India VS. England: Root’s Double and Anderson’s Brilliance Give England a Win in Chennai

India’s 227 run defeat to England is their first defeat at home since the Pune Test against Australia in 2017.

The loss is India’s first against England at home since 2012 and first in Chennai since 1999.

After a historic win at the Gabba, the Indian side was quickly bought to the ground after England’s magnificent display.

Batting first, England played through two days and 191 overs.

England made the surface look easy, which it was at first but started misbehaving as the Test went on.

In his 100th Test, Joe Root was a class apart with a remarkable double century

In his 100th Test, Joe Root continued his run with a double century, to go with a double century and a 186 in Sri Lanka.

After putting a daunting score on the board, England bowled India out for 337.

The Indians managed a fight and looked close to avoiding the follow-on at one stage, with Pant making an aggressive 91 and Pujara making a steady 73.

After some early wickets, the two batsmen steadied the ship, and Washington Sundar made 85 to get India closer to the follow-on score.

Despite the large lead, England chose to bat again to set India an unreasonable target.

Joe Root played positive Cricket, but some good bowling from Ravichandran Ashwin allowed India to bowl England out for 178.

Ashwin finished with six wickets, and England set India a target of 420.

With India looking at a record chase, the batsmen set out on a final day pitch, with the pitch misbehaving more and many footmarks on the surface.

Each delivery disturbed the surface while the ball began to reverse.

James Anderson exploited the reverse swing on offer; he took three wickets and looked unplayable.

He took his overall tally to 611, leaving him eight wickets shy of Anil Kumble.

The Indians began the chase positively, with Shubman Gill playing his shots, but were derailed as soon as Pujara was dismissed.

James Anderson displays incredible skill and control of reverse swing as he took crucial wickets to dent India. He is now eight Wickets away from Anil Kumble’s Test tally

Following Pujara’s dismissal, Anderson bowled two beauties to send Gill and Rahane back to the pavilion.

The spell left India with minimal chances of drawing the game, as Virat Kohli stood alone in his comeback Test.

Virat Kohli stood tall among the others making 72 and looked solid before being bowled by Ben Stokes’s shooter.

James Anderson finished with three wickets, while Jake Leach took four.

Jake Leach took the crucial wicket of Pujara while he went through Rohit Sharma on the fourth evening to get England rolling.

While Leach bowled well, Dom Bess was a little inconsistent in the second innings, and Virat Kohli targeted him with ease.

Despite the brief resistance from India’s captain, England wrapped up a nice win.

They lead the series 1-0, with another Test in Chennai and two more in Ahmedabad.

The win may bring to light England’s preparation, as they could only get three days in Chennai but managed to find similar conditions in Sri Lanka.

Having played in Sri Lanka may have helped the side, while India played their first Test at home since November 2019.

Both sides will be looking at some changes for the next Test.

Jos Butler will be leaving the team, with Ben Foakes slotting in his place.

Ravichandran Ashwin took six wickets in the second innings to continue his good run of form

Ben Foakes has been on the sidelines for a while and was the man-of-the-series during England’s 3-0 victory against Sri Lanka in 2018.

India, on the other hand, may look into their spin attack.

With Ravindra Jadeja injured, Washington Sundar and Shahbaz Nadeem came into the side to fulfill the need of a left-arm spinner and all-rounder.

While Washington Sundar did well with the bat, Nadeem struggled with the ball.

He took four wickets but bowled nine no-balls.

With Kuldeep Yadav waiting in the wings, India may look at him for the second Test, as the match is vital to India’s WTC hopes.

Before the series, India needed at least a 2-1 win to qualify for the finals.

With the defeat, India now needs to ensure they don’t lose, as another loss will put them out of the running for the finals.

On the other hand, England has now won their sixth Test on the trot and seems strong enough to add to their tally, going into Chennai for the second Test.

Sanjay Sanapoori

A mechanical engineering student, who has immense love for cricket. Been a fan of the game since 2009 and would love to stay involved with Cricket someway or the other.