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The India vs England five-match Test series is tied at 1-1 after the end of the first two matches. Strong contenders India were stunned by the Three Lions in the opening game. The team led by Ben Stokes had won by 28 runs in Hyderabad. After this, host India made a brilliant comeback and defeated England by 106 runs in the second Test in Visakhapatnam. Ahead of the third match of the series starting on February 15 in Rajkot, former England captain Alastair Cook has supported the visitors saying that they can beat India again.
“This India team, you can definitely beat this India team again, no doubt about that. This England team can do it. England are here without any centuries and many starts, a one-man game. Without changing, got close,” Alastair Cook told TNT Sports.
In the first game, Ollie Pope's brilliant 196 in England's second innings took the match away from India. However, in the second match, players like Jasprit Bumrah, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill leveled the series with their individual performances.
Jaiswal scored 209 runs and Gill scored 104 runs in India's first innings as the hosts set England a challenging victory target of 399 runs in the second Test. Between these two innings, Bumrah's six wickets (6 for 45) devastated England's batting line-up.
“I think India would have been more relieved than anything else, they would have been under pressure after the first Test win over England. And when you are under pressure, the weight of expectations will be on this Indian team that you Go ahead and perform well, a good performance will help to win,” Cook said.
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