India vs England Highlights, 4th Test, Day 3: Axar, Ashwin, Pant & Washington star in India’s win
India vs England 4th Test Live Highlights, Day 3: Five-wicket hauls from Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel led India to a magnificent win by an innings and 25 runs on Saturday. India won the 4-match series 3-1 and made it to the finale of the ICC World Test Championship. Kohli & Co will now face Kane Williamson's New Zealand in the mega event which is scheduled to be held in June 2021 at the Lord's. Get IND vs ENG, 4th Test, Day 3 Full Scorecard, and ball by ball updates.
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MAR 06, 2021 04:32 PM IST
'Now we can accept that the WTC final': Virat Kohli
"The first game was an aberration and England outplayed us. The toss played a crucial role and the bowlers weren't in the context. We bowled and fielded with more intensity and so the comeback was very heartening. Our bench strength is extremely strong and that's a good sign for Indian cricket. When the transition happens, the standards won't fall and Rishabh and Washy's partnership showed exactly that in a crucial juncture of the match. We had to pick up our body language after the first game in Chennai. Every team in international cricket is a quality side and we need to work hard to beat them, even at home. Keeping that intensity going is most important and is the hallmark of our team. Rohit's knock was the defining moment in Chennai, and Ashwin has been our most bankable player over the years so they have been our best players this series. Now we can accept that the WTC final, which was a distraction in New Zealand in 2020, but now it's a reality.
MAR 06, 2021 04:26 PM IST
Man of the Series: Ravichandran Ashwin
"The fact that we qualified for the WTC final is very important. The intensity was low after Chennai, despite the high in Australia. Every time there was a challenging time in the series, someone put their hand up, so this series win was right up there. The last four months have been quite a ride. I didn't think I'd make a hundred in Chennai, I went with the flow because my form with the bat wasn't great. I didn't think I'd start in the XI in Australia, but after all the injuries, especially to Jadeja, there was more responsibility on me and I'm content with my performances in Australia and here. Being desperate is bad, being content is bad, but it's important for me to be happy, and I've stayed on my feet, and worked out batsmen and I'm happy it has worked out well for me," said Ashwin.
MAR 06, 2021 04:23 PM IST
Man of the Match: Rishabh Pant
"I think the drills have helped, and my confidence has helped, transferring it from my batting to my keeping. This was a very important innings, especially with the team under pressure. We were in a tough situation at 146-6, and there's nothing better than performing when the team needs you the most. If I get the chance to reverse-flick a fast bowler again, I definitely would," said Rishabh Pant.
MAR 06, 2021 04:23 PM IST
'There're some key areas where India grabbed the game, we didn't': Root
"We haven't matched India in the last three, and we need to keep learning and keep getting better for this experience and this series, and we need to keep evolving and move forward. There are some key areas where India grabbed the game and we didn't. Washington and Rishabh played extremely well at a time when we had a good hold on the game. We also didn't score runs the way we would have liked, and India outplayed us. Best of luck to them in the final. These were the first two Tests here, and I'm sure there are going to be some great Tests here later, and there was no history here, but hopefully, we can get better in future in these conditions. It's really important that we have to look after our players in terms of resting them, and we can't keep playing them until they fall over. We need to look after them and rotate them as necessary. It's been a good series, enjoyed the hospitality and loved being here for the series," said Joe Root.
MAR 06, 2021 04:21 PM IST
'Gamechanger of the match' Award
Washington Sundar receives the 'Gamechanger of the match' Award for his unbeaten 96-run knock.
MAR 06, 2021 04:20 PM IST
Kamaal ka moment award
Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant received the 'Kamaal ka moment' award for his flick shot against James Anderson in the first innings.
MAR 06, 2021 04:18 PM IST
Michael Vaughan hails India's win
MAR 06, 2021 04:12 PM IST
India winning a series after being 0-1 down
2-1(5) vs Eng 1972/73
2-1(3) vs Aus 2000/01
2-1(3) vs SL 2015
2-1(4) vs Aus 2016/17
2-1(4) vs Aus 2020/21
3-1(4) vs Eng 2020/21
MAR 06, 2021 04:08 PM IST
Ajinkya Rahane has taken 4 catches in the match so far, only Azharuddin (vs Sri Lanka in 1994) and Kaif (vs Sri Lanka in 2005) have taken more catches in a match at Ahmedabad.
