NEW DELHI, Nov. 21: Ravichandran Ashwin and Jayant Yadav shared six wickets between them to guide India to a huge 246-run win against England on the fifth and final day of the second Test in Visakhapatnam, thereby securing a 1-0 lead in the five-match series on Monday. Chasing 405, England crumbled to 158 all out just four overs into the second session in a dominant performance by the home spinners, led by Ashwin who finished with match figures of 8/117 with debutant Jayant Yadav picking up 3/30 in second innings.
England, who lost their first two wickets in 60 overs, capitulated under sustained pressure on the final day, with Indian bowlers picking the remaining eight within 37 overs.
A sorry collapse in which they lost their 10 wickets for 83 runs after a 75-run opening stand - a defiant display put up by Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed as they blunted the Indian attack, sowing seeds of a spirited fight in their chase of a mammoth target. Monday morning extinguished those faint hopes with the hosts landing quick blows, picking five wickets within the first session and then completing the formality just fours overs into the second with Jayant and Ashwin wiping off the tail to extend India's unbeaten run to 16 Tests at home.
England's best hope for survival rested on the shoulders of Joe Root who had Ben Duckett, a walking wicket, for company. And soon, Duckett added another chapter to his wretched tour of the subcontinent, caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha off Ashwin for a 16-ball duck. Unlike Day 4, when India had to wait for over 50 overs for their first scalp, they had an early success, taking 33 deliveries to make the first strike.
Jadeja, as usual, was quickly going through his overs, not allowing the batsmen to settle in with a probing line. Moeen Ali was the new man in and Jadeja got one to pitch on the rough from where the ball bounced, took the shoulder of his bat and flew to Man of the Match Virat Kohli who completed the catch standing at backward short leg.
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