Ashwin sacked Crawley and Bairstow from consecutive balls to rock England. – Sportzpics
Hello and welcome to Sportstars LIVE coverage of day 3 of the fourth test between India and England from Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
England 6/0 after 4 overs: Sibley uses some nimble steps, to suppress Axar’s straight ball in the moment. A virgin starting for India after lunch and it appears Ashwin is taking the ball from the other end while he warms up.
Welcome back to session 2! Kohli and his men take the field. The English openers Crawley and Sibley also go in the middle.
When India resumed her struggle, England would not have expected king-sized retribution. Washington Sundar and Axar Patel rode in another 100-year partnership that punched Joe Roots bowlers. England’s best bets on the ball, Stokes and Anderson, seemed to struggle with weariness as there was little the pair could do to prevent the South Paw attack. And a break had to come from a run that made Axar miss his fifty. Stokes, England’s workhorse, was back on track when he removed Ishant Sharma and Siraj in a single game to lead India to 365, whose agony weighed a little on Sundar, who went undefeated at 96. England’s struggle for survival not be just a matter of sole defense, which in the long run would be almost impossible against the likes of Axar and Ashwin. Can England land a perfect cocktail of aggression and defensive stroke play – if so, they’ll be back for a twist.
I hope England get at least a decent result in the second innings as this pitch is really difficult to complain about. # INDvsENG – Wasim Jaffer (@ WasimJaffer14) March 6, 2021
I hope England get at least a decent result in the second innings as #INDvsENG is really difficult to complain about
England 6/0 after 3 overs: LUNCH | Sibley and Crawley watch out for the short time. A lot more positive steps can be seen on the ball from the openers, and this could come in handy after lunch to help tackle the weirdos. India is falling behind in holding this test after a lead of 154 runs.
England 1/0 over 1: A good start for Siraj as Crawley patiently begins. No signs of Ishant on the field and that could mean Axar could share the new ball with Siraj before lunch.
India takes over as English openers Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley go for the bat. 11 minutes before lunch.
A huge lead of 160 runs up their sleeves and India is already taking the field with one foot into the WTC finals.
India 365 after 114.4 overs: Ben Stokes cleans up the tail! Agony for Sundar as he remains unbeaten at 96 … Stokes tosses Ishant a fuller delivery first as he shuffles towards the stump and misses it. Lot in front and the referee is there immediately. Siraj only had the task up his sleeve to see the over. But Stokes came back to clean the gates with a slower delivery that Siraj wriggles. A polished blow from Sundar doesn’t get a fruitful reward in the end. Ishant Sharma lbw b Stokes 0 (1b), Mohammed Siraj b Stokes 0 (3b)
India 365/8 after 114 Overs: Root to Sundar. OUT! Run out at the end of the non-striker and Axar Patel has to go back. Sundar knocks the ball off his pads on Bairstow just before the wicket. At this point, Axar was on his way to becoming a single. A quick throw forces Axar to run back, while Root quickly dismisses the bail. The repetitions suggest it is well below the ground and missed Axar half a century. Axar Patel expires (Bairstow / Root) 43 (97b 5×4 1×6)
India 363/7 after 113 overs: 100 consecutive partnerships for India! Sundar and Axar knocked England’s bowlers out of the air with a brilliant methodical approach. Both batsmen didn’t allow the spinners to settle down and dealt with Ben Stokes fairly easily. The lead rises to 158 while England’s chances are dwindling.
India 349/7 after 110 overs: Within 25 overs, Root has used all of his bowlers including himself, but Sundar and Patel have not moved. Axar’s sturdy approach has put Sundar in a firm position to play his strokes. At 89 he now knows he can get this bin for his father after missing one in Gabba!
India 342/7 after 107 overs: Sundar inches towards his barrel! Ben Stokes is involved in the attack but the tough opponent appears to have lost a tooth yesterday after a tough day on the field. His pace dropped and the batsmen found it easy to drive. In fact, Sundar has exceeded its highest score on tests.
India 332/7 after 104 overs: India in cruise control. Axar comes on stage and smashes Leach right on the floor for a six. Leach bowled way too straight and the batsmen have plenty of time to carve it across the field.
India 321/7 after 101 overs: Root replaces Bess with Leach, but India is just driving through. Axar invites him in with a massive slog about Long-On and Anderson was kept in check on the other end by Sundar. India is pushing England out of the competition by the minute.
India 309/7 after 98 overs: Sundar brings 300 for India with a spectacular six on the floor. Bad tactic from England to start first with Bess in the morning. Sundar adds another sizzling ride to the Bess border as India’s lead crosses 100. India’s left-handed couple have resumed their 50-year partnership after a productive end. India 294/7 after 95 overs: Anderson hits the line outside and Sundar tries to target a ride to start his day. Sundar does, however, commit with casual hands as Anderson maintains the same line throughout.
Welcome to the day 3 action folks! Joe Root and Co. go out onto the field while Washington Sundar and Axar Patel go out to strike.
England let India take the lead and eased the pressure before day 3
As we get closer to action on day three, it will be interesting to examine how England is proceeding from now on. The lack of another pacemaker put a huge strain on Stokes and Anderson on Friday. Dom Bess could not confirm his admission, as almost every border ball was given to the Indians. With the pitch expected to be a bit worn as of today, England have done their job with a bat as India’s leadership nears the 100-run mark. A victory for Root and Co. is far away at the moment.
Day 3 and done | Will India seal the deal today? – Sports pictures
Day 3 and done | Will India seal the deal today? – Sports pictures
About an hour from the start. In the meantime, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the test debut of one of India’s greatest cricketers – Sunil Gavaskar!
Gavaskar on test debut: I didn’t want to look like an idiot on the field
On a thrilling day of Test Match Cricket with thrilling ebbs and flows, India bounced back from the dust to virtually knock England the knockout blow. Joe Roots men would have had a rough night and ruined their slip after clutching the rope tight early Friday. England’s setback after the 205 release started very well when it snapped the big 3 – Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane – within the first hour.
A machine-like Anderson and relentless Ben Stokes even managed to put hitman Rohit Sharma in a grenade, who slowly crawled on 49 80 runs before the sensational Rishabh Pant met the new kid on the block, Washington Sundar , joined together.
As Pant walked briskly to fifty, Sundar had carefully fixed his gaze as England’s weirdos – Jack Leach and Dom Bess – went wrong in line and length, occasionally delivering a border ball. And soon Pant was racing through the ranks to put on a spectacle in Motera. The weirdos sweep and smash, a backward ramp from Jimmy Anderson and what not! The dashing south paw produced its third test barrel in a style with a gigantic six, but fell soon after. Sundar took over the baton from the brand.
A delicious array of punch drives and blazing averages helped Sundar hit another fifty in his early days with the Indian whites, and soon India was building an 89 run lead to completely remove England from the equation.
What began as a remarkable English comeback faded to stage another story of a gritty Indian comeback that nearly booked its ticket to London in June.
“In my opinion it was one of his nicest strokes. It also came under pressure. We weren’t in a good position when he hit the bat and we saw a few sides of his eyelash today. In the beginning he was careful and then he blossomed like he knew him and put the team under command, ”said Rohit Sharma about Rishabh Pant’s 101.
England XI: Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Dan Lawrence, Ben Foakes (week), Jack Leach, James Anderson, Dom Bess
India XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), R. Ashwin, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj
Referees on the field: Nitin Menon and Virender Sharma; Third Referee: Anil Chaudhary; Fourth referee: Shamshuddin; Referee: Javagal Srinath.