MAR 06, 2021 04:07 PM IST
Axar Patel speaks after defeating England
'I think confidence helped me. I got wickets in the first game and kept on carrying confidence. When I and Washi were batting, we thought the pace variation wasn't there. I only bowled faster ones more often in the previous games but here we needed to vary our pace. When I got back after being run-out, I didn't have enough time to talk to Washi as we were bowled out," said Axar Patel.
MAR 06, 2021 04:00 PM IST
'The 100 will come when it's the right time for me': Sundar
"To win my first series at home is amazing, feels great. Not at all disappointed to miss the hundred. The 100 will come when it's the right time for me. I am happy to contribute to the team. To be honest, the pitch was very good to bat on. Credit to Anderson, Stokes for getting assistance on this surface, they bowled really well. The wicket is still good to bat on. If you apply yourself you cam score," said Washinton Sundar after winning the match by an innings and 25 runs
MAR 06, 2021 03:52 PM IST
Ravichandran Ashwin completes a five-wicket haul as he removed Daniel Lawrence to help India win by an innings and 25 runs. With this victory, they not only win the series 3-1 but also entered the ICC World Test Championship final. They will face New Zealand in the mega event which commences on June 18, 2021.
MAR 06, 2021 03:50 PM IST
Dan Lawrence Fifty
· 2nd Test fifty
· Only the 6th fifty+ score for England in the series so far.
· Fewest fifty+ scores for England in a series of 2 or more matches away from home since 1st Jan 2000.
MAR 06, 2021 03:44 PM IST
Jack Leach survives
Ashwin to Leach: Indian players appeal for a caught behind and give straightaway. Leach reviews it immediately. Replay shows no bat involved and LBW chance got nullified as the ball was pitching outside the leg stump.
MAR 06, 2021 03:37 PM IST
Michael Vaughan's message for Axar Patel
MAR 06, 2021 03:33 PM IST
England are now 28 runs behind India's first innings lead. It could be their only target right now as the match result looks like a formality only.
MAR 06, 2021 03:30 PM IST
Lawrence nearing his fifty
Dan Lawrence has played well in the Test match and is batting on 47. He also scored 46 in the first innings.
MAR 06, 2021 03:21 PM IST
Can Eng make India bat again?
England still need to make 40 runs to make India bat again in the fourth Test. Result seems a formality though.
MAR 06, 2021 03:13 PM IST
Axar to Bess - OUT!
OUT! Axar Patel has completed his five-wicket haul as he gets rid of Dom Bess. Fantastic bowling from the spinner.
MAR 06, 2021 03:09 PM IST
Axar to Foakes: OUT!
Wicket! Axar Patel gets Ben Foakes to complete a four-wicket haul. Slower delivery from Axar which spun an took the edge of Foakes' willow. Rahane takes the cath but wasn't sure he grabbed it safely. TV replay shows a clean catch and Foakes walk back. ENG: 109/7
MAR 06, 2021 03:00 PM IST
Foakes and Lawrence showing resistance
Ben Foakes and Dan Lawrence have shown great resistance against the Indian attack in the post-tea session. The duo has added 44 runs for the seventh wicket so far. ENG: 109/6, trail by 51 runs.
MAR 06, 2021 02:50 PM IST
100-up for England
England have gone past the 100-run mark after going 6 down. Daniel Lawrence is batting on 26* while Ben Foakes is unbeaten on 8*. ENG: 100/6
MAR 06, 2021 02:49 PM IST
Maiden over from Axar Patel
Another brilliant over from Axar Patel as he bowls a maiden to finish his 18th over in the second innings. The Indian spinners have been exceptional in putting the England batsmen under pressure. ENG: 99/6
MAR 06, 2021 02:43 PM IST
Ashwin, Axar looking for more wickets
After picking up three wickets apiece, the spin duo of Axar Patel and Ashwin are looking to pick a few more and wrap up the game today itself. Meanwhile, Dan Lawrence and Ben Foakes are trying to steady the English ship. ENG: 98/6, trail by 62 runs.
