India announce intent with record victory against England

first_imgIndia recorded their first win over England in five matches at home when the Virat Kohli-led side hammered Alastair Cook’s men by 246 runs in the second Test of the ongoing five-match series. England came into the series on the back of three consecutive Test series victories over India.Chasing an improbable 405-run victory target, England were all out for 158 shortly after lunch on the fifth and final day in the second Test in Visakhapatnam. The touring side lost all 10 of their second-innings wickets for 83 runs after openers Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed combined in a stand of 75 runs on Sunday.After resuming on 87/2, England lost five wickets in the first session and then the last three to off-spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and debutant Jayant Yadav after the lunch break on Day 5. (Match Highlights)India’s Vizag win is also their second-highest in terms of runs over England, bettering their 187-run victory over them in Kolkata on December 30, 1961. India’s highest win margin is 279 runs which they registered on June 19, 1986 in Leeds.ENGLAND A DOMINANT FORCEThe last time England toured India, they emerged 2-1 winners in the four-match series in 2012. However, with revenge in their minds in 2014, MS Dhoni’s brigade started off the five-match series in England with a draw at Trent Bridge, before India registered an infamous 95-run win at Lord’s in the second Test. (Kohli and Joe Root after 50 Tests: Who has the better stats?)But the Lord’s victory was not enough to boost the confidence of India, who looked set for a series victory, but they suffered three consecutive defeats at Southampton, Manchester and the Oval to lose the series 3-1.advertisementEngland have been a dominant force over India in Test cricket in the recent past and stats prove that. In the last 15 Tests, England have defeated India nine times, lost three and three have ended in draws. (India unbeaten at home in 16 Tests since 2012)INDIA’S LAST SERIES WIN CAME IN 2007India last won a series against England in 2007 when Rahul Dravid-led side beat Andrew Strauss’ men 1-0 in a three-match series. However, England have since dominated India in every series with 4-0 win in 2011 at home, followed by 2-1 win in India in 2012 and 3-1 again at home in 2014. (India’s new spin twin Ashwin and Jayant in awe of each other)Interestingly, England came from behind to beat India in their previous two series. In the ongoing series too, England came to India with their backs to the wall following their first-ever Test defeat against Bangladesh. But Cook and Co. performed extremely well and came close to even winning the opening Test in Rajkot where captain Kohli’s class and grit spared India’s blushes. (Don’t want to be complacent, don’t want to be desperate: Kohli)However, India regrouped themselves and rode on Kohli’s 248 runs (167 and 81) and Ashwin’s eight wickets in the match to rout England in Vizag and go 1-0 up in the series.India’s top five victories over England (in terms of runs): Victory Margin Venue Match Date 279 runs Leeds June 19, 1986 246 runs Vizag November 17, 2016 187 runs Kolkata December 30, 1961 140 runs Bangalore January 28, 1977 138 runs Mumbai November 27, 1981last_img

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