Indian spinners Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin on Thursday outshined the England batting lineup in the fourth and final Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. While Axar Patel took four wickets after bowling 26 overs and giving 68 runs, Ravichandran Ashwin took three wickets after bowling 19.5 overs and giving 47 runs.
Mohammed Siraj, who replaced ace pacer Jasprit Bumrah due to the latter’s unavailability for the fourth Test, also performed well. He took two wickets after bowling 14 overs and giving 45 runs. One wicket was taken by Washington Sundar.
England’s first innings
England batting lineup in the first innings once again struggled against India’s spin attack and the visitors lost their opening batsmen early on. Opener Zak Crawley could score only nine runs and was caught by Mohammed Siraj on a delivery by Axar Patel. On the other hand, another opener Dom Sibley could play only eight balls and became a victim of Axar’s bowling.
Ben Stokes was the top scorer for England and added 55 runs to the teams total tally of 205 runs after playing 75.5 overs. Dan Lawrence scored 46, Ollie Pope scored 29 and Jonny Bairstow scored 28 runs. Apart from Crawley and Sibley, Axar Patel took the wicket of Dan Lawrence and Dom Bess. Ashwin took the wicket of Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes and Jack Leach.
Mohammed Siraj took the wicket of Jonny Bairstow and England captain Joe Root. Washington Sundar took the wicket of Ben Stokes.
India too had a shaky start and lost opener Shubman Gill at the score of zero. The lone Indian wicket on Thursday was taken by James Anderson. After Gill departed, Rohit Sharma and Cheteswar Pujara gave stability to the innings and scored 8 and 15 runs, respectively.
In all, India batted for just 12 overs and scored 24 runs. It is trailing England by 181 runs and requires a solid partnership on Friday that would seal the fate of the match.
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