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Axar Patel takes the best numbers in the Test of 6-38 as England slump to 112 after winning the draw; Rohit Sharma unbeaten on 57, but Jack Leach beats Virat Kohli (27) in the final five minutes of the day as India draws closer to 99-3

Last updated: 24/02/21 16:51 pm

India celebrates Zak Crawley wicket on day one of third test (Photo credit – BCCI)

England were eliminated by just 112 on the first day of the third day-night test against India in Ahmedabad, with nine wickets lost to turn in another dismal batting collapse.

England took three wickets with the pink ball under the lights, but Rohit Sharma (57no) – centurion of the second test – calmly crossed his fifties as India moved towards the total of the first rounds of tourists by strains.

Shubman Gill (11) and Cheteshwar Pujara (0) fell within five balls of each other, but captain Virat Kohli (27) appeared to correct matters with a 64 innings partnership with Rohit before being played. by Jack Leach (2-27) in the final five minutes of the day – the hosts closing on 99-3, trailing by just 13.

Joe Root had won the toss earlier, choosing to make a first use of the pitch, but any boost that might have given the visiting locker room was quickly extinguished when Dom Sibley and returning Jonny Bairstow both left for Ducks.

Zak Crawley (53) – another of four changes to the English side after their 317 points defeat in Chennai last week – played beautifully for a fifty fourth test, won 68 balls and containing 10 beautifully timed limits.

Crawley’s 47-point stand for the third wicket with Root (17) promised much more, but the first followed the English skipper to the hutch in the final 20 minutes of the morning session and the rest of the order of England hitters were then swept aside. after the lunch break.

England lost their last eight wickets in 38 races, with Axar Patel winning the Test’s best numbers 6-38 in 21.4 overs. Ravichandran Ashwin started with 3-26 on his 16.

Any faint hope of a retaliation from the visitors rested on their four-pronged sewing attack – James Anderson and Jofra Archer picked before a second-spinner option to Dom Bess – under the lights with the pink ball.

Ben Stokes thought he caught Gill for a duck off Stuart Broad, but the third referee ruled he had anchored the hold low on the second slip.

A breakthrough eventually came in 15th place, as Gill led Archer in the square leg, and a second followed five balls later with Leach trapping Cheteshwar Pujara lbw for a duck.

Rohit and Kohli appeared to have nullified any potential for late drama with their provocative stance, although the Indian captain was dumped into the ravine by Ollie Pope on the 24th and ultimately fired shortly after by Leach.


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