Axar Patel takes 11 wickets as India beat England inside two days

Brief scorecard: England 112/10 (Zak Crawley 53, Joe Root 17; Axar Patel 6/38, Ravichandran Ashwin 3/26) and 81/10 (Ben Stokes 25, Root 19; Patel 5/32, Ashwin 4/48) lost to India 145/10 (Rohit Sharma 66, Virat Kohli 27; Joe Root 5/8, Jack Leach 4/54) and 49/0 (Rohit 25*, Shubman Gill 15*) by 10 wickets

India vs England 3rd Test 2021, stats

  • The much-anticipated pink-ball Test, the second of its kind to be played in India, concluded well inside two days at the refurbished, rechristened Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, where India beat England by 10 wickets to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match series with one Test left to play.
  • It was India’s 28th Test win over England and their 161st overall.
  • Left-arm spinner Axar Patel was the wrecker-in-chief for India in both innings, finishing with his best match haul yet of 36.4-6-70-11, which was instrumental in the home side twice bowling out England cheaply before chasing down a straightforward target of 49. Axar took 6 for 38 in the first innings and followed it up with 5 for 32 in the second to win the man-of-the-match award.
  • Seasoned off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bowled well in tandem with Axar and finished with seven wickets in the Test. It was another memorable match for Ashwin, who reached 400 wickets in the format to further reinforce his billing as one of India’s all-time greats. Jofra Archer, who he trapped in front, was Ashwin’s 400th Test wicket.
  • Playing his 77th Test, Ashwin became the second-fastest to reach 400 wickets in Test cricket, behind only Muttiah Muralitharan, who had got to the landmark in 72 Tests. Ashwin thus became the fourth Indian bowler to take 400 Test scalps (with only Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev and Harbhajan Singh ahead of him on the list) and the fastest from the country to do so.
  • On a helpful pitch for the spinners and with England going into the match with only Jack Leach as the specialist spinner in the playing XI, captain Joe Root triggered an Indian collapse on the second afternoon with a five-wicket haul of his own to briefly bring England back into the Test. He took five wickets for eight runs to register his first-ever Test five-for. His 5 for 8 is also the cheapest five-wicket haul by a spinner in the history of Test cricket.
  • England’s second-innings total of 81 is their lowest Test score against India and the second-lowest by any team against the home side.
  • Ishant Sharma became just the second Indian fast bowler (after Kapil Dev) to play 100 Tests. He received a special cap and a memento to mark the occasion from president Ram Nath Kovind and home minister Amit Shah, who inaugurated the largest cricket stadium in the world with a capacity of 1,10,000.
  • Captaining India for the 59th time in Test cricket, Virat Kohli registered his 35th win.