Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant played a match-defining knock in the ongoing fourth Test between India and England in Ahmedabad. Rishabh Pant joined Rohit Sharma when Ajinkya Rahane perished to James Anderson before lunch and put India in the driver’s seat by the time he departed to the pavilion. Even though James Anderson got thrashed for some runs, he had the last laugh as he took Pant’s scalp with the new ball.
Rishabh Pant aimed to go over the mid-wicket boundary off a length ball from James Anderson; however, he only ended up getting the bat’s toe-end. It ended up in the visiting captain Joe Root’s hands at mid-wicket and he tossed the ball in frustration. The 23-year old departed for 101 off 118 balls with 13 fours and two sixes, striking at 85.59. Pant’s innings handed India the lead after they were in a bothersome position.
Earlier in the day, India lost Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in quick succession to Ben Stokes and Jack Leach, respectively. Virat Kohli’s deputy, Ajinkya Rahane, crafted an attacking knock of 27 before gifting his wicket to James Anderson before his lunch. It was the partnership of 113 between Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar that put India in a position of power. Virat Kohli’s men either need a draw or victory to progress to the ICC World Test Championship’s final.