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India vs England 3rd Test Highlights: India win by 10 wickets, take 2-1 series lead

India vs England (IND vs ENG) 3rd Test Highlights: India chased down 49 to win the 3rd Test in the final session of Day 2 after England were shot out for 81 in their second innings.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: February 25, 2021 8:21:06 pm
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India vs England 3rd Test Highlights: India won the 3rd Test against England by 10 wickets after overhauling the 49-run target in the third session of the second day. “It’s just been a bizarre game, I’ve never been part of such a Test match,” was the apt summation of the nature of the match by winning captain Virat Kohli at the post-match presentation ceremony.

The hosts were bowled out for 145 in their first innings on the second day of the Pink Ball Test in Ahmedabad on Thursday as Joe Root (5/8) picked up his first ever fifer in First Class cricket. Trailing by 13 runs at the end of the first day’s play, India resumed with Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane from 99/3. They were soon sucked into a spin whirlpool, with Joe Root and Jack Leach (4/54) bowling in tandem. When India were bowled out at the end of the first session, they had a first innings lead of 33 runs. It was Axar Patel who was the wrecker-in-chief in the second innings too, taking 10 wickets for the match. Ashwin picked up his 400th Test wicket, becoming the second quickest to the mark after Muttiah Muralitharan. England were bowled out for 81 in their second innings, their lowest ever Test score vs India, to set India a fourth innings target of 49 runs. At Dinner, India were 11/0, needing 38 more to win, which job was completed within twenty minutes of the final session.

India v England Test Series 2021

3rd Test, Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad, 24 Feb, 2021

IND 145 / 10 (53.2)


ENG 112 / 10 (48.4)

IND 49 / 0 (7.4)

2nd Inn

ENG 81 / 10 (30.4)

Rohit Sharma25 25
Shubman Gill15 21
Jack Leach4.0 15 0
Joe Root3.4 25 0

India win by 10 wickets

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India vs England 3rd Test Day 2 Highlights:

20:21 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Post-match ceremony

Axar Patel is named the Man of the Match. Virat Kohli says the batting by both sides was below par in the Test. Joe Root blames the plastic coating on the pink ball for the batting collapse.

19:54 (IST)25 Feb 2021
India win by 10 wickets

Rohit plays a big shot and gets a boundary to deep midwicket. Another crashing four through the covers to follow. He want to finish the game off in this over. A six over the fielder's head to finish! Rohit stays unbeaten on 25, India win by 10 wickets to take a 2-1 series lead.

England are out of contention for the WTC final. India need to avoid defeat in the 4th Test to make it to the final.

19:49 (IST)25 Feb 2021
India need 14 more to win

Root sticks with the plan, keeps bowling himself. After Ishant and Bumrah spent the last session fielding, it is Anderson, Archer and Broad's turn to do the hard yards in the outfield. England take an LBW Review against Gill, who was very far down the track, and replays show it would have gone over the stumps. 

IND 35/0, need 14 more to win

19:42 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Rohit, Gill make merry

Root continues alongside Leach. Four byes get India closer to their target. Gill uses his feet, dances down the track and smashes a six down the ground off Root, whose first innings exploits are not being repeated in this innings. Rohit uses his feet and times a four down the ground too, this time against Leach.

IND 32/0, need 17 more to win

19:36 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Third session

Gill walks out and smashes a four off the first ball of the session as Leach bowls, his body language exuding defeat.

IND 17/0, need 32 more to win

18:54 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Dinner on Day 2 - India 11/0, need 38 more to win

The first run of the innings comes via a misfield, by James Anderson, who is not used to not having the new ball in hand for the first over. Rohit gets off the mark with a double. A boundary saved off the last ball as Rohit gets three more runs. Time for one last over of the session. Guess who bowls it! Joe Root! Conventional Test match logic had gone out of the window a long time ago in this match.

IND 11/0 after 2, need 38 more to win the 3rd Test

18:47 (IST)25 Feb 2021
India chase begins

Rohit and Gill come out to open the Indian 2nd innings. England will be opening with... surprise surprise... Jack Leach. The two teams might just be thinking they could have done without the pacers altogether. Just 4 minutes left before the Dinner break.

IND 0/0, need 49 to win

18:37 (IST)25 Feb 2021
ENG all out for 81 - IND to chase 49 to win 3rd Test

After 30 overs of Ashwin and Axar, Washington Sundar is introduced in the 31st. The first bowling change of the innings. And Sundar gets a wicket in what turns out to be his only over. England are all out for 81. Their lead just 48. India will chase 49 to win in the fourth innings.

This is the most number of wickets spinners have taken in a D/N Test. 

