Twitter Reacts As India Beat England To Win The Series 3-1 And Seal A Spot In ICC World Test Championship Final

Twitter Reacts As India Beat England To Win The Series 3-1 And Seal A Spot In ICC World Test Championship Final

India, ICC World Test Championship Final
Indian Cricket Team. Image Credits: BCCI

Team India completed the demolition job on England on the third day to win the final Test and clinch the four-match series by a margin of 3-1. And, by doing that, not only have Virat Kohli’s men regained the No.1 spot in the Test rankings but they have also sealed a spot in the ICC Test Championship Final where they will lock horns with New Zealand in June.

Washington Sundar and Axar Patel played brilliantly during the morning session to help Team India extended its lead from 89 to 160.

Washington Sundar picked up from where he had left on the second evening as he went about his business in his own stylish wat. Cut, pulls, drives, backfoot punches, Sundar was imperious in his strokeplay.

The Tamil Nadu cricketer was ably supported by Axar Patel, who also played some brilliant strokes during his knock of 43.

However, just as it looked like Washington Sundar would go on to make his maiden Test hundred, Axar Patel’s run-out triggered a collapse as India lost their last three wickets within a space of five deliveries.

Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar left stranded on 96 [Image-BCCI]
Axar Patel was run-out at the non-striker’s end after he went for a non-existent run in the 114th over. Ben Stokes then proceeded to do the rest as he trapped Ishant Sharma plumb leg-before-wicket before knocking over Mohammed Siraj with a seam-up delivery.

Washington was once again left stranded as he missed out on what would have been his maiden Test hundred.

England were once again jolted early in their second innings as Ravichandran Ashwin knocked over Zak Crawley and Jonny Bairstow in consecutive deliveries after the Lunch break.

Crawley was undone by straight delivery by Ashwin as he played for the turn and ended up giving an easy catch to Ajinkya Rahane at 1st slip.

Jonny Bairstow’s horror run against India continued as he registered his sixth duck in his last 9 innings against India after he edged Ashwin straight to Rahane at leg-slip.

Twitter Reacts As India Beat England To Win The Series 3-1 And Seal A Spot In ICC World Test Championship Final
Dom Sibley got dismissed in a bizarre manner [Image-BCCI]
Dom Sibley’s series ended on an unlucky note as his perfectly-timed slog-sweep ricochet off short-leg fielder Shubman Gill to ballon in the air and Rishabh Pant did the rest by taking the easiest of catches.

That England were mentally shattered was on full display during the afternoon session, and especially with Ben Stokes dismissal, who inexplicably played a reverse-lap to give catching practice to Virat Kohli at leg-slip.

Joe Root played a few delightful strokes during his 72-ball 30 before Ravichandran Ashwin once again trapped him leg-before-wicket after he went back on the backfoot on delivery that he should have been forward to.

India, England, Dom Sibley, Axar Patel
Axar Patel celebrates with his teammates [Image-BCCI]
At 6-65, it looked like it was just a matter of time before India sealed a series-clinching victory but Ben Foakes and Dan Lawerence dug in for 107 balls to stitch a 44-run-stand.

The partnership was eventually broken by Axar Patel after Ajinkya Rahane took a brilliant low catch at 1st slip to send Ben Foakes packing. Patel claimed another wicket in his next over in the form of Dom Bess to claim his fourth five-wicket-haul in just six innings.

Dan Lawrence continued to show the fight that he had shown in the first innings and unlike the first innings, he proceeded to notch up his maiden fifty of the series. Ashwin, however, dismissed him and Jack Leach to not only claim his 30th five-wicket-haul but also pave way for an emphatic win by an innings and 25 runs.

 

Here’s how Twitter reacted to India’s series win over England:

 

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