VISAKHAPATNAM: India spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Jayant Yadav picked up three wickets apiece in the second innings as the hosts beat England by 246 runs on Monday to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Chasing 405 for a win, England were all out for 158 shortly after lunch on the fifth and final day in the first test match being played in the port city of Visakhapatnam.
Earlier, England openers Monday morning failed to chase the big target as Indian bowlers landed quick blows, reducing them to 142/7 at lunch on the fifth and final day of the second Test in Visakhapatnam.
England’s best hope for survival rested on the shoulders of Joe Root who had Ben Duckett. Duckett added another chapter to his wretched tour of India, caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha off Ravichandran Ashwin for a 16-ball duck.
Later, Moeen Ali was caught by Virat Kohli at backward short leg. Ben Stokes, who scored a fighting 70 in the first innings, was done in by an excellent delivery from Jayant Yadav as he got one to turn sharply that beat the left-hander and crashed on the off-stump.
England had lost half their side and Mohammed Shami hastened their collapse with the big wicket of Root, who unsuccessfully reviewed an lbw decision, departing for 25. Shami then removed Adil Rashid (4) to take India closer to victory.