England be part of South Africa, don’t power a succession in opposition to India, however finish the eleven-year collection for visiting groups

England prevailed against India for 337 but chose not to enforce the succession against the hosts in Chennai, interrupting an 11-year streak of visiting teams on Monday.

England spared India the successor on the 4th day of the 1st test. (Courtesy of BCCI / PTI Photo)


  • India were bundled for 337 in their first innings of the 1st Test on Monday
  • England decided not to enforce the succession despite leading 241 times
  • South Africa were the last visiting team that did not force a successor against India in 2009/10

England chose not to enforce the follow-on despite knocking India out of the running by 331 points ahead of 337 in their first innings on Monday after scoring a mammoth 578 in the opening test at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

In particular, England ended an eleven-year streak for visiting teams as they were the only second visiting team after South Africa (2009/10) that had the chance to succeed against hosts India. South Africa had an opportunity to follow-up against India in India when they took a lead of 325 runs in the Nagpur Test in 2009-10.

Rishabh Pant scored the first goal for the hosts with a breezy 91, while Washington Sundar (85, not eliminated) and Cheteshwar Pujara (73) made heavy contributions to India’s grand total. Dom Bess was England’s most successful bowler, returning 4-76 while Jack Leach, Jofra Archer and James Anderson claimed two wickets apiece.

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India resumed the day at 257/6, losing R Ashwin in the first hour when Jack Leach fired him. Ashwin, 31, had a valuable 80-year partnership with Washington Sundar before he left. Shahbaz Nadeem, who was next to enter, became Leach’s second scalp without alarming the scorers.

Ishant Sharma (4) did not stay on the crease for long either and was caught on the short leg in a targeted short delivery by James Anderson. Jasprit Bumrah was the last wicket to fall when he was brilliantly caught in the slip by Ben Stokes against Anderson.

England then lost opening player Rory Burns to Ravichandran Ashwin’s first ball and were 1-1 at break. Dom Sibley and Dan Lawrence, both of whom have not yet opened their accounts, will return on day 4 after lunch.

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