MAR 06, 2021 02:31 PM IST
Third session begins
Ben Foakes (1*) and Daniel Lawrence (19*) are out to bat after the tea break. They will resume England innings on 91/6 and are trailing the hosts by 69 runs. Washington Sundar begins the proceedings foe England.
MAR 06, 2021 02:26 PM IST
India vs England, 4th Test Day 3: Score alert at Tea
MAR 06, 2021 02:15 PM IST
England were 91/6 at the tea break and were trailing India by 69 runs. The second session belonged entirely to the hosts as they picked up 6 wickets (Axar and Ashwin scalping 3 wickets each) after getting bowled out for 356.
MAR 06, 2021 02:09 PM IST
Sundar to Daniel Lawrence - FOUR
Another boundary from Lawrence. It was almost a catch though. Mayank Agarwal came running from long leg and threw himself forward to take the catch but missed it completely. Four runs to England's credit, full marks to Mayank for efforts. ENG: 88/6
MAR 06, 2021 02:05 PM IST
Washington Sundar into the attack
Washington Sundar comes to bowl and replaces Ravichandran Ashwin. After missing out on his maiden Test ton by 4 runs, he would look to scalp some quick wickets and end the game in India's favour.
MAR 06, 2021 02:02 PM IST
Ben Stokes out for 2:
· All of his dismissals this series have been by spinners. [4x Ashwin, 2x Patel, 1x Nadeem and Sundar]
· 6th single-digit score in his last 10 innings in Tests
· 31st dismissal against a left-arm bowler.
MAR 06, 2021 02:00 PM IST
Ashwin to Lawrence: FOUR
FOUR! Another boundary for Dan Lawrence. He looked to cut but got an outer-edge instead. The ball went above the slips for a boundary. ENG: 78/6
MAR 06, 2021 01:55 PM IST
VVS Laxman praises Rishabh Pant
MAR 06, 2021 01:52 PM IST
Score Summary: 2nd Session
MAR 06, 2021 01:50 PM IST
Axar to Lawrence: FOUR
FOUR! Lovely shot from Daniel Lawrence. Picked up the length and cut through the gap between point and cover for a boundary.
MAR 06, 2021 01:47 PM IST
Ashwin to Root: OUT
WICKET! That's the end of innings of England captain. Ashwin strikes again and traps Joe Root in front. Flatter ball, thumped on the pads and umpire Nitin Menon gives it out. Root reviews the decision but didn't get any help. Ball tracking shows three reds and the English captain has to go. ENG: 65/6, trail by 93 runs.
MAR 06, 2021 01:41 PM IST
Patel breaks England's resistance
WICKET! Ollie Pope stumped and Axar Patel strikes again. Pope wanted to go bi as he danced down the line but gets completely beaten by the flight and turn. Pant collects the ball quickly and does the rest. ENG: 65/5
MAR 06, 2021 01:34 PM IST
Ashwin to Pope: FOUR - byes
Quicker delivery down the leg side, sharp turn and beats everyone to go for a boundary. More runs for England.
MAR 06, 2021 01:27 PM IST
Ashwin to Pope: SIX
SIX! Nice shot this from Ollie Pope. Goes down the track, gets to the pitch of the bat and smashes over mid-wicket for a maximum. ENG: 54/4
MAR 06, 2021 01:20 PM IST
Ashwin into the attack
Ashwin comes to bowl after the drinks break. He has already caused enough damage to the visitors and would look to continue the same from here onwards.
MAR 06, 2021 01:16 PM IST
Time for some drinks. England are four wickets down and now the onus is on skipper Joe Root to steady the ship. He is batting on 27* along with Ollie Pope (5*). ENG: 46/4, trail by 114 runs.
