India vs England 2nd Test Live Cricket Score Streaming Online: India will take on England in the second Test of the four-match series in Chennai on Saturday. The Virat Kohli-led side tasted a humiliating defeat in the series-opener earlier this week when England triumphed by 227 runs. On the back of Joe Root’s double-hundred in the first innings, England set a record target of 420 for India, but the hosts were bundled on 192. India will look to bounce back and level the series before the action shifts to Ahmedabad for the last two Tests. For India, Axar Patel, who was ruled out of the opening Test due to injury, is available again. On the other hand, England have made four changes to their Playing XI, calling up Stuart Broad, Ben Foakes, Chris Woakes, and Olly Stone.
Will the Chepauk pitch for the second Test live up to the Indian team management’s expectations? One has to wait and see, but the hosts are no longer taking the surface out of the equation. Under pressure, they are seemingly falling back on their age-old formula of spinning out opponents on turners.
There’s no harm in maximising home advantage. Then again, this Indian team has often bragged about never being bothered by conditions, home or away. “Our philosophy has been bhaad mein gaya pitch (to hell with pitch),” head coach Ravi Shastri had said a couple of seasons ago, after winning a home Test series against South Africa. A brilliantly-prepared England appears to have shaken the confidence.
Precedent in history
A further probe would reveal that over the past few years in home series, India have embraced the template of spin-punch on square turners every time they were under pressure. In 2016, after England finished the first Test in Rajkot stronger on a very good pitch, India played on a turner in Vizag, winning the second by 246 runs. Not that the Indian batsmen scored en masse in that game. Centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, and a cameo from Ravichandran Ashwin in the first innings proved to be the difference. Indian spinners out-skilled and out-bowled their English counterparts in a 4-0 series win. Rajkot had triggered the ‘spin aggression’.
Something similar happened a year later, when Australia won the first Test in Pune. In fact, it was a case of a rank-turner backfiring and little-known Steve O’Keefe trumping Indian spinners. Normality returned thereafter through India’s 2-1 series victory.