India's Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli appeal for the wicket of England's Bastman during day one of the 3rd Test Match in the series between India and England at Narendra Modi Stadium, Motera in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. (ANI Photo/ECB Twitter)
India's Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli appeal for the wicket of England's Bastman during day one of the 3rd Test Match in the series between India and England at Narendra Modi Stadium, Motera in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. (ANI Photo/ECB Twitter)

England's 81 all-out is their lowest Test total ever against India

  • Ind vs Eng: England had registered their previous lowest-total against India back in 1971 at the Oval. BS Chandrashekhar scalped 6 wickets to restrict Ray Illingworth-led England for 101 in the second innings.
By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 09:09 AM IST

Virat Kohli & Co thumped England by 10 wickets to win the pink-ball Test in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. It turned out to be a rapid-fire event that lasted just two days. England opted to bat first after winning the toss but failed to capitalise on the opportunity.

After bundling up the visitors for 112 in the first innings, Indian spinners Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin teamed up to script England’s worst collapse against the hosts. Joe Root & Co were bowled out for a paltry 81 which happens to be England's lowest-ever total in a Test match against India.

England had registered their previous lowest-total against India back in 1971 at the Oval. BS Chandrashekhar scalped 6 wickets to restrict Ray Illingworth-led England for 101 in the second innings.


India were set a target of 173 runs which they chased down with 4 wickets in hand and won the three-match series 1-0.

Here’s the list of England’s lowest scores against India in Test cricket:

81 - Ahmedabad 2021

101 - The Oval 1971

102 - Leeds 1986

102 - Mumbai 1981

Overall, England's lowest total in an innings is 45 runs which was recorded against arch-rivals Australia in 1887.

In the third Test, England's scorecard bore a dismal look as none of the batters managed to score above 25 runs, failing to counter the Indian spin attack. All-rounder Ben Stokes’ 25 and Ollie Pope's 12 were the best contributions.

Left-arm off-spinner Axar Patel picked five wickets in the English second essay, adding to his outstanding haul of six in the first innings. His became the best bowling performance in a pink-ball match. Ashwin, on the other hand, added four more to his first-day spoils of three scalps to cross the 400-wicket mark in the longest format.

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