MAR 06, 2021 01:08 PM IST
Axar to Root: FOUR
FOUR! A sweep shot from the England captain through mid-wicket to get the boundary. ENG: 41/4
MAR 06, 2021 01:06 PM IST
Maiden over from Axar Patel
A good over from the left-arm spinner to keep a check on England batsmen Joe Root and Ollie Pope. No runs conceded by Axar in this over and pressure surmounts over England after losing four wickets in this session so far. ENG: 35/4
MAR 06, 2021 12:55 PM IST
Ben Stokes goes for 2
The misery of English batters continues against the Indian spinners in Ahmedabad. Axar Patel strikes and gets rid of Ben Stokes. Bowled outside off, didn't turn much. Stokes goes for a sweep, but the ball bounces at him. Kohli takes an easy catch at leg-slip. ENG: 30/4
MAR 06, 2021 12:51 PM IST
Ashwin to Root: FOUR, FOUR
English captain Joe Root brings some respite for his team. Much-needed boundaries for England after some quick dismissals after the lunch break. ENG: 28/3, trail by 132 runs.
MAR 06, 2021 12:45 PM IST
Axar to Crawley: OUT!
WICKET! Axar Patel strikes to get rid of Dom Sibley. The English opener sweeps it towards the leg side but the ball pings up Gill's at short leg and bounces up. Pant get underneath the ball and takes a dolly. ENG: 20/3
MAR 06, 2021 12:37 PM IST
Jonny Bairstow - last five Tests vs India:
MAR 06, 2021 12:34 PM IST
Zak Crawley gone for 5
· 3rd consecutive innings in which he has been dismissed for a single digit score.
· 2nd time he has been dismissed in 3 consecutive innings on a single digit score. (Last time was earlier in the year against Sri Lanka. He had scores of 9, 8 and 5.)
· This is the 9th consecutive innings in which he has been dismissed by a spinner.
MAR 06, 2021 12:28 PM IST
Ravichandran Ashwin's double strike
That's was sudden jolt from Ravichandran Ashwin that chopped off England's batting top-order. The veteran off-spinner got Crawley caught by Rahane at the first-slip and then trapped Jonny Bairstow in front, on the very next ball. back-to-back wickets, ENG: 10/2
MAR 06, 2021 12:17 PM IST
Axar begins with a maiden over after lunch
Axar Patel begins with a maiden over after the lunch break. England trail India by 154 runs.
MAR 06, 2021 12:12 PM IST
Second session begins
England openers Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley are out to bat and will resume the innings on 6/0.Axar Patel begins the attack after lunch. The visitors trail India by 154 runs.
MAR 06, 2021 12:09 PM IST
Highest 8th wicket stand at Ahmedabad
AR Patel, Washington Sundar (IND): 106 runs vs England, March 2021
MA Holding, MD Marshall (WI): 74 runs, November 1983
PS de Villiers, PL Symcox (SA): 63 runs, November 1996
A Kumble, J Srinath (IND): 62* vs NZ, October 1999
Abdul Qadir, Ijaz Faqih (PAK): 61, March 1987
MAR 06, 2021 11:55 AM IST
Siraj hit on thumb
Pacer Mohammed Siraj seems to have hurt his thumb while stopping a boundary on the final delivery of before lunch break. He put his hand down to stop a straight drive from Zak Crawley and the ball hit his thumb at pace. He was down with pain and physio Nitin Patel rushed towards him before the teams left for lunch.
Will he be back after lunch? Stay tuned for more updates.
MAR 06, 2021 11:35 AM IST
Lunch on Day 3
England were 6/0 at lunch on the third day of the fourth Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley were batting on 5* and 1* respectively. England are 154 runs behind.
MAR 06, 2021 11:30 AM IST
Hard luck, Washington Sundar
MAR 06, 2021 11:29 AM IST
4th highest partnership for the 8th wicket for India vs England
MAR 06, 2021 11:21 AM IST
England openers are out to bat
English openers Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley are out to bat. Mohammed Siraj begins the proceedings for India.
MAR 06, 2021 11:12 AM IST
India all-out for 365
Stokes cleans up Mohammed Siraj as India get bowled out for 365, leading England by 160 runs. Bad luck for Washington Sunder who was left stranded on 96*.
MAR 06, 2021 11:08 AM IST
Back-to-back wickets for England
India lose two wickets quickly, Axar and Ishant depart as Sundar is stuck on 96. Axar misses out on a well-deserved half-century and gets run out. On the next ball, Ben Stokes traps Ishant in fornt for a duck.
