England continues their brilliant run in the subcontinent as they clinch the series opener. The tourists bowled India out for 192 to win the match by 227 runs. Despite captain Virat Kohli’s valiant knock of 72, India succumbed on a weathered out fifth-day pitch at the Chepauk. Apart from Shubman Gill and Kohli, none of the other Indian batsmen were able to cross the 20 run mark.
On the other hand, it was James Anderson’s masterclass of reverse swing with the old ball. And Jack Leach’s four wickets helped the tourists register a memorable win. Captain Joe Root has been adjudged as the Player of the Match Award in his 100th Test match for the double century in the first innings and 40 in the second.
Records that tumbled
1 – This is the first time Virat Kohli has lost four Test matches in a row as captain. The streak started Down Under in New Zealand where India was whitewashed in the two-match series. The result didn’t go in his favor in his only Test in Australia as the team was bowled out for just 36 in the second innings.
1 – This is also the first time since 2008 that any bowler has bowled out two top-six India batsmen in one over – previous occasion was SA’s Makhaya Ntini, who castled Laxman and Ganguly in the 8th over in Ahmedabad.
4 – The defeat is only India’s fourth defeat at home in the last 10 years. The last time India was defeated at home was back in 2017. And it was Australia who had achieved the feat in Pune.
6 – The win is England’s sixth consecutive Test win in Asia. The streak is the second-best for any visiting team in the subcontinent. If England wins the next Test match they will equal Australia’s record of seven consecutive wins in Asia between 2002 and 2004.
8 – James Anderson’s spell was the eighth time he’d taken at least three wickets in a spell lasting five overs or less. All eight of those instances have been since 2015.