After five days of high octane cricket, the result was decided with an Indian collapse.
Bowled out for 192, chasing 420, India’s saving grace during their second innings was that their captain, Virat Kohli seemed to find some form.
However, they will have a lot to learn going forward from this test match.
In England’s first innings, India dropped catches, most notably of Joe Root when he was on 51, and at times their line and length were short. Ishant Sharma worked his arse off throughout both innings, but received little support at the other end, apart from when Ashwin was bowling.
India should I believe go for Kuldeep Yadav for the second test and leave one of Sundar or Nadeem out, given Nadeem’s expensiveness during the game, it would be fair for him to sit out.
For England, this couldn’t have been a better game. Joe Root’s 100th test match saw him score a double century, and an English victory. He’ll remember that for a long time to come. And then of course there’s Jimmy Anderson.
The over he boweld during the final day that took a series of wickets has got to go down in the history books. It was a phenomenal over, and proves that he can deliver when it truly matters.
The first test rightly went to England, but neither side can rest on their laurels. India showed moments of brilliance during the game, and there are chinks in England’s armour. We’re in for a very intriguing series.