MAR 06, 2021 10:59 AM IST
100-run stand between Axar Patel and Washington Sundar
· This is the first time India have century partnerships for the 7th and the 8th wicket.
· This is only the 3rd time in Tests that century stands have been formed for the 7th and the 8th wicket. (England vs Australia at Sydney in 2011)
MAR 06, 2021 10:57 AM IST
Sundar approaches hundred, Axar eyeing fifty
Washington Sundar is batting in 90s while Axar Patel has gone past the 40-run mark. Both the batters are nearing big milestones as it would be a maiden century and half-century for Sundar (94*) and Axar (42*)respectively. India: 362/7, lead by 157 runs
MAR 06, 2021 10:37 AM IST
Umpires call for drinks. The English players will take some to revamp their strategies to get some wickets at this point. India have taken a lead of 139 while Sundar is nearing his maiden ton. Axar, on the other hand, looks confident and is batting on 34. The duo has added 50 runs today.
MAR 06, 2021 10:31 AM IST
Joe Root comes to bowl
Skipper Joe Root into the attack and replaces Jack Leach. He has taken a five-for in the previous game but yet to scalp his first in this game. He would look to contribute in denting this brewing partnership between Axar Patel and Washington Sundar. IND: 342/7.
MAR 06, 2021 10:29 AM IST
83-run stand between Axar and Sundar
The duo of Washington Sundar and Axar Patel is going strong and leaving no stone unturned to frustrate the English bowlers. They have stitched an 83-run stand for the 8th wicket. Sundar is batting on 85* while Axar is on 33*. IND: 342/7
MAR 06, 2021 10:23 AM IST
Leach to Sundar: FOUR
A cracking shot from Sundar. A flighted delivery from Leach and Sundar played it through bowler's fingers. That's a miss from Leach and the ball races towards the long-off fence for a boundary.
MAR 06, 2021 10:21 AM IST
Good over from Ben Stokes
The English all-rounder bowled a very good over, lowering down India's scoring rate a bit. Just 1 run conceded form the over. IND: 333/7, Stokes: 23-6-74-2
MAR 06, 2021 10:16 AM IST
Ben Stokes replaces James Anderson
Here comes Ben Stokes into the attack. He replaces James Anderson and bowling from the Adani end. IND: 332/7
MAR 06, 2021 10:14 AM IST
Axar Patel's first six in Test cricket
SIX! The first one from Axar Patel in Test cricket. What a shot that was... chipped down the track and tonked it down the ground. Jack Leach doesn't seem happy at all. IND: 332/7
MAR 06, 2021 10:08 AM IST
Sundar going strong
Washington Sundar is playing a sensible game and anchoring the Indian innings so confidently. He is up to 73* now and the all-rounder takes India's lead to 118 runs. Axar, on the other side, is on 26*. IND: 323/7
MAR 06, 2021 10:03 AM IST
Fifty-plus partnership between Axar Patel and Washington Sundar
· 24th fifty partnership for the 8th wicket for India against England in Tests. (Last was a 241-run stand between Kohli and Jayant Yadav at Mumbai in 2016.)
· 3rd fifty+ stand at this venue for the 8th wicket for India. (Last was an unbeaten 62-run stand between Kumble and Javagal Srikanth against New Zealand in 1999.)
· 100th fifty+ stand for the 8th wicket for India in Tests. (Last was between Hanuma Vihari and Ishant Sharma against West Indies at Kingston in 2019.)
MAR 06, 2021 09:59 AM IST
Leach to Axar - FOUR
Another beautiful shot to end Jack Leach's first over today. Short ball, Axar steps back and punches it powerfully through deep cover.
MAR 06, 2021 09:58 AM IST
Leach into the attack
Jack Leach comes into the attack and gets punished buy Axar Patel on the second ball with a cracking four. Short ball for the spinner, Axar goes down the line, plays with the spin and tonks it over mid-on.
MAR 06, 2021 09:48 AM IST
Bess to Washington Sundar: SIX, FOUR
Washington Sundar back to business with his batting brilliance. It's just the second over of Dom Bess and the young all-rounder is going after it with all guns ablaze. A six over the bowler's head followed by a boundary through cover. Amazing stuff. India's lead go past 100-run mark.
