Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s highlights of Matchday 2 of the third test between India and England from Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.
How day 1 went:
Axar Patel’s six-wicket transport and R. Ashwin’s three trigger a meltdown that sees Root’s men drop from 74 for two to 112 for all; The home side lost Kohli in the last game of the day and finished 99 for three. Read the full report – Rohit Fifty leads India after Axar 6 for 38
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Numbers game –
Records to watch
Rohit Sharma needs 53 more races to become the second Indian at 1000 tries in the world test championship. The Indian opener could also become the fastest Asian opener at 1,000 tries if he adds 53 to his total.
Axar Patel’s 6/38 bowling tricks are his best bowling tricks and second best by a spinner in the day and night Test match.
Lowest totals for England vs India in Test Cricket:
112 – England’s points total is the second-lowest ever for a team against India in India in the opening rounds of a test match.
What they said
“It is very frustrating. We’re behind the game and we wanted those little 50-50 situations to come our way. This is how it is sometimes. It is certainly not our day. It doesn’t help our chances, ” Zak Crawley on the arbitration decisions that went against England on day one.
“Since the ball was slipping, you prefer wicket-to-wicket bowling because if the batsman tends to play on the hindfoot, you have a good chance of getting a lbw or bowling. I was discussing the same with Ash that the ball was not spinning much, so we planned to go from wicket to wicket, ” Axar patel on his bowling plans on day 1.
England (playing XI): Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes (w), Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
India (playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (w), Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah
PITCH UPDATE: The land looks dry. We see cracks. The soil comes from Mumbai and is red in color. The pace will be a bit faster compared to Chennai, experts believe.
- If India loses this or the next Test, it will be disqualified for the final.
- England must now win the remaining two tests to advance to the final.