IND vs ENG 2nd Test Day 4 Highlights: India Beat England by 106 Run, Equal Series 1-1. On the fourth day of the second Test in Vizag, India secured a thrilling victory over England, winning by 106 runs and leveling the five-match series at 1-1. England, chasing a target of 399, was bowled out for 292 runs in their second innings. The hosts, displaying a dominant performance, took five of the remaining nine wickets in the first session alone.
Jasprit Bumrah and spinner Ravi Ashwin did most of the damage, both taking three wickets each for India. The 499th wicket in Ashwin’s career. The England overnight score was promising at 67/1, but then the match took a turn following India’s winning disposition with the dismissal of Rehan Ahmed at the team score of 95 by Axar Patel. Moments later, Patel struck again, removing Ollie Pope and Joe Root to leave England 154 for 4 at lunch on day four.
IND vs ENG: Bowling Brilliance and Series Equalizer: India’s Commanding Victory over England in Vizag
The turning point came when Zak Crawley got out, who had his value with 73 runs, adding to his 76 in the first innings. Jasprit Bumrah, with six wickets in the first innings, carried on from where he left off as he got Jonny Bairstow caught behind. Now India were four wickets away from victory, and the teams were off to lunch with the game clearly in the hands of the home team.
England’s hopes of a comeback in the second session were further dimmed when Skipper Ben Stokes was caught short trying to steal a quick single and was run out by Shreyas Iyer. Ben Foakes and Tom Hartley, however, provided a bit of resistance when they added 55 runs for the eighth wicket before Bumrah caught Foakes off his own bowling to eventually extinguish England’s hopes.
This was primarily on the back of India’s bowling performance, with impact-making performances by the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Ravi Ashwin. The series will now move on level at 1-1, with the tests that lie in the offing promising to be quite the engrossing contests between the cricketing behemoths.
Particularly, it was a scorching six-wicket haul by Bumrah in the first innings, while Ashwin was nearing his 500-wicket milestone, that added such flamboyance to India’s win. Now, this relatively evenly balanced series with one eye on the next Test match will just get that much more intense, with the individual performances of the players coming under the scanner.