MAR 06, 2021 09:33 AM IST
Indian batsmen out to bat
Washington Sundar, Axar Patel are out to bat and resume the innings on 294 for 7. James Anderson begins the proceedings for England.
MAR 06, 2021 09:29 AM IST
Most wickets in third innings (since 1st Jan 2016)
R Ashwin: 66
Nathan Lyon: 66
Trent Boult: 53
Yasir Shah: 52
Ravindra Jadeja: 47
MAR 06, 2021 09:25 AM IST
Ahmedabad weather report
Temperature: 25 degree Celsius, feels like 27 degree Celsius
Highest: 38 degree Celsius
Lowest: 18 degree Celsius
MAR 06, 2021 09:22 AM IST
India vs England, 4th Test, Day 3: Pitch Report
"There is still plenty for the bowlers. I don't think England bowlers bowled as well as they could have, weren't consistent. The Indian bowlers are expected to get more assistance because of their consistency in lengths. You expect the pitch to turn a lot more on Day 3 with wear and tear. Pant has showed what can be done on this pitch, although it's not going to be all that easy against the Indian spinners," reckoned Ajit Agarkar on Star Sports
MAR 06, 2021 09:18 AM IST
'I would be able to get runs, put team in a better position': Sundar
"Amazing (feeling) honestly. I should thank the management and senior players for keeping faith in me. I just wanted to play my natural game. After about 15-20 balls, I thought if I could just defend and spend a lot of time in the middle, I would be able to get runs and also put the team in a better position. Very glad that it happened today," Sundar told Rohit Sharma in a video shared on BCCI's website.
MAR 06, 2021 09:13 AM IST
All eyes on Washington Sundar
After Rishabh Pant's dismissal on day 2, Sundar took charge and anchored the Indian innings beautifully. He brought up his half century and will resume batting on 60 not-out. He will root for his maiden century which he missed in the first Test of the series in Chennai.
MAR 06, 2021 09:07 AM IST
Huddle talk ahead of third day's play
MAR 06, 2021 09:04 AM IST
India vs England, 4th Test, Day 3: Brief Score
England 1st Innings: 205 all out in 75.5 overs (Ben Stokes 55, Dan Lawrence 46; Axar Patel 4/68, Ravichandran Ashwin 2/47, Mohammed Siraj 2/45)
India 1st Innings: 294 for 7 in 94 overs. (Rishabh Pant 101, Wasington Sundar 60, Rohit Sharma 49; James Anderson 3/40), lead by 89 runs
MAR 06, 2021 08:57 AM IST
Most Test 100s by Indian wicket-keepers:
MS Dhoni - 6 (144 innings)
Wriddhiman Saha - 3 (50)
Rishabh Pant - 3 (33)
MAR 06, 2021 08:52 AM IST
'If luck is going your way you can take the odd chance': Pant
"The team plan was to get to 206, past the England total, and then get as many runs as possible after that. You have to premeditate reverse-flicks, but if luck is going your way you can take the odd chance. I get the license most of the time, but I have to assess the situation and take the game head on. I like to make the team win and if the crowd is entertained by that, I'm happy," said Pant at the end of second day's play.
MAR 06, 2021 08:48 AM IST
Rishabh Pant's magnificent hundred
Rishabh Pant's innings was the major highlight of the second day's play. His first hundred on the home soil took India on top. His temperament under pressure was a delight to watch. He also became the 2nd wicketkeeper-batsman after MS Dhoni (110 in 2009 vs Sri Lanka) to hit a century at this venue.
MAR 06, 2021 08:35 AM IST
India vs England 4th Test Day 3 - LIVE!
Hello and welcome to our live blog on Day 3 of the 4th Test between India and England. Team India came out with a lot of energy on the second day as the knocks of Rishabh Pant (101) and Washington Sundar (60) put the hosts on top. Kohli & Co have taken a lead of 89 runs and with Sundar on the crease, there is a lot to expect on the third day as well. India will resume their innings on 294 for 7.
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