Series Level as England Falls to Mighty India, 1-1

India now make the 5 match series 1-1 after defeating England by 106 runs in the 2nd Test match in Vizag. 

India set a target of 399 runs in which the English team managed only 292 runs on the 4th day. 

England needed 332 runs more as they scored 67 runs on the 3rd day. In the morning they played their natural destructive approach and started hitting boundaries. Zak Crawley (73 runs) once again provided valuable runs to his team but didn’t get any proper support from the other end. Like in the 1st innings he again scored a brilliant half-century but was unable to convert that into  a big one. He hit 8 boundaries and 1 six in his knock. 

Joe Root (16 runs) again failed to show his class. Ben Stokes (11 runs) was run-out by a marvelous direct throw from Shreyas Iyer. In the end, Ben Foakes and Tom Hartley both scored 36 runs and built a partnership of 55 runs for the 8th wicket, but unfortunately they didn’t get the result in their favour.  

Jasprit Bumrah again delivers for his team after taking 3 wickets. His crucial role works when the team needs a wicket and everytime he delivers. Ravichandran Ashwin also showed his skill and got 3 wickets. He is just one wicket away from completing his 500 Test wickets. Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav and Mukesh Kumar got 1 wicket each.

Jasprit Bumrah, India, Player of the match

“As I said before, I don’t look at numbers. As a youngster I did that and it made me excited. But now it’s an added baggage. As a youngster that is the first delivery I learned (yorker). Had seen the legends of the game. Waqar, Wasim and even Zaheer Khan. We’re going through a transition so I feel it’s my responsibility to help them in any way I can. We discuss certain things. Have been playing with him for a long period of time (Rohit).

No not really (competition with Jimmy?). Before becoming a cricketer, I’m a fast bowling fan. If somebody’s doing well, kudos to them. I look at the situation, at the wicket and think what are my options. I should not be a one-trick pony.”

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