IND vs ENG 3rd Test Day 2 Highlights: Ashwin, Axar star as India beats England by 10 wickets to take 2-1 lead

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Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill finished India's chase in seven overs as India took a 2-1 lead in the series against England.   -  Sportzpics

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's highlights of Day 2 of the third Test between India and England from the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.

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If the second Test was a demolition in an evenly poised contest, the third Test is from such a relation. It was annihilation from the start as Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel shattered numerous records as they run riot on England. Axar's record 11-wicket-haul and Ashwin's 400th Test wicket were by-products of some classic bowling on probably ....erm.. a dustbowl? Rank-turner? Nevetheless, India's batsmen could prove themselves just about par to beat the visitor and the credit largely goes to one man, Rohit Sharma, who put up 91 runs from two innings while looking all so comfortable. Rohit finished the match off in style with a massive six over long-on as the roars hit the crescendo!

Of the shortest Tests in the largest stadium in the world! That's all from us tonight, folks. Enjoy the highlights and renew your weekend plans!

 

UPDATE: India moves to the top of the ICC World Test Championship points table. England loses out on qualification to the final.

Records tumble

Indian captains with most Test wins at home: Virat Kohli - 22*, MS Dhoni - 21 wins

In 140.2 overs, the Test is the shortest match with a result since 1935, where the Bridgetown Test was completed in 112 overs with England beating West Indies.

 

India 49/0 after 7.4 overs: 4,4, ., 6 - Rohit Sharma finishes it off in style!  A 10-wicket for India. Rohit latched onto some ordinary bowling from Root and finished with a massive six over long-on.

India 32/0 after 5 overs: Rohit has his share of fun as well as he dances down to Leach to cream a boundary through long-on. Leach continues to finish the over with a fuller line and keeps Rohit quiet.

India 28/0 after 4 overs: Gill goes downtown.
Root loops one in and Gill steps down and sails it over the long-on boundary for six. The reaction of the England skipper says it all. India on a rampage en route a thumping win.

India 17/0 after 3 overs: And Gill resumes the chase with a short-arm jab to the boundary. A couple of wry balls from Leach before he straightens his line to turn the ball square.

Right, we are back for what will most probably the final session of the Test. We were just warming up for the weekend. Sigh.

That would be supper. Manic session of cricket. Axar Patel and R. Ashwin ran through England's line-up as records tumbled. Ashwin became second-fastest ever to 400 Test wickets while Patel got the distinction of being the first bowler to snap up 11 wickets in a Day-Night Test. India now need just 38 more to go 2-1 up in the series.

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India 11/0 after 2 overs: Joe Root shares the new ball. Unreal. He goes for just two. That will be supper break.

India 5/0 after 1 over: A rare mis-field and a full-toss from Leach helps Rohit open his account.  Probably, the next over is the last before the break too.

The Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill walk out. Jack Leach takes the new ball. 49 to win, 36 overs left in the day! Oh, what a day.

England has been put through a trial for fire and the Test spun very much like the 22-yard patch at the middle from one side to another. India needs 49 to win and the openers will come out for a brief stand ahead of the Dinner Break.

England 81 all out after 30.4 overs: Sundar to Anderson. OUT! And Sundar has one to his name. Anderson tries the reverse sweep and the ball finds the under-edge. Pant's fine glvoework on the day does the rest as India is 49-run target for the win!  James Anderson c †Pant b Washington Sundar 0 (3b)

England's lowest Test scores in India (all out): 81 (Ahmedabad, 2021) 102 (Mumbai, 1981) 112 (Ahmedabad 2021) 134 (Chennai, 2021)


Washington Sundar gets the ball for the first time in the Test!

England 80/9 after 30 overs: Ashwin to Leach. OUT!
Bread and butter for Ashwin as he finds the outside edge off Leach who fails to reach the ball. The deflection moves to Rahane in slips who makes no mistake.  Jack Leach c Rahane b Ashwin 9 (22b 0x4 1x6)

England 80/8 after 29 overs: Axar to Foakes. OUT! And the mighty Foakes' defense is breached. It seems like Axar just runs in through a normal routine of practise. The ball tails in once again from the length and narrowly misses Foakes' bat to hit the pads. Axar has 11, the first to do so in a D/N Test!  Ben Foakes lbw b Patel 8 (28b)

England 77/7 after 27 overs: Leach and Foakes latch onto every measure of possibility. Two wizards  are riding onto their 14th successive over and the pitch seems to be more dreadful by the minute.

England 68/7 after 24 overs: Ashwin to Archer. OUT! NUMBER 400 for Ravichandran Ashwin! Probably one of his least hyped wickets as a simple full delivery onto Archer's pads has him wrapped up. Fourth Indian to 400 wickets while being the second fastest overall! The legacy continues with the brilliant workhorse, Ash!  Jofra Archer lbw b Ashwin 0 (2b)

 

England 66/6 after 22 overs: Ashwin to Pope. OUT! Ashwin is pumped as he pick Test scalp No. 399! A ripping delivery zips in to break Pope's defense once again as Ashwin messes the stumps. Sheer brilliance from Ashwin as he bowls the quicker one, straight in line for the off-stump. Pope lunges forward and then moves back and across to squander his wicket.

