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India vs England 4th Test, Day 3 Highlights: IND win to book spot in WTC final

India vs England 4th Test, Day 3 Highlights: India beat the visitors by an innings and 25 runs in the final Test to clinch the series 3-1 and qualify for the World Test Championship final in June.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: March 6, 2021 4:05:32 pm
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India vs England 4th Test, Day 3 Highlights: India booked their berth in the World Test Championship final by beating England by an innings and 25 runs on the third day of the fourth and final Test at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad on Saturday.

After resuming the third day on 294/7, India were guided to a total of 365 by the eighth-wicket partnership between Washington Sundar (96*) and Axar Patel. Trailing by 160 runs, England sent out their openers just before the lunch break. But spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (5/47) and Axar Patel (5/48) dominated the rest of the two sessions. The visitors were bowled out for 135 with Daniel Lawrence top-scoring with a fifty.

India v England Test Series 2021

4th Test, Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad, 04 Mar, 2021

IND 365 / 10 (114.4)

vs

ENG 205 / 10 (75.5)

ENG 135 / 10 (54.5)

2nd Inn

IND

BatsmenRB
James Anderson1 1
BowlersORWKT
Mohammed Siraj4.0 12 0
Axar Patel24.0 48 5

India win by an innings and 25 runs

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India vs England 4th Test, Day 3 Highlights:

15:50 (IST)06 Mar 2021
INDIA WIN BY INNINGS AND 25 RUNS, SEAL SERIES 3-1!

Ashwin does it, he picks up his 30th Test five-wicket-haul after bowling Lawrence out for 50. England crumble down on 135 and India win by an innings and 25 runs. Kohli's men seal the series 3-1 and book their tickets to the World Test Championship final.

15:47 (IST)06 Mar 2021
WICKET!

Right after Lawrence brought up his second Test fifty, India bit back. Leach walks off after his thick outside edge landed in the grateful hands of Rahane. Ashwin gets his fourth of the innings and the hosts are ecstatic. ENG: 134/9, trail by 26 runs

15:20 (IST)06 Mar 2021
India close in on significant series win

Leach comes in at 10. This is miles from Headingley though and seems like no Stokes-like heroics are coming to the rescue of the English team. Only two wickets away from a resounding innings win and a 3-1 series win for the Indian team. Not to mention their qualification for the WTC final. Against the run of play, Lawrence cracks a couple of boundaries in back to back balls off Axar.

ENG 121/8, ENG trail by 39

15:13 (IST)06 Mar 2021
Another 5-wicket haul for Axar

8th wicket! And yet another fifer for Axar Patel! Bess is out, caught behind by Pant, as England's tail starts falling away. Axar's figures now 5/34, England still trailing by 49 runs in a bid to save themselves from an innings defeat now.

ENG 111/8

15:05 (IST)06 Mar 2021
Foakes out

Wicket! Foakes perishes, as Rahane takes a low catch off Axar's bowling. He falls for 13. A partnership worth 44 runs ends with another Axar wicket. Dan Lawrence is joined by Bess.

ENG 109/7, trail by 51

14:54 (IST)06 Mar 2021
England cross 100, trail by 54

India still stick with spin. Sundar comes back into the attack again. Lawrence and Foakes score freely off singles against him. England cross 100 in the 40th over. Ashwin comes back from the other end now, replacing Axar. 

ENG 106/6, trail by 54

14:42 (IST)06 Mar 2021
India attack with spin

India stick to their spinners after the restart. After Sundar, it is the Ashwin-Axar duo which starts their terrorizing job on the English batsmen once more. The current partnership moves into the 30s. Lawrence has been the aggressor in this stand.

ENG 98/6, trail by 62

14:32 (IST)06 Mar 2021
Final session

Foakes and Lawrence resume the England innings for the last session. India resume with Sundar.

14:15 (IST)06 Mar 2021
Tea break!

