9 Wickets Between Ashwin, Axar and India’s Target Is 49 Runs
England managed to set India a 49-run target to win the third Test at Ahmedabad.
Indian slow bowlers on Thursday bagged all 10 wickets to spin out England for a mere 81 runs in their second innings on a dusty pitch, leaving Virat Kohli's team a 49-run target to win the third Test in Ahmedabad.
Left-armer Axar Patel picked his second successive five-wicket haul -5/32 on Thursday, after 6/38 on Day 1, for match figures of 11/70.
Off-spinners R. Ashwin bagged four and Washington Sundar one on the second day of the five-day match, which could well finish on Thursday itself.
England batsmen were completely exposed against spin and only three of them entered double-digit scores, with Ben Stokes being the top scorer with 25 (34 balls, 3x4s).
R Ashwin achieved a personal milestone as well when he picked the wicket of Jofra Archer, becoming the fourth Indian to pick 400 Test wickets. He is the second-quickest bowler to reach the landmark after Muttiah Muralitharan.
Earlier in the day, India took a slender 33-run first-innings as they were bowled for 145 in 53.2 overs in the first session. England captain Joe Root, at best a part-time spinner, took a staggering career-best figures of five wickets for eight runs -- his first five-wicket haul in first-class cricket -- to hasten India's demise.
Left-arm spinner Jack Leach bagged four wickets for 54, as India slumped from 98 for two to be all out for 145.
Only four Indian batsmen reached the double figures in their first innings, with Rohit Sharma being the highest scorer with 66 off 96 balls.
Brief scores: England: 112 all out in 48.4 overs (Zak Crawley 53, Joe Root 17; Axar Patel 6/38, R Ashwin 3/6) and 81 in 30.4 overs (Ben Stokes 25, Joe Root 19, Ollie Pope 12, Axar Patel 5/32, R. Ashwin 4/48, Washington Sundar 1/1) India: 145 in 53.2 (Rohit Sharma 66, Virat Kohli 27, R. Ashwin 17, Joe Root 5/8, Jack Leach 4/54)
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