England registered a comprehensive 227 runs win against India in the first Test at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series. The visitors restricted India for just 192 runs in the massive 420 chase as left-arm offspinner Jack Leach claimed four wickets while veteran James Anderson picked three.
India witnessed a miserable batting collapse in the middle-order on Day 5 which led to a humiliating defeat. Skipper Virat Kohli fought hard with a 72-run knock but he didn’t get much support from the other players.
It is also England’s biggest Test win in terms of run-margin on Indian soil.
England have now jumped to the top of the ICC World Test Championships points table while India slipped to fourth. It will be an uphill task for the Indian team to seal their place in the final of WTC against New Zealand as they have to win two out of the next three games at any cost.