The four-match Test series between England and India is level at 1-1 after the hosts claimed a 317-run victory on day 4 in Chennai.
Joe Root’s side were bowled out for 164 in their second innings, with debutant Axar Patel taking a five-wicket haul.
England started the day facing a gargantuan task, at 53/3 in a fourth innings chase of 482, and were ultimately unable to complete what would’ve been a miraculous escape.
Dan Lawrence was the first to go, stumped by Rishabh Pant off a quicker ball from Ravi Ashwin, who also had Ben Stokes caught by Virat Kohli at second slip not long after.
Ollie Pope was caught in the deep slog sweeping to midwicket before Ben Foakes fell on the eve of lunch off the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav.
England’s resistance after the break lasted a little more than 10 overs, Patel removing first Joe Root for a defiant 33 and then Olly Stone.
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) February 16, 2021
But Moeen Ali is not one to go down without a fight and he took the attack to the hosts, making 43 off just 18 balls and connecting with some sensational strikes before he was stumped to bring the innings to an end.
With the series now level at one apiece, the teams move to the newly-built Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad, for the third Test. That will be a day/night game, which means a later start for us and perhaps more swing for Jimmy and co.
Speaking to Channel 4 after the game, Root suggested his team needed to learn from the defeat ahead of their next meeting.
🗣️ 'It's very important we stay level as a team'.@root66 isn't panicking after England's heavy defeat in the second Test and says the series is set up nicely as they head to Ahmedabad. 🇮🇳🏴#channel4cricket #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/XhkmuxfKCO
— Channel 4 Sport (@C4Sport) February 16, 2021
As for Kohli, he has drawn some criticism for the way he has dealt with the umpires in this Test match – with The Mirror suggesting it could see him miss the next Test.
England legend Darren Gough has provided a passionate defence of him on talkSPORT, suggesting he didn’t overstep the mark.
🔥 “Kohli’s a very passionate man.”
👏 “He’s great as a captain and he is great as an individual player!”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) February 16, 2021
It remains to be seen whether any action will be taken but we hope to see him out there for the third Test, you want to see the world’s best players in the middle!
The third Test gets underway next Wednesday, it looks set to be an absolute cracker with England hungry to bounce back.