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Foakes-Hartley fight in vain as India beat England by 106 runs to level series 1-1

Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin picked three wickets each to help the hosts bowl out Three Lions for 292 after setting them a target of 399.

India players during the second Test match against England in Visakhapatnam. (ANI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

THREE-wicket bursts from spearhead Jasprit Bumrah and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on the fourth day of the second Test match at ACA-VCDA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam saw India bowling out England for 292 runs in their second innings to win the match by 106 runs and level the five-game series 1-1.

The visitors, who resumed from their overnight score of 67 for 1 in pursuit of the target of 399, added 28 runs when nightwatchman Rehan Ahmed (23) was caught plumb before the wicket by left-arm spinner Axar Patel. Opener Zak Crawley, who top scored for England with 73, then added 37 runs with Ollie Pope (23) and once that partnership was broken by Ashwin, England kept on losing wickets at regular intervals.

The lbw dismissals of Crawley and Jonny Bairstow (26) off the bowling of spinner Kuldeep Yadav and Bumrah, respectively, within four deliveries pegged the England chase as they went to lunch at 194 for 6.

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Soon after lunch, a flawless throw from Shreyas Iyer saw England captain Ben Stokes getting run out for 11. But just when England supporters thought it was all over, wicket-keeper-batter Ben Foakes (36) and Tom Hartley (36) revived the chase and added 55 runs for the eight wicket before Bumrah separated them by catching the former in his own bowling.

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Mukesh Kumar, the other India seamer, picked debutant Shoaib Bashir for nought and Bumrah hit the final nail in the coffin by cleaning up Hartley, the chief architect of England’s win in the first Test in Hyderabad.

Bumrah ended up with nine wickets in the match and was adjudged the player of the match. Ashwin was left stranded at 499 scalps in the long format.

The third Test begins in Rajkot on February 15.

Brief scores: India 396 & 255 beat England 253 & 292 by 106 runs.

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