India defeated England in the second Test against England at the VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam, securing a thrilling 106-run win and levelling the series 1-1. Chasing a daunting target of 399, England battled valiantly but ultimately fell short, succumbing to a disciplined bowling attack led by the seasoned Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin.
India's victory was built on a solid foundation laid by Yashasvi Jaiswal's sensational double-century (209), Shubman Gill's gritty century (126) and Jasprit Bumrah's nine-wicket match haul. Today, India started off the day requiring just 9 wickets to seal the deal and the bowlers got the job done in less than two sessions. The regular fall of wickets did not help England's cause and that eventually proved costly as they never quite got hold of any sort of momentum.
For England, the defeat will be a bitter pill to swallow, especially after their dominant performance in the first Test. However, they can take heart from their fight so as to try and put up a better show in Rajkot, which is the venue of the 3rd Test match between these two teams.
India's WTC Standing improves!
India's win over England in the second Test at Visakhapatnam wasn't just a series equalizer, it also propelled them to the coveted second spot in the World Test Championship points table. Their dominant performance saw their percentage points jump to 52.77, leapfrogging South Africa, New Zealand, and Bangladesh in the process.
Starting the match in fifth place, India capitalized on their 106-run victory to climb the rankings. While Australia continues to reign supreme with a 55% PCT, India's rise adds further intrigue to the WTC race. England are struggling at the eighth position and will need to keep a check on their performances as they will be eager to contest the Final of this edition, having missed out the last couple of times. The upcoming three Tests promise to be a fiery encounter, as both teams vie for the Anthony de Mello Trophy and crucial WTC points.