England 56/5 after 19 overs:  Axar to Root. OUT! 10-wicket haul for the local boy! Brings in the ball to Root once again and it keeps slightly low to hit his pads. Root knows he played for the wrong line and instantly walks back. Axar's been on target almost every ball and the effort has paid rich dividends.

IND vs ENG: Axar Patel takes 10 wickets in only his second Test  

Best bowling figures in D/N tests: Axar PateL vs ENG 10/57*, Pat Cummins vs SL 10/62, D Bishoo vs Pak 10/174, J Holder vs SL 9/60, Ishant vs BAN 9/78


England 54/4 after 18 overs: And Ashwin has Stokes again.
Regulation dismissal in their usual sub-plot as Ashwin brings in the ball to hit Stokes' pads as he plays down the wrong line. 11th time Ashwin has got his man and the offie also has his 600th International wicket!  Ben Stokes lbw b Ashwin 25 (34b 3x4)

Indian bowlers to 600 wickets: Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Kapil Dev, Zaheer Khan, Ashwin*


England 48/3 after 15 overs: Axar hits Root's pads
and Anil Chaudhary judges it out. Root unsure but goes for the review. The replays show a tight call for the third umpire and he indeed spends a lot of time on it. The ball seems to take a slight deviation from the bat to the pad and that's the vague conclusion the umpire has come up to. Root survives  and Kohli has a short exchange with Anil Chaudhary who himself seems to be taken aback by the third umpire's decision.

England 32/3 after 12 overs: Stokes survives!  There's no array of plans against his nemesis Ashwin as he lunges and attempts a slog sweep only to find the top-edge. Luckily for him, the ball misses Axar Patel at mid-on by a few yards.

England 22/3 after 9 overs: Axar to Sibley. OUT! There goes No.3. Axar runs riot over the English top-order. An act of desperation from Sibley as he goes for a wild slog off a full ball from Axar. Late by a fraction and Axar induced an under-edge that is gathered by Rishabh Pant.  Dom Sibley c †Pant b Patel 7 (25b)

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England 16/2 after 6 overs:
Ashwin has been a tad pale in comparison to Axar who has been absolutely nailing with his precision. A couple of excellent leaves from Root saves him some more time at the crease. A wicket very much lingers in the air.

England 10/2 after 3 overs: India loses a review. Ashwin continues his around the wicket ploy and turns one in sharply to hit Sibley's pads. The replays suggest that the ball was missing the top of the stumps and Sibley survives for the moment.

Spin from both ends with Ashwin taking the new ball.

England 1/2 after 1 overs:  What a start for INDIA!  Axar Patel on the money from ball one! Tails in the ball sharply with inch-perfect precision and the ball castles the stumps. Crawley is not in the picture as he misses it altogether. Bairstow, the new man, comes and goes! Axar nearly had him first ball as Bairstow misses the sweep and the ball hits the pads. The review saves him but not for long as Axar darts in another snorter that moves inward to rattle the stumps again!  England is delirious as it has no clue what struck it. Axar is no nonsense as he nearly snaps Root first ball as well! A sensational first over for the ages.  Zak Crawley b Patel 0 (1b),  Jonny Bairstow b Patel 0 (2b)

Jonny Bairstow’s last 7 Test innings vs India: 0, 6, 0, 0, 18, 0, 0 - most ducks for an ENG batsman against India


We are back for the 2nd session. England openers Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley walk out. India takes the field with Axar Patel taking the new ball!
Straight to business.

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And the teams will have Tea!
What a start for England as it is led by the skipper in a new avatar. Joe Root's sensational figures of 6.2-3-8-5 have rocked India hard with Jack Leach picking the key men, Rohit and Rahane early to begin the demolition job. A cusp of poor batting and ripping deliveries have cast India's swift downfall as it found itself reduced to dust from 98/2 to 145 all out. With 20 wickets falling in four sessions, one would imagine the game to finish at the end of the day or early on Day 3.  England has got itself into a position where the outcome of the game has become unpredictable.

Warnie has a well-thought out lineup for the 2nd innings!



India 145 all out after 53.2 overs: Root wraps up the Indian innings!
Bumrah is snarled with a ball drifting into him, hits the pads and the umpire raises the finger instantly.

India 144/9 after 53 overs:
Bumrah and Ishant put up their own fight. And on the way, Ishant has brought up his first international six in his 100th Test!

Innings taken to his first career six: Glenn McGrath - 166, Ishant Sharma - 165*

India 135/9 after 50 overs: Root removes Ashwin. Poor given the circumstances but there's nothing much that Ashwin could do. Ashwin goes for a hoick and top-edges it straight to deep square. Root has four!  Ravichandran Ashwin c Crawley b Root 17 (32b 3x4)

India 125/7 after 46 overs: Two wickets for ROOT! Absolute peach from Root to dismiss Sundar! He is turning it on here with the ball, folks!  Root pitches it in middle and gets a tinge of turn that beats the outside edge and smashes the stumps to dismiss Sundar. Axar Patel, the new man drags a loose ball outside off from Root straight to short cover.  A dramatic turnaround in the course of this match as Leach and Root have done all things right this afternoon. Root's figures read 3-3-0-3!

