Great Jimmy Anderson spell derails India

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India were bowled out for 192 on the fifth and final day of the first Test in Chennai, losing by 227 runs against England on Tuesday.

It was a day when several records fell.

Joe Root became the 4th English captain to win the 1st Test of a series in India.

Joe Root has 6 wins out of 6 tests in Asia as captain. 

This was India’s fourth consecutive Test loss under Virat Kohli’s captaincy.

Also, this was England’s biggest win in terms of runs (227) in India.

What’s more, it is the 7th biggest win by any visiting team in India and the 4th Test victory for England at Chennai out of 5 Tests.

But the man who made it possible on Day 5 was the Jimmy Anderson, the greatest English pacer of all time.

They lost five wickets in the morning session as James Anderson (3/17) bowled one of the finest spells of reverse swing, ever seen in Indian conditions.

Anderson was terrific with his three-wicket burst in seven overs, including four maidens.

The 38-year-old Anderson showed why he is considered a king of reverse swing, dismissing Gill (50) and Rahane (0) in the same over with deliveries that came in sharply.

The only batsmen who showed some resistance were Kohli (72) and Shubman Gill (50).

Another heart-warming story was the way spinner Jack Leach bounced back from his first innings tribulations and bagged 4 vital wickets, justifying skipper Joe Root’s confidence.

What also stood out was that the Indian batsmen are not the best players of spin anymore.

The English batsmen applied themselves much much better than the Indians and batted for 7 sessions. Even though the pitch helped them and they batted first, they dealt with spin well in the second innings too.

Accolades came in from former English cricketers including former captain, Vaughan.

England 578 (Root 218, Sibley 87, Stokes 82) and 178 (Ashwin 6-61) beat India 337 (Pant 91, Sundar 85*, Pujara 73, Bess 4-76) and 192 (Kohli 72, Leach 4-76) by 227 runs