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Bumrah, Ashwin seal India's emphatic win

Bumrah, Ashwin seal India's emphatic win

Bumrah, Ashwin seal India's emphatic win

India's bowlers produced a tremendous performance as they bowled the home team to a 106-run win over England in the second Test at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam. With this win India have levelled the five-Test series 1-1.

Continuing from their overnight score of 67 for one, England had a horrible start. Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin chipped in with quick wickets.

Rehan Ahmed (23:31b, 5x4), Ollie Pope (23:21b, 5x4) and Ben Duckett (28:27b, 6x4) all started well but fell to the brilliance of Indian spinners. Zak Crawley (73:132b, 8x4, 1x6) looked solid at the crease and was looking set for a big ton before getting trapped by Kuldeep Yadav.

Jasprit Bumrah chipped in as well and sent Jonny Bairstow (26:36b, 2x4, 2x6) packing to leave England at 194 for six.

Skipper Ben Stokes tried to get going but the brilliance of Shreyas Iyer saw him back in the hut. Ben Foakes(36: 69b, 4z4, 1x6) and Tom Hartley revived the hopes of the England fans with their 55-run partnership for the eighth wicket.

But Bumrah exhibited his class and removed the keeper-batter Foakes with a slower delivery. He then removed Hartley (36:47b, 5x4, 1x6) to wrap up the English innings for 292 and win the game for his team by 106 runs.

Bumrah stood out for the hosts -- playing three spinners and two seamers -- with figures of 6-45 to bowl out England for 253 as India took a crucial lead of 143 after the first innings in Visakhapatnam.

He got key dismissals with his reverse swing to go past 150 Test wickets in his 34th match and surpass his previous best figures at home of 5-24 against Sri Lanka in 2022.

"Today was a good day. I got six wickets but it's not going to happen every other day," the 30-year-old said.

"When the good days happen, try and enjoy it and take that confidence."

Bumrah got Joe Root caught at slip for five, and then brought the house down when he bowled first-Test hero Ollie Pope for 23 with a trademark yorker.

"To get Root and Pope at that time was very important for us," he said.

"That wicket does not do a lot and the wicket was a little on the slower side."

His 150th Test wicket came as he bowled Ben Stokes with another delivery that held its line and rattled the stumps, leaving the captain looking puzzled.

"I don't know what Stokes was thinking but that was the only delivery when I attempted an outswing but the ball went straight," said Bumrah.

"We know how dangerous a batsman he is when he bats with the lower order as he bats with freedom and takes a lot of chances," he added.

"He was a crucial wicket at that time."

Bumrah's exploits with the ball were applauded from the opposition camp as Zak Crawley praised the pace spearhead's skills, despite hitting him for four boundaries in one over.

"Fantastic spell in those conditions," Crawley, who top-scored for England with 76, said of Bumrah.

"He bowled some cracking deliveries and mixed it up very well."

Match Summary
India (1st Innings): 396 (112)
England (1st Innings): 253 (55.5)
India (2nd Innings): 255 (78.3)

England (2nd Innings): 292 (69.2)
Fall of wickets: 2-95 (Rehan Ahmed-21.5 ov), 3-132 (Ollie Pope-28.2 ov), 4-154 (Joe Root-30.6 ov), 5-194 (Zak Crawley-41.6 ov), 6-194 (Jonny Bairstow-42.4 ov), 7-220 (Ben Stokes-52.4 ov), 8-275 (Ben Foakes-64.6 ov), 9-281 (Shoaib Bashir-67.3 ov), 10-292 (Tom Hartley-69.2 ov)

Venue - Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam

Toss - India elected to bat

Umpires - Chris Gaffaney(New Zealand), Marais Erasmus(South Africa), Paul Reiffel(Australia TV)

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