Visakhapatnam - Ravichandran
Ashwin finished with a match haul of eight wickets as England collapsed
on the last day of the second Test to hand India a thumping 246-run win
and a series lead on Monday.
Chasing an unlikely 405 for victory,
England were bowled out 20 minutes after lunch for 158 as India grabbed
a 1-0 lead in the five-match series, after the first Test was drawn.
Virat Kohli led from the front to bring up the team's second biggest
win against England by runs, after they won by 279 runs at Leeds 30
Kohli's sparkling 167 and his 226-run third-wicket
stand with Cheteshwar Pujara (119) in the first innings was instrumental
in the hosts posting 455 after batting first.
The star batsman also hit a gritty 81 in the second innings to underline India's dominance over the visitors.
been playing some really good cricket, we don't want to be complacent
but don't want to be desperate, either. We respect England," said Kohli,
who was named man of the match.
Ashwin, the leading Test
wicket-taker this year, once again turned on the heat against the
English batsmen who resumed their chase at 87 for two but lost their
last eight wickets for just 71 runs.
The off-spinner, who picked
up his 22nd five-wicket haul in the first innings, captured the first
scalp of the day by having Ben Duckett caught behind for nought, ending
the batsman's brief, 16-ball stay at the crease.
debutant Jayant Yadav finished with three wickets each in England's
second innings, while fast bowler Mohammed Shami chipped in with two.
biggest positives are how the fast bowlers bowled and Jayant's debut.
It was lovely to have five bowlers who can pick up wickets," said Kohli.
The morning session saw England
lose Moeen Ali who looped up a simple catch to fine leg off leg-spinner
Ravindra Jadeja for just two runs.
Off-spinner Yadav got the important wicket of Ben Stokes, top-scorer with 70 in England's first innings, for six.
Root, who was dropped on nine by Kohli at leg slip off Ashwin, provided
some resistance until fast bowler Mohammed Shami had him lbw for 25.
Root reviewed the decision but TV replays suggested the ball would have hit the leg stump, upholding the on-field call.
hosts had reclaimed the advantage on the fourth day after Jadeja
trapped England skipper Alastair Cook lbw for 54 on what turned out to
be the last ball of the day.
"It was a good toss to win (for
India), no doubt. From losing those five wickets on day two - you have
to score first-innings runs," said Cook.
After conceding a 200-run deficit in the first innings, England will take heart from their spirited bowling second time around.
bowler Stuart Broad, who played with a strained tendon on his right
foot from day two, and leg-spinner Adil Rashid fought valiantly by
claiming four wickets each to dismiss India for 204.
India work very hard. We played some good cricket at stages in these
first two games. We need to win a couple of games to get ourselves back
in the series," said Cook.
The action now shifts to Mohali for the third Test starting November 26.