The visitors England won the opening game of the four-match Test series against the hosts India by 227 runs at Chennai and have taken the 1-0 lead in this series.
While the visitors scored 578 runs in their first innings of this Test after choosing to bat first, the hosts replied with 337 runs. England decided to not enforce India to the follow-on and scored 178 runs before getting all out in their second innings.
While India had the target of 420 runs in the fourth innings, they were bundled out for just 192 runs.
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
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India vs England 2021, 1st Test: Stats Review
i) England were all out for 578 in their first innings.
– highest Test innings total for the visitors in India
- Since the beginning of 2012, it is the highest total for the visitors in a Test innings in India. The previous record in this list was 537 by England at Rajkot in November 2016.
– 2nd highest total for England in India
- It was England’s second-highest total in a Test innings in India. Their record is 652/7 decl. at Chennai in January 1985.
ii) England won this Test match by 227 runs.
– first Test victory in India in last nine years
- It was England’s first Test victory in India since December 2012. Before this win, the English team drew twice and then they faced four successive Test defeats in India.
– largest Test victory in India
- It is their largest Test victory (by runs) in India. Their previous largest Test victory (by runs) was winning by 212 runs during the 2006 Mumbai Test.
India – first home Test defeat since March 2017
i) The hosts India lost this Test by 227 runs. It was their first home Test defeat since March 2017. Their previous home Test defeat was during the Pune Test against Australia in February 2017. During this period, India remained unbeaten in 14 home Tests, where they won 11 home Tests and drew the other three matches.
– ended 8-match home Test winning streak
ii) This defeat also ended India eight-match Test winning streak at home, which ran between June 2018 and November 2019.
– 3rd spinner to claim a wicket on the very first ball of a Test innings
i) Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took a wicket on the very first ball of the third innings of this Test match after dismissing the opposition opener Rory Burns. Ashwin became the only third spinner to pick up a wicket on the very first ball of a Test innings. Both such first two incidents happened more than 100 years ago as English left-arm spinner Bobby Peel (in the year of 1888) and South African leg-spinner Bert Vogler (in the year of 1907).
– 3rd time Test 6-wicket haul against the English team
ii) Ravichandran Ashwin registered his third six-wicket haul against England in Test career. He became the fourth Indian bowler to claim at least three 6-wicket hauls against the English team in Test cricket. Former leg-spinners Anil Kumble and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan are also in this list as both achieved this feat for thrice each. Meanwhile, former leg-spinner Bhagwath Chandrasekhar is holding the record in this list with four times 6-wicket hauls against the English team in Test cricket.
– 101 international wickets against England
iii) Ravichandran Ashwin has already taken 101 international wickets against England. He became the third Indian bowler to claim 100 international wickets against England. The other two names in this list are legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble (117 wickets) and legendary right-arm pacer Kapil Dev (113 wickets).
Ishant Sharma – 300 Test wickets
i) Playing his 98th Test match, Ishant Sharma completed his 300 Test wickets.
– 3rd pacer for his country
- Ishant Sharma became the third Indian pacer to pick up 300 Test wickets. The other two names in this list are Kapil Dev (434 wickets) and Zaheer Khan (311 wickets).
– 6th bowler for his country
- Ishant Sharma became the sixth Indian bowler to claim 300 Test wickets.
Virat Kohli – 4th most run-scorer as a Test captain
i) As an Indian captain, Virat Kohli has scored 5303 Test runs. Surpassing former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd (5233 runs), Kohli became the fourth most run-scorer as a Test captain.
|Player (Team)||Runs scored as a Test captain|
|Graeme Smith (South Africa/ICC World XI)||8659|
|Allan Border (Australia)||6623|
|Ricky Ponting (Australia)||6542|
|Virat Kohli (India)||5303|
|Clive Lloyd (West Indies)||5233|
James Anderson – 2nd best 4th innings bowling figures as an English pacer in India
i) In the fourth innings of this Test, England pacer James Anderson had the bowling figures of 11-4-17-3. It was the second-best bowling figures for an English pacer during the fourth innings of a Test match in India. Their best record is 11-4-14-3 by Andrew Flintoff during 2006 Mumbai Test.