Joe Root led England to a convincing 227-run victory over India in the opening Test on Tuesday, boosting their hopes of winning a rare series against the hosts on their own pitch.
Spinner Jack Leach took four wickets and fast bowler James Anderson took three as India were bowled out for 192 on the final day in pursuit of a record 420 for victory.
The victory was the most impressive for England as they beat the hosts for the first time since 1988 at India’s Gabba Ground in Brisbane, just a month after India’s upset series victory in Australia.
After this victory, England captain Root outscored India, with his batting and tactics.
He became the first batsman to score a double century in his 100th Test when he scored 578 in the first innings of 218 runs.
He was also the top scorer with 40 in the second innings of 178.
India could never chase after the early hit of the night with Cheteshwar Pujara’s 15-wicket haul and Anderson also used his reverse swing on the worn pitch.
Shabman Gul completed his third Test fifty in his fourth game before Anderson snatched his off stump. After three balls, he cleared Ajinkya Rahane without a single.
Anderson got India’s first innings hero Pant with 11 runs and spinner Dom Base got the wicket of Washington Sundar but India slipped to 117-6.
India captain Virat Kohli fought the battle alone, reaching the 24th Test fifty before being bowled by Ben Stokes.
Leach and fast bowler Joffra Archer breathed a sigh of relief.
Root scored 228 and 186, respectively, behind the match-winning score against Sri Lanka last month. India, who were bowled out for 337 in their first innings, chased down the record after Leach sent back Rohit Sharma for 12 at the end of four days.
The second Test kicks off on Saturday at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai with the permission of spectators – the first test for Indian cricket since the outbreak of the corona virus epidemic.