Gone with the spin

Ahmedabad, February 25

India’s Axar Patel claimed an 11-wicket match haul as they beat England by 10 wickets inside two days in the Day-Night third Test today, dashing the tourists’ hopes of making the final of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) in June.

On a viciously turning track, England were shot out for 81 in the second innings, their lowest ever total against India, who had suffered their own first-innings collapse on a chaotic day.

Chasing 49 for victory in the spin-dominated, low-scoring contest, India overwhelmed the target without losing a wicket to go 2-1 up in the four-Test series.

The hosts need a draw in the final Test, also in Ahmedabad from March 4, to reach the WTC final. If India lose the fourth Test, Australia will play New Zealand in the June 18-22 contest.

“The result went our way but the quality of batting wasn’t at all up to standard by both teams,” home captain Virat Kohli said.

“There was a lack of application from both sides. Our bowlers were much more effective and that’s why we got the result.”

England had been on the back foot since being skittled out for 112 in their first innings at the world’s largest cricket stadium.

Yet Joe Root and Jack Leach shone with the ball to drag the tourists back into the contest by bowling out India for 145. England, however, suffered a second batting collapse to allow the hosts to take charge again.

Earlier, resuming on 99/3, India looked on course for a handy first-innings lead but Root (5/8) and Leach (4/54) wreaked havoc with the pink ball. Rohit Sharma top scored for India with 66 but the hosts lost their last seven wickets for 31 runs. — Reuters


England 1st innings 112

India 1st innings Overnight 99/3

R Sharma lbw b Leach 66

S Gill c Crawley b Archer 11

C Pujara lbw b Leach 0

V Kohli b Leach 27

A Rahane lbw b Leach 7

R Pant c Foakes b Root 1

R Ashwin c Crawley b Root 17

W Sundar b Root 0

A Patel c Sibley b Root 0

I Sharma not out 10

J Bumrah lbw b Root 1

Extras: (b 2, lb 2, w 1) 5

Total: (All out, 53.2 overs) 145

FOW: 1-33, 2-34, 3-98, 4-114, 5-115, 6-117, 7-125, 8-125, 9-134

Bowling O M R W

James Anderson 13 8 20 0

Stuart Broad 6 1 16 0

Jofra Archer 5 2 24 1

Jack Leach 20 2 54 4

Ben Stokes 3 0 19 0

Joe Root 6.2 3 8 5

England 2nd innings

Z Crawley b Patel 0

D Sibley c Pant b Patel 7

J Bairstow b Patel 0

J Root lbw b Patel 19

B Stokes lbw b Ashwin 25

O Pope b Ashwin 12

B Foakes lbw b Patel 8

J Archer lbw b Ashwin 0

J Leach c Rahane b Ashwin 9

S Broad not out 1

J Anderson c Pant b Sundar 0

Extras: 0

Total: (All out, 30.4 overs) 81

FOW: 1-0, 2-0, 3-19, 4-50, 5-56, 6-66, 7-68, 8-80, 9-80

Bowling O M R W

Axar Patel 15 0 32 5

Ravichandran Ashwin 15 3 48 4

Washington Sundar 0.4 0 1 1

India 2nd innings

R Sharma not out 25

S Gill not out 15

Extras: (b 8, lb 1) 9

Total: (0 wickets, 7.4 overs) 49

FOW: 1-33, 2-34, 3-98, 4-114, 5-115, 6-117, 7-125, 8-125, 9-134

Bowling O M R W

Jack Leach 4 1 15 0

Joe Root 3.4 0 25 0

Man of the Match: Axar Patel

13th Test since 1900 to be completed in two days

401 Test wickets for R Ashwin. He is the fourth Indian bowler to go past the 400-wicket mark

77 Tests Ashwin needed to get 400 wickets. Only Muttiah Muralitharan achieved the feat in fewer matches (72)

11 Wickets for Axar Patel in the match. In only his second Test, Patel has recorded a 10-for in a match — 6/38 & 5/32

22 Test wins for Virat Kohli as captain at home in 29 Tests. Kohli surpassed MS Dhoni, who had 21 wins in 30 Tests. Kohli is India’s most successful Test captain with 35 wins

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