India vs England 2021, 1st Test: Day 5 – James Anderson And Jack Leach Guide England To Easy Series-Leading Victory
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India vs England 2021, 1st Test: Day 5 – James Anderson And Jack Leach Guide England To Easy Series-Leading Victory

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The visitors England have taken the 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series against the hosts India after claiming a big win by 227 runs in the opening Test of this series at Chennai.

Chasing down the mammoth 420 runs target in the fourth innings, the hosts India started the day on their overnight score of 39/1. During the second session of the day, the hosts were bowled out for 192 runs.

India vs England 2021, 1st Test: Day 5 – James Anderson thrashed India’s confidence at lunch

In the seventh over of the day, Jack Leach took the crucial wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara (15) while the Indian team only managed to add 19 runs in that morning session.

But then skipper Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill tried to control the morning session. During that partnership, Gill completed his half-century in 81 balls.

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Shubman Gill [Image Credits: Getty Images]
However, soon after that, the senior England pacer James Anderson destroyed the Indian batting line-up as he dismissed most of the crucial Indian batsmen in that morning session.

After the 34 runs partnership for the third wicket, Gill (50 off 83 balls; 7 fours and 1 six) lost his wicket as Anderson bowled him with a brilliant delivery. In that same 27th over of that innings, Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed for a duck.

Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant became the next victim of Anderson, who only scored 11 runs.

Another India’s first innings hero Washington Sundar (0) lost his wicket in the next over as Dom Bess took his wicket.

James Anderson picked up three wickets at lunch. At lunch, he had the impressive bowling figures of 7-4-8-3. Meanwhile, India were struggling on 144/6.

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James Anderson (Image Credit: Twitter)

For the seventh wicket, Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin fought hard and tried to resist. But around the one hour mark of the second session, Leach broke that partnership by dismissing Ashwin for just 9 runs.

Earlier, in that second session, Kohli completed his half-century. Kohli and Ashwin put the 54 runs partnership for the seventh wicket.

Virat Kohli, India, England, 1st Test, India vs England
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Soon after Ashwin’s dismissal, Ben Stokes bowled Kohli, who was batting on 72 runs off 104 balls (9 fours). Later, Leach dismissed Shahbaz Nadeem (0) while Jofra Archer took the wicket of Jasprit Bumrah (4) to wrap up the game.

While Jack Leach finished that innings with the bowling figures of 26-4-76-4, James Anderson had the bowling figures of 11-4-17-3.

Brief Scores: England – 578 (Joe Root 218, Dom Sibley 87; Jasprit Bumrah 3/84) & 178 (Joe Root 40, Ollie Pope 28; Ravichandran Ashwin 6/61)

India – 337 (Rishabh Pant 91, Washington Sundar 85*; Dom Bess 4/76) & 192 (Virat Kohli 72, Shubman Gill 50; Jack Leach 4/76)

Result – England won by 227 runs