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India bowl England out for 158 to complete second-Test win

The hosts sealed a comprehensive 246-run victory over England in Visakhapatnam on Monday to go 1-0 up in the five-game series.
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India bowl England out for 158 to complete second-Test win

Ravichandran Ashwin finished with a match haul of eight wickets as England collapsed on the last day of the second Test to hand India a thumping 246-run win and a series lead.

India take 1-0 lead after England skittled

Chasing an unlikely 405 for victory on Monday, England were bowled out 20 minutes after lunch for 158 as India went 1-0 up in the five-match series, after the first Test was drawn.

Skipper Virat Kohli led from the front to bring up the team's second biggest win against England by runs, having won by 279 at Leeds 30 years ago.

Kohli's sparkling 167 and his 226-run third-wicket stand with Cheteshwar Pujara (119) in the first innings was instrumental in the hosts posting 455 after batting first.

The star batsman also hit a gritty 81 in the second innings to underline India's dominance over the visitors.

Kohli chosen as man of the match

"We've been playing some really good cricket, we don't want to be complacent but don't want to be desperate, either. We respect England," said Kohli, who was named man of the match.

Ashwin, the leading Test wicket-taker this year, once again turned on the heat against the English batsmen who resumed their chase at 87 for two but lost their last eight wickets for just 71 runs.

The off-spinner, who picked up his 22nd five-wicket haul in the first innings, captured the first scalp of the day by having Ben Duckett caught behind for nought, ending the batsman's brief, 16-ball stay at the crease.

Ashwin and debutant Jayant Yadav finished with three wickets each in England's second innings, while fast bowler Mohammed Shami chipped in with two.

Kohli: Fast nowlers' display the "biggest positive"

"The biggest positives are how the fast bowlers bowled and Jayant's debut. It was lovely to have five bowlers who can pick up wickets," said Kohli.

The morning session saw England lose Moeen Ali who looped up a simple catch to fine leg off leg-spinner Ravindra Jadeja for just two runs.

Off-spinner Yadav got the important wicket of Ben Stokes, top-scorer with 70 in England's first innings, for six.

Joe Root, who was dropped on nine by Kohli at leg slip off Ashwin, provided some resistance until fast bowler Mohammed Shami had him lbw for 25.

Root reviewed the decision but TV replays suggested the ball would have hit the leg stump, upholding the on-field call.

The hosts had reclaimed the advantage on the fourth day after Jadeja trapped England skipper Alastair Cook lbw for 54 on what turned out to be the last ball of the day.

"It was a good toss to win [for India], no doubt. From losing those five wickets on day two - you have to score first-innings runs," said Cook.

England captain Alastair Cook (right) watches on as the tourists fall to defeat.
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England captain Alastair Cook (right) watches on as the tourists fall to defeat.DANISH SIDDIQUIREUTERS

Coook: "We India work very hard"

After conceding a 200-run deficit in the first innings, England will take heart from their spirited bowling second time around.

Fast bowler Stuart Broad, who played with a strained tendon on his right foot from day two, and leg-spinner Adil Rashid fought valiantly by claiming four wickets each to dismiss India for 204.

"We made India work very hard. We played some good cricket at stages in these first two games. We need to win a couple of games to get ourselves back in the series," said Cook.

Third Test gets underway on Saturday

The action now shifts to Mohali for the third Test starting on 26 November.


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