4th Test, day 3: India beat England by innings and 25 runs

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  • With this victory, Virat Kohli’s team has made it to the WTC Finals.
  • India has won the four-match Test series 3–1 against England
  • England’s second innings piled on 135 runs ahead of the spin of Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin
  • Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin took five wickets each
  • In the first innings of India, Washington missed a beautiful century but he managed to get the team to a strong score of 365 runs
  • Rishabh Pant was declared Player of the Match for his fine century

Ahmadabad: Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel once again trapped England in the web of spin. As a result, the touring team lost the fourth and last Test by big margin of innings & 25 runs. With this fabulous victory, captain Virat Kohli’s team has reached the final of the World Test Championship. Patel and Ashwin took 5-5 wickets, leaving England all-out for 135 in their second innings on Saturday. Rishabh Pant was declared Player of the Match for his fine century.

India took a lead of 160 runs after scoring 365 runs in the first innings. Except England captain Joe Root (30) and Dan Lawrence (50), no one batsman could face the Indian spiners. Dom Sibley (three), Jack Crawley (5) and Johnny Bairstow (0) did not look comfortable while Ben Stokes (0) was unable to anticipate the bounce of the ball and was dismissed with a wrong sweep shot.

Earlier, Washington Sundar, who had a matured batting performance at number eight, missed the first Test century by four runs, but India scored 365 runs in the first innings to take a 160-run lead. 21-year old batsman Sundar scored unbeaten 96 runs off 174 balls but he was left alone at the other end as the last three wickets fell early. India lost the last three wickets within five balls.

Ben Stokes took four wickets for 89 runs in 27.4 overs. Like his former Under-19 compatriot Rishabh Pant, heading towards the century, Sundar added 106 runs for the eighth wicket along with Axar Patel to dethrone England’s plans to prevent India from taking a huge lead. Axar scored 43 off 97 balls which included a six off Jack Leach.

Both batsmen continued to increase the run rate by taking aces and two runs instead of putting a risky shot. Both rotated the strike brilliantly and did not let the England bowlers put pressure on them. James Anderson took three wickets for 44 runs in 25 overs. Sundar hit ten fours and a six in his innings while Axar hit five fours and a six.

Brief score (Day 3):-

England: 1st inning: All-out for 205 runs in 75.5 overs (Ben Stokes 55, Dan Lawrence 46, Ollie Pope 29, Jonny Bairstow 28, Axar Patel 4/68, Ravichandran Ashwin 3/47, Mohammed Siraj 2/45, Washington Sunder 1/14) and 2nd inning:  All-out for 135 runs in 54.5 overs (Dan Lawrence 50, Joe Root 30, Ollie Pope 15, Ben Foakes 13, Axar Patel 5/48, Ravichandran Ashwin 5/47)

India: 1st inning: All-out for 365 runs in 114.4 overs (Rishabh Pant 101, Washington Sunder 96 not out, Rohit Sharma 49, Axar Patel 43, Ajinkya Rahane 27, Cheteshwar Pujara 17, Ben Stokes 4/89, James Anderson 3/44, Jack Leach 2/89)

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