb 2021
Vicious turn and bounce!

Ashwin to Stokes,  and the off-spinning delivery turns sharply and there is a nasty bounce as it goes from outside leg and to the off-stump. Stokes is fortunate to get an edge and a smart take by Pant. Things are going to difficult from here. 

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10:35 (IST)16 Feb 2021
Signs of reverse swing!

Ishant Sharma gets one to bend in and then tail away from the batsman. These are warning signals for the opposition. Score after 35 overs, ENG- 88/4.Ben Stokes and Joe Root are handling it well but they are a long way away from the target. India needs a wicket.

10:25 (IST)16 Feb 2021
Axar Patel completes his spell

Axar is on debut and has been very impressive with his accuracy and the revs he gets on the ball, that is no mean feat, Here's to him having a long Test career. Meanwhile, Root gets down on one leg and sweeps it towards backward square leg. ENG- 88/4, need 394 runs 

10:11 (IST)16 Feb 2021
Injury update:

Shubman Gill sustained a blow on his left forearm while fielding on Day 3 of the 2nd Test. He has been taken for a precautionary scan. The BCCI Medical Team is assessing him. He won't be fielding today.

10:02 (IST)16 Feb 2021
Watch: Ashwin-Pant combine to dismiss Lawrence