Lawrence and Foakes have done well to hold on to their wickets especially when the three India spinners -- Ashwin, Axar and Washington -- were out smelling blood towards the end of the second session. ENG: 91/6 (33 overs), trail by 69 runs

13:43 (IST)06 Mar 2021
WICKET!

What a breakthrough for India! Kohli's men get the big fish as Ashwin removes opposition skipper Root from the middle of the crease. The batsman missed the line, took a review but ultimately, it's a clear LBW. He walks back on 30. ENG: 65/6 (25.1 overs)

13:39 (IST)06 Mar 2021
STUMPED!

Root and Pope stitched together a decent 35-run partnership, but their hard work fails to bear any fruit! Axar is at it again as he confuses Pope (15) and forces him to dance down the track. He misses the shot and Pant stumps him easily. ENG: 65/5 (25 overs)

13:21 (IST)06 Mar 2021
Root leads the way for England

Root (28*) is spearheading the England attack right now with the bat. Alongside Pope (6*), the skipper has been comfortable in his defence more than anything else. Ashwin comes back and concedes just two runs on his seventh over. ENG: 48/4 (20 overs)

12:55 (IST)06 Mar 2021
WICKET!

England are in freefall right now in Ahmedabad! Root and Stokes were hoping to build a partnership but Axar strikes yet again! Stokes swept the spinner's delivery straight to Kohli at leg gully. Can England survive? ENG: 30/4 (13.1 overs), trail by 120 runs

12:42 (IST)06 Mar 2021
CAUGHT BEHIND!

Out of the frying pan and into the oven! England are in loads of trouble now as Sibley gets dismissed. His poorly-controlled sweep bounced off Gill's pad and went up for Pant to complete the catch. Axar with the wicket. Next up, Ben Stokes. ENG: 20/3 (10 overs)

12:23 (IST)06 Mar 2021
WICKET! WICKET!

The play resumes and India immediately assume the driving seat! On the tenth ball of the second session, Ashwin scalps the wicket of Crawley off a catch by Rahane. Bairstow comes on and he departs on the very next ball itself for a duck. The batsman tried a leg-glance but straight into the hands of Rohit. The Tamil Nadu spinner is a master with the new ball. ENG: 10/2 (4.5 overs)

11:34 (IST)06 Mar 2021
Time for some lunch!

Lunch break! Crawley and Sibley opened the innings for England with Ishant starting the proceedings for the hosts. India put some early pressure on the batsmen as they failed to hit a single boundary in the opening overs. ENG: 6/0 (3 overs), trail by 154 runs

11:12 (IST)06 Mar 2021
India end their first innings with 160-run lead

Washington (96*) misses out on a maiden Test hundred by just four runs as both of his next compatriots -- Ishant and Siraj -- fall one after another to the brilliance of Stokes. An LBW for the former and then a ripper of a delivery to knock the bails off of Siraj's wicket. But all things considered, a lead of 160 runs is quite healthy and India will look to build on it. IND: 365-all out (114.4 overs)

11:04 (IST)06 Mar 2021
RUN OUT!

Right after bringing up a 100-run eighth-wicket partnership with Washington (96*), Axar makes his way back to the dressing room on 43. A lack of communication between the ends leads to the run-out. Top effort by Root and Bairstow. IND: 365/8 (114 overs)

10:32 (IST)06 Mar 2021
India own the opening hour of the day

Washington (86*) and Axar (34*) have been impressive as they have already added 50 runs to India's total in the opening hour. England look jaded, mentally as well as physically. Can Washington hit his maiden ton today? IND: 344/7 (108 overs)

10:01 (IST)06 Mar 2021
Washington shouldering responsibility well

Washington is oozing confidence now as he takes on Bess and absolutely pummels him for a massive six and a four past cover. He is up to 71* now and the spinner takes India's lead to 115 runs. Axar, on the other side, is on 26*. IND: 320/7 (100 overs)

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