India topped World Test Championship (WTC) standings after Motera win

The Indian cricket team’s victory over England in the first two days of Test 3 at Motera Narendra Modi Stadium on Thursday brought the hosts to the top of the Test World Championship points table. India handed England a 10-wicket loss in the pink ball test.

India, who were in second after a resounding 317 point win over England in Chennai with 69.7% points (PCT) and 460 points overall, behind New Zealand, have now toppled the Kiwis with 71 pct. However, it is still unclear whether the Indian team will face New Zealand in the WTC final.

England are not in the hunt for a place in the WTC final as the visitors needed to win the four-game series 3-1 to play the June 18-22 final against New Zealand.

England fell to 64.1 percentage points on the points table, which is now dominated by India with 71 percentage points. New Zealand is guaranteed a place in the final with 70 percentage points.

India must win or draw in the final test to stay ahead of Australia, who sit third with 69.2 percentage points.

Meanwhile, on the second day of the Motera Test, England’s stick imploded again and after they were all knocked out for 81 in their second inning, India’s goal of victory was set at 49. Breaking at home was a formality and Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill took just 7.4 overs to secure a 10-wicket win and a 2-1 lead in the series.

Spinners won 19 wickets for India in this game. After his six wickets in the first set, Axar Patel put in 5/32 in the second to escape with the man of the match prize. Ravichandran Ashwin returned with a seven wicket game en route to 400 test wickets. Washington Sundar, too, was given a plus and he fired James Anderson with his fourth ball.

A five-day match ending in two days was not a good advertisement for Test Cricket. Motera’s new pitch, where the pink ball behaved inconsistently, will be placed under the scanner. But Rohit Sharma has shown that the surface is not unplayable.

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