Last Update on: February 24th, 2021 at 06:33 pm
Left-arm spinner Axar Patel has hardly let India feel the absence of Ravindra Jadeja, operating expertly alongside lead spin-bowler Ravichandran Ashwin. After starring in the victory in the second Test against England, Axar Patel rose to the occasion in the pink-ball Test in Ahmedabad. His fourth wicket of the day was Jofra Archer, whose off-stump he dislodged disdainfully out of the ground.
With the Ahmedabad’s pitch not providing enough assistance, Axar Patel delivered a straighter one that skidded through. Jofra Archer, who struck a boundary through point off Ravichandran Ashwin’s bowling, wanted to hit the same shot. However, he missed it and the ball and with his feet stuck in the crease; it went through to strike the stumps. Axar was elated as it gave him his fourth wicket, leaving the Englishmen seven down that time and Archer clueless.
Before dismissing Jofra Archer, Axar had cut through England’s batting line-up, removing Jonny Bairstow, Zak Crawley, and Ben Stokes. Of the four wickets to fall before lunch, the 27-year old had claimed a couple. Opening batsman Zak Crawley, who replaced Rory Burns at that position, was the only one standing up to India’s bowlers. He struck a fluent half-century, hitting eleven boundaries in his 84-ball 53. England’s highest partnership was of 47 which came between Crawley and Joe Root.
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