India (396 & 255) defeat England (253 & 292) by 106 runs to win the 2nd Test - Series level at 1-1

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An enthralling day of Test cricket ends with both results still possible, despite India being much in the driver's seat.

The day started with Anderson dismissing Rohit Sharma and Jaiswal. Shubman Gill then steadied the ship, stitching together partnerships with Shreyas Iyer and Axar Patel as he found some form again. He was sketchy to start off but grew in the innings and ended up scoring his 3rd Test hundred. Some inventive captaincy from Ben Stokes, who kept changing fields and posing new challenges to the batters, helped get Gill's wicket.

Following that, the rest of the Indian team folded pretty easily as England's inexperienced spinners gave a good account of themselves with Root out injured for most of the day. India set a daunting target of 399 for the visitors, out of which England has knocked off 67 runs. A positive start from Crawley and Duckett, but the latter fell in Ashwin's first over.

The pitch is still fairly decent to bat on, although there is some variable bounce now. Should be a fun-filled Monday; let's see how the game proceeds.


When: February 05, 9:00 AM PST

Where: Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam


Teams:

India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma(c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Rajat Patidar, Axar Patel, KS Bharat (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mukesh Kumar

England Playing XI: Ben Stokes(C), Ben Duckett, Zak Crawley, Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Foakes (wk), Rehan Ahmed, Tom Hartley, Shoaib Bashir, James Anderson.


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Great chance for England to win series in India, if they miss then I don't see they winning for long time. No other team has this much luck in India, No kohli,shami ,pant , injured jadeja , defensive coach and his favourite players quota like Mukesh, bharat , Iyer and Old Rohit who is worst defensive captain we ever had , combined with all above factors England only need to face Bumarh , Jaiswal and rest of the passengers
 
Should be a cracking Day 4.

It can go either way but India are slightly more favorites.
 
Gone are the days we have Shastri/ Arun / Kohli's combo now we struck with Dravid / No name bowling and batting/ Fielding coach most useless space in indian team and Rohit who is mirror image of dravid and all put to gether along with their Quota players make this team really lame and defensive
If old setup is there , they would crippled the england team and why was Umesh not picked ,I would pick him even if he is 38 years old instead of useless Mukesh/ prasid/ Avesh
 
Set up to be an amazing finish to the match! I imagine at the speed England places, either they will chase it today or get bowled out - don’t think we are getting a 5th day.
 
Set up to be an amazing finish to the match! I imagine at the speed England places, either they will chase it today or get bowled out - don’t think we are getting a 5th day.

I also do not think there would be a 5th day.

England need 332 runs. India need 9 wickets.

Game should be over by Day 4 (one way or the other).
 
If anyone sees any information on how the pitch looks on Day 4, please share!
 
Final day of Test. England taking their chances and going for the win.
Rohit is not attacking enough. No close in fielders when Axar is bowling.
 
If anyone sees any information on how the pitch looks on Day 4, please share!
So far no demons. Pitch is true and spin is slow.
Indian batsmen are inept at playing spin and threw away their wickets.
 
Axar is darting like it’s a T20 game.
If India wants wickets , they need to bowl Kuldeep and Ashwin in tandem.
 
No idea why Rohit is continuing to bowl Axar, he’s not even getting the tiniest bit of spin?
 
As I say that, he gets a wicket. Still believe that batsmen would rather be facing Axar than Ashwin or Kuldeep.
 
This is the final day. England won’t let this go to day 5.
 
Bumrah is not attacking the stumps. Crowley is easily leaving balls outside his stumps and putting the bad balls to boundary.
 
Axar is bowling rubbish. No spin. Just trying to beat the batsmen with pace.

England are playing him like medium pacer.
 
If England can play like this for another 15 overs, they should be favorites to win this. Pitch looks flat and batting is looking easy.
 
Ashwin and Bumrah need to take all 8 else Eng win.
 
Axar’s spell was woeful. Ashwin is the man to bowl India to victory today.
 
Too many runs being conceded by everyone. This is not looking good!
 
England's batting is miles better than our non existent batting. Every batsman in England setup knows their role.
 
Might be a hit and hope innings from Root, who is injured. Crawley is the key player for England.
 
Too many runs being conceded by everyone. This is not looking good!
India will win easily but England have been very good on this tour so far. No other team can take on Indian spinners in this fashion on day 4.
If they win more tosses in this series India will be in trouble
 
India will win easily but England have been very good on this tour so far. No other team can take on Indian spinners in this fashion on day 4.
If they win more tosses in this series India will be in trouble
England have been good on this tour but this Indian team is not a patch on those Indian teams which were almost invincible at home.
 
England need a 100 run partnership to even begin to have a chance.
 
Root is a far better batsman than the one we saw in this series so far.
 
The quality difference between Ashwin and Axar is clear as a day light. That is how you outfox an attacking batsman.
 
England have been good on this tour but this Indian team is not a patch on those Indian teams which were almost invincible at home.

This team is missing out their 4 first choice players (not counting Pant as 5th one).
 
Normall KP is very jovial in the comm box. This series he has been very serious and critical of Indian approach and players.
 
Normall KP is very jovial in the comm box. This series he has been very serious and critical of Indian approach and players.
Rightly so.

Both Dravid and Rohit have been unmitigated disasters in this series.
 
Root didn’t field yesterday remember. That was a proper cowlash of an innings. I would imagine that he is barely fit enough to bat and was just chancing his arm with those shots. It wouldn’t surprise me if he is ruled out of the third Test to give some extra time for that finger to recover.
 
Kohli - Yes.

Not so sure about Rahul though. There is a reason why he averages in mid '30s in test cricket
Rahul is a man ch improved batsman. He has been absolutely wonderful since giving up the opener slot.
 
Why continue with Axar and not bring on Kuldeep? Axar is going at 6.4 an over!
 
Bring in Kuldeep man. Ashwin and Kuldeep can get quick wickets bowling in tandem.
 
Axar still bowling and still getting tonked.
 
They are just allowing Bairstow to settle in.
 
This duo is the key, one of them has to make a massive score to give England a chance.
 
Crawley is playing a brilliant innings. India happy to get him off the strike.
 
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