Day 2 : Hitman starts off with a boundary in the initial over and ended with an over boundary


Rohit Sharma ended the match with a six as India registered a rare 2-day win in the first pink ball test in Ahmedabad on Thursday. The hosts, chasing 49 runs made light work of the task as Rohit and Shubman Gill conducted the hosts to a secure win that helped them take 2-1 series lead in the four-match series. Ravichandran Ashwin took his 400th scalp in the elongated setup of the game as India bundled off England for 81 in their second innings. Beginning of the day, Axar Patel picked up his 3rd Test five-wicket haul and 17 wickets fell on Thursday as spinners prevailed the first international game at the renovated stadium in Ahmedabad.

India beated England by 10 wickets in the third test in Ahmedabad. As many as 17 wickets down on Thursday, Day Two, when bowlers from both teams bamboozled the batsmen, who couldn’t take deliveries that revolved from the ones that went in line on after pitching. India chased down a trivial target of 49 runs in the final period of the second day.

Axar Patel included to his first-innings returns of 6 for 38 with another five-wicket haul in the second innings. His 5 for 32 included wickets of England’s top four batsmen – Zak Crawley (0), Dom Sibley (7), Jonny Bairstow (0) and Joe Root (19).

A 31-run stand between Root and Ben Stokes (25) was the only substantial partnership in England’s second innings.

Stokes (25) was snared lbw by Ashwin, who then bowled Ollie Pope (12) and got Jofra Archer (0) lbw as well to get 400 wickets.

Jack Leach (9) and James Anderson (0) was caught behind as England collapsed for the second time in the match, handing India a target too easy to chase even on a tough pitch.

Rohit added to his half-century in the first innings with an unbeaten 25 and finished the match with a six a short while after the dinner break.

Earlier, India lost wickets in a heap in their first innings as they lost their last seven batsmen for just 42 runs.

Rohit (66) was the only Indian batsman to get a substantial score even as Ajinkya Rahane (7), Rishabh Pant (1), Washington Sundar (0), Axar Patel (0) all fell in quick succession.

Root picked five wickets to accelerate India’s collapse even as Leach picked four wickets.

England were dismissed for 112 in the first innings on Day One.

The win gave India a 2-1 lead in the four-match series, crushing England’s hopes of making the World Test Championship final.

If India manage to not lose the last Test, also in Ahmedabad, they will make the final of the Championship.

Both teams will meet again at the same venue for the fourth Test. 

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