18:31 (IST)25 Feb 2021
9th wicket

Ashwin gets the 9th wicket to fall. Leach edges and Rahane takes the catch. That's Ashwin's fourth of the innings. Only the last wicket left now.

Best bowling figures in the history of D/N Tests:

11/70 AXAR PATEL v Eng Ahmedabad 2020/21 *
10/62 Pat Cummins v SL Brisbane 2018/19
10/174 Devendra Bishoo v Pak Dubai 2016/17

ENG 80/9, lead by 47

18:27 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Foakes out - Another 5-wicket haul for Axar

Foakes is OUT! LBW. Again, the one that straightens does the trick. Axar has his fifth of the innings. His third five-wicket haul in his 2nd Test. This is the best ever performance by a spinner in a Day Night Test. Foakes is out for 8. Broad joins Leach.

ENG 80/8, lead by 47

18:20 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Foakes looks to bat with tail

Archer was Ashwin's 400th victim, thus forcing out England's long tail - starting with Leach. Still, India stick to spin. Leach steps out of his crease and smashes a six off Axar over long on. And he does it again in Axar's next over, stepping out but not finding the connection this time.

ENG 77/7, lead by 44

18:07 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Wicket number 400 for Ashwin

Archer has joined Foakes. It's almost unplayable at the moment! Balls are spitting off the surface like cobras. India have completed 24 overs with their two spinners, with neither Ishant nor Bumrah called upon yet. Ashwin gets Archer out LBW. And that is 400 for him!

ENG 68/7, lead by 35

Fewest Tests to 400 wickets

72 M Muralitharan
80 R Hadlee/ D Steyn
84 R Herath
85 A Kumble

18:00 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Wicket number 399 for Ashwin

Sensational delivery! Ashwin gets Ollie Pope with a rattlesnake of a delivery. Moves to over the wicket. Pope plays for the turn but the ball straightens and straightens with pace. Pope is gone for 12. It is wicket number 399 for Ashwin. 

ENG 66/6, lead by 33

17:48 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Root out LBW for 19 - Axar Patel's 4th wicket of innings, 10th of Test

And this time, Axar Patel does get his man! Joe Root is out LBW. Plumb this time. No bat to save him this time. Axar Patel, who has just picked up his 4th of the innings, and his first 10-wicket match haul, in his 2nd ever Test, is mobbed by teammates as his home crowd watches on. Axar Patel's dream continues. England's nightmare doesn't seem to end. Foakes joins Pope.

ENG 56/5, lead by 23

17:43 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Pope dances in his crease

Pope joins Root. Only wicketkeeper Foakes and the long English tail to come after this. Almost an hour left of the second session. This Test match is in danger of getting over within Day 2! 11 wickets have fallen so far today in the three hours of action we have had so far. The lights are on inside the stadium as we enter the second half of Day 2, and the lights seem to be glaring down on Pope, the new man who has just walked into this snake pit. He gets off the mark with a reverse sweep for four. 

ENG 54/4, lead by 21

17:39 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Stokes out for 25

This time, Ashwin gets Stokes. Stokes is out for 25 off 34 balls. Round the stumps works for Ashwin against the left hander. This partnership, which was developing dangerously, is ended by India's premier spinner. 

ENG 50/4, lead by 17

17:34 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Root survives a long Review

Root survives a long Review. It seemed like it was the 4th for Axar in the innings and 10th of the match. Joe Root was given out lbw. But an inside edge saves him. Ashwin gets the odd ball to spit up from the pitch into Stokes. 

ENG 48/3, lead by 13

17:21 (IST)25 Feb 2021
England take lead

Stokes pulls Ashwin for four to deep midwicket. Goes for a heave again and the ball lands just wide of Sundar, who was ball-watching for a bit before going for the catch. England inch into the lead at the halfway point of Day 2. India stick to their spin attack, but Stokes is beginning to get some runs off both of them.

ENG 38/3, lead by 5

17:15 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Stokes under pressure

Stokes joins Root at 5 and gets off the mark with a tuck off the pads for a couple. Ashwin, smacking his lips at the prospect of bowling to a left-hander, draws an edge off Stokes that lands just short of the fielder. Stokes, under pressure, goes for the reverse sweep and misses the line. 

ENG 26/3, trail by 7 runs

17:06 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Axar Patel snares Sibley

Root is doing an Ashwin. He proved unplayable in the first session. Now, in the second session, he is showing with the bat just how it is done against the spin. Ashwin goes round the wicket to Root to try something new. Sibley is given out caught behind. He seems sure he has not hit it, but Snickometer shows the slightest edge. England lose their third. Axar picks up his 3rd for the innings and 9th for the match. Sibley is out for 7.

ENG 19/3, trail by 14

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