Indian batting. Pink ball Test. Afternoon session. You get the gist, right? Two months after that collapse in Adelaide where the Virat Kohli-led outfit was knocked over for their record-lowest total of 36, we saw yet another collapse of gigantic proportions on the second afternoon in Ahmedabad as Team India lost five wickets in a frenetic passage of play.
Having started the day at 3/99, India would have hoped of wiping out England’s first innings total of 112 and then take a significant lead to bat the visitors out of the contest.
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.
In what was a spell that reminded everyone of what Australia’s Michael Clarke did back in the 2004 Mumbai Test, the English captain proceeded to run through the middle and lower-order in what was a frenetic passage of play.
Root first claimed Rishabh Pant, who nicked off to Jack Leach before Washington Sundar played down the wrong line and saw his off-pole pegged back.
Washington Sundar was included in the side for the pink ball Test to beef up the batting-unit but the off-spin all-rounder could not trouble the scorers and headed back to the pavilion for a 12-ball duck.
Root did not stop there as he claimed Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Jasprit Bumrah to claim a five-wicket haul and knock over India for 145.