India's victory over England in the recently concluded Test at Vishakhapatnam was the second best for the home team. The margin run of 246 follows only the previous figures dating back to 1986. In the match at Headingley, India won by 279 runs. Apart from this landmarking milestone, the match witnessed several other instances. It had the fifth highest number of overs played by any team in the fourth inning of a test match since 1990 in the country. In its next inning, England batted for 97.3 overs emerging as the fifth longest survivor.
England had one of the lowest run rates in their second inning in the match. Since 1980, they played only a single match with slower run rate than this. In the second test, the visitor scored at the rate of 1.62 runs per over. The only slower run rate in an inning with 40 overs or more was in the match with Sri Lanka at the Oval. In the match the team played 129.2 overs scoring only 181. The run rate was 1.39.
Currently, Ravichandran Ashwin emerged as the highest wicket taker in test in the year. The bowler, in the year played nine matches so far taking down 55 wickets. The test also witnessed the highest number of lbw dismissals for England in the format's history. There were 10 lbws in the match. In overall test history, the figures stand as fourth following two instances for Pakistan and another for New Zealand. Ashwin came up with the best bowling figures in an inning taking down 5 wickets for 67 runs. He bowled 29.5 overs as his highest in an inning. The player is followed by Stuart Broad who took 4 wickets giving out 33 runs. Ashwin's economy was 2.24, while Broad attained the figures 2.35, in his best inning.
Virat Kohli scored the top runs striking 337 in the series so far. He smashed the highest score of the series hammering 167 in the second inning. At the strike rate of 59.22 he delivered 37 fours total batting in four innings. The next batsman to follow the Indian Captain is also form his own team. Cheteshwar Pujara accumulated 262 runs playing four innings at the best strike rate of 55.74. His highest score was 124, which the batsmen struck in the first match. The player hammered 31 fours and two sixes. England batsman Ben Stokes is the top scorer from his team attaining the figures 233. His highest score was 128 and the best strike rate was 51.32. In single inning scores, Virat Kohli stands at the top followed by Alastair Cook with the score of 130.
There are three more test to go in the series. The first test was a draw and Kohli put his team ahead by 1-0 winning the second test. The next match is at Mohali scheduled to begin on November 26. The fifth test, last in the series will be played at Chennai and is set on December 16 to 20. The fourth test at Mumbai will begin on December 8. India will play three ODIs and three T20s after the test series with England.
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