India fell behind 1-0 in this four-match series against England after superb performances from Joe Root and James Anderson, but the hosts have responded with a totally dominant showing in the second Test.
Virat Kohli’s side are on course for an emphatic victory on a turning Chennai wicket, with England struggling on 53/3 in their second innings at the close on day three, after being set the unlikely target of 482 to win.
Rohit Sharma’s masterful 161 had led India to 329 in the first innings, with England collapsing to 134 all-out in reply on a spinning surface which has been widely criticised.
However, Ravichandran Ashwin showed it is possible to prosper in the conditions as he struck a superb century on his home ground in India’s second innings of 286, including 14 fours and a six.
Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley and nightwatchman Jack Leach fell to Ashwin and Axar Patel before the close of day three, leaving Root’s side staring down the barrel of a comprehensive defeat.
It is a far cry from England’s first Test heroics, when an astonishing spell of reverse swing from Anderson led the tourists to a famous fifth-day, 227-run victory.
Prior to England’s win, India had lost just one of their last 35 matches on home turf dating back to 2012, and Anderson’s magnificent work in the morning session made it a reality, dismissing Shubman Gill and Ajinkya Rahane in an over which will go down as one of the most compelling in recent history.
Root also led from the front with a magnificent first-innings double-hundred. The victory meant his side had won six consecutive overseas games, including visits to South Africa and Sri Lanka, their best streak away from home since 1914. However that winning streak looks certain to end at six given India’s second Test dominance.
India vs England tour fixtures
- 1st T20 – March 12 (Ahmedabad), 19:00 local – 13:30 GMT
- 2nd T20 – March 14 (Ahmedabad), 19:00 local – 13:30 GMT
- 3rd T20 – March 16 (Ahmedabad), 19:00 local – 13:30 GMT
- 4th T20 – March 18 (Ahmedabad), 19:00 local – 13:30 GMT
- 5th T20 – March 20 (Ahmedabad), 19:00 local – 13:30 GMT
- 1st ODI, March 23 (Pune), 13:30 local – 08:00 GMT
- 2nd ODI, March 26 (Pune), 13:30 local – 08:00 GMT
- 3rd ODI, March 28 (Pune), 13:30 local – 09:00 BST
How to watch England vs India live
Channel 4 is the broadcaster of the England-India Test series after a long-running TV rights bidding war that included up to six companies.
There had been intense negotiations between Star Sports in India, which owns the rights to the series, and UK broadcasters. Both BT Sport and Sky Sports made bids for the series, but Channel 4 triumphed and is showing the matches on Channel 4 and All 4, its on-demand service.
What radio station is it on?
talkSPORT is the radio broadcaster for the tour with ball-by-ball coverage on talkSPORT 2. The broadcast team includes regulars Darren Gough, Mark Nicholas, Mark Butcher, Matt Prior, Steve Harmison, Gareth Batty, Alex Tudor, Neil Manthorp, Jarrod Kimber, Jon Norman, Guy Swindells and Andrew McKenna.
England squad for first two Tests
Joe Root (capt), Jofra Archer, Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.
Reserves: James Bracey, Mason Crane, Saqib Mahmood, Matthew Parkinson), Ollie Robinson, Amar Virdi.
India squad for first two Tests
Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, R Ashwin, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur.