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IndvsEng: India thump England by 317 runs, level the series 1-1

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The Test series will now moveAhmedabad where the upcoming third Test, which will be a day/night test with pink ball, begins on February 24.


In  the spin-friendly conditions, Homesiders thumped England by 317 runs in the second Test to level the series 1-1. India out England for 164 in its second innings. The victory was crucial for India in the context of World Test Championship as they need to win the series at least with a 2-1 or better to make the cut for the title clash against New Zealand.

In pursuit of an improbable 482-run target on a difficult pitch, England began at the overnight score of 53 for three but their batsmen struggled to counter the spin challenge posed by the home bowlers.


Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin first sent back Dan Lawrence (26) and then removed Stokes (8) to add to the misery of the visitors.
Axar Patel (5/60) enticed a lofted sweep from Ollie Pope (12), who was caught by Ishant Sharma. Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav got his first wicket when he had Ben Foakes (2) caught by Patel.


Skipper Joe Root (33) kept one end tight in the morning session but struggled to handle ball from Patel that bounced a bit too much and was caught in the slip region.


Once Root was back in the pavilion, it was not difficult for India to wrap up the proceedings though Moeen Ali hit an attacking 43 but the beautiful stumping by Rishabh pant forced him to back to the pravillion.

Axar Patel got his first 5 wicket haul and Ravi Ashwin picked 3 wickets as Kuldeep Yadav picked 2.

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