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Bairstow fumes, Stokes blunders as Poms can’t repeat Bazball chase magic, India levels series

India has won the second Test in Visakhapatnam by 106 runs despite a commendable batting performance from England’s Bazballers on Monday.

England shouldn’t have even come to chasing the 399-run target at Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Stadium – no touring side has chased more than 163 in India this century, while England’s highest fourth-innings total in the South Asian nation was 5-241, achieved back in 1964.

However, Ben Stokes’ men soaked up 69.2 overs at the crease, bowled out for 292 as India equalled the five-match series at 1-1.

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“We had full belief in ourselves that we could chase that down,” captain Stokes said during the post-match presentation.

“The way in which we go about taking on challenges like that is what we’re about.

“Unfortunately we didn’t end up on the right side of the result.”

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India’s Jasprit Bumrah. Photo by DIBYANGSHU SARKAR / AFPSource: AFP

Highest fourth-innings totals by touring Test sides in India

5-299 — Sri Lanka in Delhi, 2017

292 — England in Visakhapatnam, 2024

5-276 — West Indies in Delhi, 1987

6-272 — New Zealand in Ahmedabad, 2003

7-270 — West Indies in Chennai, 1967

England needed a further 332 runs when play resumed on Monday morning while the hosts were hunting nine wickets. Nightwatcher Rehan Ahmed survived the first 30 minutes before spinner Axar Patel deceived the teenager through the air, trapping him on the pads for 23.

Indian tweaker Ravichandran Ashwin wreaked havoc during the morning session, knocking over Ollie Pope and Joe Root in quick succession. Captain Rohit Sharma held onto a stunning grab at first slip to send Pope back to the sheds for 23, while Root was caught at short third man after top-edging a wild slog for 16.

Kuldeep Yadav joined the party soon after, removing opener Zak Crawley for 73 as India successfully overturned an LBW shout that Hawkeye suggested was crashing into leg stump. On what was ultimately the final delivery of the morning session, speedster Jasprit Bumrah thudded a delivery into Jonny Bairstow’s pads, with the Yorkshireman departing for 26. Before unsuccessfully calling for a review, Bairstow briefly butted heads with Ashwin, who celebrated the dismissal in his direction.

England’s woes continued after the lunch break, with Stokes needlessly run out for 11 following a leisurely jog between the wickets, caught short by less than an inch after Shreyas Iyer’s direct hit at the striker’s end. It felt as though England still had a chance with Stokes at the crease, but his dismissal sucked the energy out of the run chase.

Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes and spinner Tom Hartley sent a scare through the Indian camp with a 55-run stand for the eighth wicket, the highest partnership of the innings. However, Bumrah was once again the hero for India, producing a gorgeous slower ball that Foakes chipped back for a return catch, gone for 36.

The Indian quicks cleaned up the tail, with Mukesh Kumar removing England debutant Shoaib Bashir for his maiden Test wicket before Bumrah bowled Hartley for 36.

“The last couple of years, England has been playing really good cricket,” Sharma said during the post-match presentation.

“We knew it was not going to be an easy series for us.

“To win this game is quite pleasing, but we know the series has not ended here.

“Three to go.”

The third Test between India and England gets underway at Rajkot’s Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on February 15. Ashwin, who was left stranded on 499 Test scalps, will almost certainly become the second Indian to reach the 500-wicket milestone next week.

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