Veteran England fast bowler James Anderson and spinner Jack Leach on Tuesday caused havoc, using their swing and spin skills to great effect as India was bundled at 192 handling the win to England on Day Five of the first Test at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday.
Indian team was bowled out on total 192 after James Anderson (three wickets) and Jack Leach (four wickets) helped England to win the first Test by 227 runs.
Resuming the final day on Tuesday at 39/1 in their pursuit of a tall chase of 420, India lost Cheteshwar Pujara early as he was caught in the slips against Jack Leach, after scoring 15 runs off the 38 ball he faced.
Shubman Gill and skipper Virat Kohli then shared a 34-run stand and tried to steady the Indian ship. However, just after reaching his third Test fifty, Gill got out bowled, courtesy a ripper from Anderson. Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane once again failed to perform with the bat as he got out in the same over via an in-swinging delivery from Anderson, thus leaving India in a precarious situation. Rahane, who had scored just one in the first innings, went back to the dressing room without troubling the scorers.
Rishabh Pant, India's batting hero in the first innings, came out with his flambouyant batting approach and scored 11 off 19 before he became the third scalp of Anderson. The 38-year-old came round the wicket to Pant and angled in a delivery into the batsman who managed to get a leading edge to skipper Joe Root standing at short cover.
Washington Sundar, the next batsman in, also couldn't stay long and got out for a duck against Dom Bess. All-rounder Ashwin who impressed with the bowl in the first innings by grabbing six wickets couldn’t stood long on the crease. Soon after Ashwin’s departure skipper Virat Kohli who tried to settle on the crease was bowled with a lower delivery by Ben Stokes. Kohli was bowled on 72.
Meanwhile, England had put 578 on the scoreboard in their first innings in reply to which India posted 337, thus yielding a first innings lead of 241. The visitors then got bundled out for 178, thereby setting a 420-run target for the Indian team.
(With agency inputs)