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India secures an easy victory against England in third Test

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India on Thursday won the third Test against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad by 10 wickets. Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill easily achieved the 49-run target posted by the visitors in just 7.4 overs. Rohit Sharma finished the game in style by hitting a six.

With the victory, India has won two of the three Test matches so far against England. With just one Test left, India has ensured that it either wins the Test series or England draws it by winning the last game. The fourth Test is also going to be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

Earlier in the day, England once again collapsed against the twin spin attack of Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin by scoring a mere 81 runs in their second innings against India. Notably, England had scored 112 runs in the first innings.

Axar Patel’s 5-wicket haul

Axar Patel was on fire, taking the wickets of Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Dom Sibley, Joe Root and Ben Foakes. Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jofra Archer and Jack Leach. Also, Washington Sundar took the wicket of James Anderson.

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Earlier on Day 2, India posted a first innings score of 145 in response to England’s 112, taking a lead of 33 runs. The hosts began Day 2 on a poor note, losing quick wickets. For the visitors, Joe Root was in top form, registering five wickets. He took the wickets of Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar, Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah. Meanwhile, Leach dismissed Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane.

Apart from the Test series, the two teams are also going to play five T20 matches at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

Ashwin’s 400 Test wickets

Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest Indian bowler to 400 Test wickets on Thursday. Ashwin, playing his 77th Test, was on 397 wickets at the end of England’s first innings of the ongoing third Test and dismissed England batsmen Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope and Jofra Archer in the second innings to get to the milestone.

The off spinner is only behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan in the list of fastest players to 400 wickets in Tests. Muralitharan got there in just 72 matches. Other Indians to have picked more than 400 wickets are Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434) and Harbhajan Singh (417).

 

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