IND vs ENG 2nd Test: India beat England by 317 runs to level series at 1-1

It was kind of a dominant game from the start by the home side, but the local boy Ravichandran Ashwin stood firm on the ground and smashed it in Chennai.

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Levelling up the series 1-1, India has trashed England in the second test match by 317 runs. Team India has indeed exhibited how to rise in challenging conditions. 

It was kind of a dominant game from the start by the home side, but the local boy Ravichandran Ashwin stood firm on the ground and smashed it in Chennai. He took his 29th Test five-wicket haul in the first innings and then scored a century. In the second innings, the off-spinner obtained another 3 wickets taking his team close to the victory.  

The Indian squad scored 329 in the first innings after Virat Kohli opted to bat.  Rohit Sharma (161) and Ajinkya Rahane (65) played with fortitude and persistence to drive the Indian innings after the early setbacks. Rishabh Pant knocked out at 85 and remained unbeaten.

While in return England was bowled out on 134. Ashwin garnered 5/43 figures, while debutant Axar Patel played his part well by taking two wickets. Mohammed Siraj also picked up a wicket on his very first delivery of the game. Ishant Sharma bowled five and took two wickets.

India boasted of huge advantage with a strong lead of 195 runs. However, on day 3, India did collapse initially by losing five key wickets within 41 runs, but skipper Virat Kohli (62) and Ashwin (106) stabilized the Indian innings. 

Eng lost three wickets at the end of Day 3. On Day 4, Dan Lawrence fell to Ashwin for their first wicket. Debutant Axar Patel took the first five-wicket haul in his maiden Test, while Ashwin also took three wickets in the second innings and Kuldeep Yadav took one wicket. 

England was eventually bowled out on 164.