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England secure one of greatest Test wins as Tom Hartley spins out India with seven wickets

England secured one of their greatest Test victories with Tom Hartley’s seven-wicket haul on debut following Ollie Pope’s divine 196 as the tourists completed a 28-run comeback win over India in Hyderabad.

The tourists looked on the brink of defeat on the third afternoon when they slumped to 163-5 in their second innings and still trailed by 27, but Pope and Hartley engineered a stunning revival.

India were bowled out for 202 chasing 231 as spin bowler Hartley had last man Mohammed Siraj (12) stumped by wicketkeeper Ben Foakes in the dying embers of day four, ending with 7-62 from 26.2 overs having been creamed for 2-131 from 25 in the first innings.

Pope was last out on the fourth morning having helped his side from a perilous position to 420 all out, adding 80 with Hartley (34) for the eighth wicket after England resumed on 316-6 leading by 126.

Hartley then removed four of India’s top five, including Rohit Sharma (39), as the hosts plummeted to 119-7 before he returned to snap a 78-run stand between KS Bharat (28) and Ravichandran Ashwin (28) that had dragged India to within 55 runs of victory.

Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah (6no) threatened to take the game into a fifth day, adding 25 for the last wicket, but Hartley had the final say as England clinched a staggering turnaround on the subcontinent.

Score summary – England beat India by 28 runs

India 202 all out in second innings: Tom Hartley (7-62), Rohit Sharma (39), KS Bharat (28), Ravichandran Ashwin (28)

England 420 all out in second innings: Ollie Pope (196), Ben Duckett (47); Jasprit Bumrah (4-41), Ravichandran Ashwin (3-126)

India 436 all out in first innings: Ravindra Jadeja (87), KL Rahul (86), Yashasvi Jaiswal (80); Joe Root (4-79), Rehan Ahmed (2-105)

England 246 all out in first innings: Ben Stokes (70); Ravichandran Ashwin (3-68), Ravindra Jadeja (3-88), Jasprit Bumrah (2-28)

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Pope rallied England from 163-5 to 420 all out in Hyderabad

England stun India after making history

The magnitude of England’s victory cannot be overstated.

Never before had India lost a Test at home in which they had led by 100 runs or more on first innings – their advantage here was 190 after countering England’s 246 with 436 – while Hartley suffered a chastening first innings, with his first and fifth balls smashed for six by Yashasvi Jaiswal en route to eye-watering figures.

Pope, dropped on 110 by Axar Patel and 186 by KL Rahul, hit England’s highest second-innings score in India, after Sir Alastair Cook’s 176 in 2012, showing composure in defence and innovation in attack during a 112-run stand with Foakes (34) for the sixth wicket and half-century alliances with Hartley and Rehan Ahmed (28).

Ollie Pope catches Shubman Gill at silly point (Getty Images)
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Pope followed his 196 with the bat by taking two sharp catches up close to the wicket off Hartley

Hartley, perhaps buoyed by his runs with the bat, then recovered from his beastly first-innings with the ball, stepping up with senior spinner Jack Leach hampered by a bruised left knee.

The left-armer combined with Pope in the 12th over of the chase as the latter caught Jaiswal (15) and Shubman Gill (0) at short leg and silly point respectively, before he trapped Rohit lbw and pouched Axar Patel (17) off his own bowling.

Hartley returned later on, clinching his five-wicket haul by bowling Bharat off stump with a beauty and then having Ashwin stumped, before he saw off Siraj in the final over of the extra half hour.

England Test series in India 2024

  • First Test – England win by 28 runs in Hyderabad
  • Second Test – February 2-6 (Vizag)
  • Third Test – February 15-19 (Rajkot)
  • Fourth Test – February 23-27 (Ranchi)
  • Fifth Test – March 7-11 (Dharamshala)

Captain Ben Stokes – a man who has fostered a never-beaten ethos in this England team since taking over in 2022 – played his part, too.

He sensationally ran out Ravindra Jadeja (2) with a reverse underarm flick, showing tremendous athleticism months after knee surgery, while he was rewarded for a bowling change when Leach nicked off Shreyas Iyer (13) with the second ball of his spell – India seven down at that point after Root had trapped Rahul (22) lbw.

England move ahead in five-match series

England will head to Vizag for Friday’s second Test brimming with confidence, having inflicted just a fourth home defeat in 47 matches on India, who have won their previous 16 home series since going down 2-1 to Cook’s tourists in late 2012.

England showed skill and guts to fight back in this game, with the victory surely rivalling any in their history and secured thanks to contributions from a batter in Pope playing his first match since June after a shoulder dislocation and a novice bowler in Hartley.

Pope managed more runs in his second-innings century than he did across eight knocks on the 2021 tour of India, when he limped to 153 runs at an average of 19.12 with a top-score of 34 as England lost 3-1.

Vice-captain Pope was skittish first time around in Hyderabad, making one from 11 balls, but sublime in the second after overcoming a nervy start, with sweeps, reverse sweeps and reverse scoops taking him to a fifth Test century and past 150 for the second time.

England's Ollie Pope struck 148 not out from 208 balls on day three of the first Test
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Ollie Pope’s knock was the highest by an Englishman in the second innings of a Test match in India

Pope was unable to notch his second double ton, after his 205 against Ireland last summer, falling four runs short as he was bowled on the reverse scoop by Bumrah (4-41) – but his efforts ensured England added 104 runs to their overnight total, in just 25.1 overs.

Bumrah had earlier nicked off the enterprising Rehan, snapping a stand of 64 with Pope, while Ashwin bowled Hartley with a grubber before Jadeja had Mark Wood caught behind for a duck.

Wood was denied the wicket of Rohit early in the chase as Zak Crawley dropped the India skipper on five at slip but that did not matter in the end with England earning a victory that will live long in the memory – hours after West Indies had claimed a famous win of their own, over Australia in Brisbane.

India vs England fixtures

  • First Test, Hyderabad: England beat India by 28 runs
  • Second Test, Visakhapatnam: Friday February 2 – Tuesday February 6
  • Third Test, Rajkot: Thursday February 15 – Monday February 19
  • Fourth Test, Ranchi: Friday February 23 – Tuesday February 27
  • Fifth Test, Dharamshala: Thursday March 7 – Monday March 11

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