India vs England 2021: Twitter Reacts As India Hammer England By Ten Wickets In Ahmedabad

India vs England 2021: Twitter Reacts As India Hammer England By Ten Wickets In Ahmedabad

India, England, ICC World Test Championship Points Table
India. Image Credits: BCCI

Rohit Sharma’s whirlwind strokeplay ensured that there were no last-minute twists as India chased down the required 49 runs with ten wickets still at their disposal to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match Test series against England in what turned out to be a two-day Test match and the shortest since World War 2 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Starting the day at 3/99, India would have hoped to wipe out England’s first innings total of 112 They did the first job well as Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane wiped out the deficit but then tragedy struck. Jack Leach trapped Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma plumb in front before skipper Joe Root took over.

And, within a space of 38 balls, Joe Root proceeded to knock over the Indian middle and lower-order to help his side knock over the hosts for 145 and keep their lead to 33 runs.

Root’s first victim was Rishabh Pant, who nicked off to Jack Leach before he knocked over Washington Sundar, who saw his off-stump pegged back after the southpaw played down the wrong line.

India, England, Joe Root
England Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

Axar Patel decided to hit Joe Root out of the attack through a lofted cover-drive but he could only hit it as far as the short-cover fielder. Ravichandran Ashwin, in an attempt to score some crucial runs, holed out at deep square-leg while Jasprit Bumrah was pinned right in front of the wicket.

In response, England got off to a worst possible start to their innings than they would have imagined as Axar Patel claimed two wickets in the first three balls of the innings.

Crawley, who had smashed a brilliant 53 and nearly 50 percent of England’s total in the first innings was absolutely bamboozled by a good length delivery by Axar Patel, one that went on to skid with the arm.

The Kent opener was firmly rooted in his crease and he had absolutely so clue about the line of the delivery, eventually leading to his off-stump get pegged back.

Jonny Bairstow’s horror show in the Test match continued as he registered a pair. Bairstow looked like a cat on a hot tin roof against Axar Patel and was nearly dismissed twice on consecutive deliveries.

Bairstow went for the slog sweep on the first delivery that he faced but was comprehensively beaten as the ball thudded into his pads. The Indians went up in unison as did the umpire’s finger, who had no doubt in the fact that the ball was going to hit the stumps.

India, England
Axar Patel and Virat Kohli [Image- BlCCI]
Bairstow reviewed and to everyone’s surprise, ball tracking showed that the ball would have gone over the stumps.

His luck, however, ran out on the very next delivery that he faced. The English No.3 proceeded to stride forward and defend but in the process, he exposed a huge gap between bat and pad and it was enough for Axar to breach.

Axar proceeded to dismiss Dom Sibley and then Joe Root, who had earlier survived a close LBW call, to claim his maiden 10th wicket haul.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin [Image-BCCI]
Surprisingly, Ashwin took some time before he got into his act as he dismissed his bunny, Ben Stokes, for the 11th time in his career besides knocking over Ollie Pope as the champion cricketer inched closer to the magical 400 wicket mark.

And, the magical moment came just a few balls later as the champion off-spinner trapped Jofra Archer plumb in front to become the 2nd fastest bowler in the history of the game to claim 400 Test wickets.

Ashwin claimed his 401st in the form of Jack Leach while Axar and Washington Sundar knocked over Ben Foakes and James Anderson respectively to bowl England out for 81.

A target of 49 on a pitch that had witnessed as many as 30 wickets falls in just five sessions could have proved to be tricky but Rohit Sharma courtesy his aggressive strokeplay ensured that there were no more twists as the champion batsman, aided brilliantly by Shubman Gill, negated all the threat posed by Jack Leach and Joe Root to help Indian gun down the total in a canter.

 

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