India has crushed England by 10 wickets in almost a one-sided affair at Ahmedabad today. The newly renovated Narendra Modi stadium has witnessed a day-night test match being wrapped up in less than 6 sessions.
Axar Patel the Man of the Match and rising star of Indian cricket took 11 wicket in this match. 6 in first inning and 5 in second inning. There were a lot of hype about this pink ball test and it seems England has succumbed to this external pressure. With this comprehensive win, the hosts have taken an unbeatable 2-1 lead with the last test to follow.
Here we discuss about few takeaways from this historic win by team India.
England won the toss yesterday and decided to bowl. But their decision to bat first backfired them and they were bowled out for a poultry score of 112 with. In reply India also had a collapse and they themselves got bowled out to just 145. India could manage to get a lead of just 33 runs.
In reply England came to bat and it seemed they had an intention that they should score even lesser than their first innings score and they could manage to score just 81. Being set a target of just 49 runs to chase down. Rohit and Gill ensured that they take India through without even a sweat. They chased down the target in just 7.4 overs.
The talking point about this match would surely be the pitch, but, the pitch being set aside, it has been a quality bowling performance by the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel. A total of 18 wickets were taken by both of them combined out of 20 wickets.
Axar patel has had a series worth a dream till now. In the first innings he took 6 wickets and he added his wickets quota with 5 more in the second innings. His bowling performance has impressed one and all in this series. His ability to hit right channels with his left arm bowling has been a treat to watch.
Ravichandran Ashwin has always been a player who has kept himself away from limelight. He does not do any show off, he remains very down to earth. But his performance has been quite phenomenal.
In the first innings he took 3 wickets and in the second innings, he got 4 scalps. He has also become the fastest Indian bowler to take 400 test wickets.
This test match would be remembered for the quality spin bowling of both the sides. The batsmen had very little role to play in this test match as the team scores were very low.
Team India has won a test match within 2 days. Questions would surely rise about the pitch being offered. But, right now its time for team India and all Indian fans to celebrate on this historic test victory.
England 1st innings:112
India 1st innings:145
England 2nd innings 81
India 2nd innings 49/0.
Man Of The Match : Axar Patel.