What a Test match! One that doesn’t last even six full sessions! In a Test match that turns out to be the shortest since World War II, both India and England encounter embarrassing batting collapses as the spinners make merry — majority of the wickets coming off deliveries that don’t turn much. What a game for Axar Patel, as he collects a 10-wicket match haul in only his second Test appearance, while Ravichandran Ashwin becomes the second fastest bowler to 400 Test wickets.
While England are now out of contention for a place in the World Test Championship final, they know they still can spoil India’s party by beating them in the fourth and final Test, which will take place at the same venue, with an Indian defeat resulting in Australia qualifying for the final. For that to happen however, England will have to bat, bowl and field out of their skins if they are to stop this Indian unit from making it 3-1 in the Test series!
We hope you enjoyed our coverage of the topsy-turvy third Test between India and England. Do join us in our coverage of the series finale on 4th March. For now, on behalf of my colleague Vishnu, I bid you all a very good night!
England captain, Joe Root says
We were 70-2. But we did not capitalise on it. 250 on this wicket would have made a difference. We will come back using this hurt and come back as a better team. It was high quality bowling. Both sides struggled on that wicket. We don’t define ourselves on a performance like this.
Axar Patel, Man of the Match says
When it happens, it feels so easy. I don’t think much. I just want to continue this form. I am happy that when I am not able to contribute with the bat, I am able to produce with the ball.
The mindset of batters is they play out couple of maidens, they either go for a sweep or try to hit over the infield. They call me Wasim bhai (Wasim Akram) because they feel my arm ball is very lethal. Ajju Bhai (Ajinkya Rahane) called me that and Pant has picked it up. I would want this wicket to remain the same for the final Test as well as I am picking up wickets.