And now, you could predict the outcome of this one.

 

India 117/6 after 42 overs: Root to Pant. OUT! Root strikes first ball!  Come from around the wicket and darts one in outside off that turns away from Pant after pitching. Pant dished out to push it away and Root found the edge gobbled by Foakes in a snap. England well and truly back in this one as India loses its key men early here.

Skipper Joe Root into the attack

India 117/5 after 41 overs: Leach to Rohit. OUT! 
Leach loops a slower one into Rohit who stretches forward in his bid for a sweep. The ball shoots up by a fraction and Rohit missed the ball altogether. Excellent call from the umpire as he adjudged it out. Rohit went for the review but the replays suggested that he was a goner. A fine knock comes to an end but Leach has put England right back into the contest.  Rohit Sharma lbw b Leach 66 (96b 11x4)

India 115/4 after 39 overs: Leach to Rahane. OUT! Leach drifts in one quickly and Rahane makes the mistake of dropping back into the crease. The ball skids into him and hits the pads plumb in front to dismiss the vice captain. Rahane's woes at home continue. Rishabh Pant walks in to join Rohit at the crease. Ajinkya Rahane lbw b Leach 7 (25b 1x4)


The groundsmen scrape off a heap of dust near the landing mark of the bowler at Leach's end which brings a brief halt in play.

India 108/3 after 36 overs: Rohit is up and running!  Anderson drags it short and Rohit pounces on it and smashes it through backward point. He follows it with a stifling backfoot punch through the covers to the boundary as England has been unsettled early.

India 100/3 after 35 overs: And Rohit takes India to 100 with a single.  Jack Leach has found good turn in his first over. Leach pushes the ball short to Rahane and surprises with a drifter that turns sharply.

India 99/3 after 34 overs: Anderson attacks Rahane's stumps with three good length deliveries and realises that the batsman is at pressing forward to them. Jimmy quickly corrects the line and beats the edge with a fuller ball.

Day 2 Underway! Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane walks out to the middle. Jimmy Anderson takes the ball.

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10 minutes away. Could possibly  be the most decisive session for England in this Test and the series in itself as well.

England's bowlers have their task cut out under the searing heat in the first session. Their major threat lies ahead in a menacing Rohit Sharma, who can virtually take the game awat single-handedly. Rohit has had his fair share of luck yesterday as Root and Co. failed to create constant pressure. However, Rohit's supreme movement and compact batting led India out of a blotch.

Well, that came as a surprise

Most times All-Out below 120 in Tests since 2015:- 7: ENGLAND 7: Sri Lanka 7: West Indies 6: Australia 5: South Africa 4: India 2: Pakistan 1: New Zealand


Nearly half an hour away from action.
England skipper is having a brief stint with the ball in the warmups. The skip rolling his arm over wouldn't be a bad call after all on this pitch.

Welcome Day 2 as India aims to tighten the screws on England as it places itself closer to the World Test Championship final qualification.

All in readiness for Day 2 of the third Test at Motera on Thursday.   -  Sportzpics

 


How Day 1 Unfolded:

Axar Patel's six-wicket haul and R. Ashwin’s three trigger a collapse that sees Root’s men crash from 74 for two to 112 all out; home side loses Kohli in the day’s last over, finishes on 99 for three. Read the full report - Rohit fifty drives India after Axar's 6 for 38

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Numbers Game -

Records to watch out for

Rohit Sharma needs 53 runs more to become the second Indian to 1000 Test runs in the World Test Championship. The Indian opener could also become the fastest Asian opener to 1000 Test runs if he adds 53 to his tally.

Day 1

Axar Patel’s bowling figures of 6/38 are his best bowling figures and second best by a spinner in day night Test match.

Lowest Totals for England vs India in Test Cricket :
101 at The Oval, 1971
102 at Mumbai, 1979/80
102 at Leeds, 1986
112 at Ahmedabad, 2021
128 at Leeds, 1986

112 – Runs total by England is the second ever lowest total by a team against India in India in the first innings of a Test match.


What They Said

“It’s very frustrating. We're behind the game and we wanted those little 50-50 situations to go our way. That’s the way it goes sometimes. It’s certainly not our day. It does not help our chances," Zak Crawley on umpiring decisions that went against England on Day 1.

 

“Since the ball was skidding, you prefer bowling wicket-to-wicket because if the batsman tends to play on the backfoot, you have a good chance of getting an lbw or bowled. I was discussing the same with Ash that the ball wasn’t turning a lot so we planned to bowl wicket-to-wicket,” Axar Patel on his bowling plans on Day 1.

England (Playing XI): Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes(w), Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah


PITCH UPDATE:
The pitch looks dry. We do see some cracks. The soil has come from Mumbai and is red in colour. The pace will be a little quicker compared to Chennai, feel the experts.

  • If India loses this Test or the next, it will be out of the race for the final.
  • England now needs to win both the remaining Tests to make the final.