India clinched victory against England in the second Test by 106 runs on Monday. With this win, India leveled the series 1-1 in the five-match series. Setting a target of 399 runs in Visakhapatnam, the host team saw England faltering at 292 runs. Following England’s defeat, Captain Ben Stokes expressed confidence that the target could have been chased down. Stokes also praised India’s formidable fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who claimed a total of 9 wickets in the match, taking 6 wickets in the first innings and 3 in the second. Bumrah was named the Player of the Match.
Commenting after the Visakhapatnam Test, Stokes said, “We were confident in chasing the target in the second innings. The way we’ve been facing challenges and moving forward is commendable. We tend to deliver our best performances when there’s pressure on the scoreboard. It was another splendid game. There’s no suggestion about how our players should play. Everyone in the dressing room is a quality player. They are adept at assessing situations and determining how to proceed in the game.”
England’s team for the second match, like the first Test, consisted of one pacer and three spinners. Stokes said, “I really enjoyed captaining the spinners. What they showcased on Sunday was incredible. They displayed a lot of maturity.” Stokes further commented, “Look at two great fast bowlers we have – Jimmy (James Anderson) and Bumrah. Even when you’re in opposition, you raise your hand for Bumrah; Jimmy is equally a great bowler for us.”