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IND vs ENG live blog: Emphatic win as India thrash England to reach ICC Test Championship final

rituraj@khaleejtimes.com Filed on March 6, 2021 | Last updated on March 6, 2021 at 01.37 pm
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England 135 all out in 54.5 overs

India vs England 2021 Highlights, 4th Test, Day 2:

2:25pm

Emphatic win as India clinch reach ICC Test Championship final

England 135 all out in 54.5 overs (England first innings 205, India first innings 365)

Axar Patel (5/48) and Ravichandran Ashwin (5/47) shared all 10 England second innings wickets as India won the fourth Test by an innings and 25 runs to clinch the series 3-1.

With the emphatic win, India also clinched their spot in the ICC World Test Championship final (June 22) against New Zealand.

England were all out for just 135 in their second innings.

Dan Lawrence (50), who scored a fighting half century, was dismissed by Ashwin to complete a resounding win for India.


2:15pm

England 135 for 9 in 54.3 overs (England first innings 205, India first innings 365)

Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Jack Leach (2) for his fourth wicket as England lost their ninth wicket in the final session.

Leach fell after Dan Lawrence (50 not out, six fours) brought up his half century, a brilliant effort with the bat amid the carnage at the other end.

This is the second half century for Lawrence in his fifth Test match.


1:50pm

England 112 for 8 in 47 overs (England first innings 205, India first innings 365)

Axar Patel continues his dream run with the ball in his debut series, getting another five wicket haul as Dom Bess became the eighth English wicket to fall in the final session of the third day.

Jack Leach has joined Dan Lawrence (31 not out) in the middle.

India now need only two wickets for an innings win.


1:40pm

Patel ends Foakes’s resistance as India inch closer to victory

England 111 for seven in 45 overs (England first innings 205, India first innings 365)

Axar Patel has done it again, getting his fourth wicket of the second innings as the Indian spinner dismissed Ben Foakes (13).

The England wicketkeeper-batsman was caught at slips by Rahane, ending his 44-run partnership with Dan Lawrence.

Dom Bess has joined Lawrence in the middle.

India need three more wickets for an innings victory.


1:25pm

England 108 for six in 42 overs (England first innings 205, India first innings 365)

Dan Lawrence (30 not out) and wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes (12 not out) have helped England reach the 100-mark in their second innings during the first nine overs of the final session on Day Three.

Lawrence and Foakes have so far shared 43 runs in their unbroken seventh wicket partnership.

Virat Kohli has introduced Washington Sundar into the attack and the young off-spinner has Ravichandran Ashwin for support at the other end.

England still need another 52 runs to avoid innings defeat in the final Test.


12:40pm

England 91 for six in 33 overs (England first innings 205, India first innings 365)

Dan Lawrence (19 not out) and wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes (6 not out) batted confidently to avoid further damage as England reached tea at 91 for six in their second innings, still needing 69 runs to avoid an innings defeat.

Six wickets fell in the post-lunch session as Ashwin and Patel took three wickets each.

No monsters have emerged from the pitch to haunt the English batsmen, but they seem to have no answer to the superior skills of India’s two premier spinners.

Lawrence and Ben Foakes have added 26 runs for the seventh wicket. Can they put up fight to give the English total some sort of respectability?

Keep following the live updates here.


12:05pm

England 65 for six in 25.1 overs (England first innings 205, India first innings 365)

Just when England captain Joe Root (30) and Ollie Pope (15) were beginning to look good as a pair, Axar Patel struck again for his third wicket.

Pope was stumped brilliantly by Rishabh Pant, ending his promising start.

Then in the next over, Ashwin got his third wicket and this time it was Root who had to take the long walk back to the pavilion.

Root was plumb in front of the wicket as the Indians celebrated wildly.

Two quick wickets dealt a devastating blow to England’s hopes of avoiding an innings defeat.


11:50am

Drinks break

England 46 for four in 19 overs (England first innings 205, India first innings 365)

England have survived six overs after Axar Patel dismissed Ben Stokes for 2. Captain Virat Kohli brought back Mohammad Siraj into the attack with the pace bowler replacing Ravichandran Ashwin.

England captain Joe Root (27 not out, 56 balls) is batting beautifully, but he needs support from Ollie Pope (5 not out) if England hope to avoid the embarrassment of an innings defeat.

The visitors still need 114 runs to make India bat again.


11:20am

Patel dismisses Stokes

England 30 for four in 13.1 overs (England first innings 205, India first innings 365)

England’s second innings have been an absolute disaster as the visitors lost their talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes (2) in the post-lunch session.

Captain Joe Root (16 not out) faces a massive challenge to avoid an innings defeat after Patel dismissed Stokes whose attempted sweep shot safely landed in Virat Kohli’s hands at leg slip.


11:10am

Patel gets Sibley

England 20 for three in 10 overs (England first innings 205, India first innings 365)

After Ravichandran Ashwon’s two quick wickets, left-arm spinner Axar Patel struck in his fifth over to dismiss Dom Sibley (5).

The England opener was caught behind by Rishabh Pant.

England are in big trouble at 20 for three in 10 overs, still trailing India by 140 runs.


11am

Ashwin strikes

England 15 for 2 in seven overs (England first innings 205, India first innings 365)

Veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin struck for India with two wickets in two balls to leave England in tatters.

Resuming at 6 for no loss in their second innings in the post-lunch session, England lost opener Zak Crawley (5) and number three Jony Bairstow (0) for a first ball duck.

Captain Joe Root (3 not out) joined Dom Sibley (2 not out) in the middle as the visitors were 15 for two after seven overs.

The two England batsmen face a big challenge to revive their second innings against Ashwin and Axar Patel.


10am

England 6 for no loss in second innings at lunch (England first innings 205, India first innings 365)

England openers Zak Crawley (5 not out) and Dom Sibley (1 not out) made a cautious start to their second innings after India took a big first innings lead of 160 runs in the third day of the fourth Test in Ahmedabad on Saturday.

England were six for no loss at lunch, still needing 154 runs to make India bat again.

Earlier, a brilliant 106-run partnership between Washington Sundar (96 not out) and Axar Patel (43) put India in a commanding position.

England hit back, though, with three quick wickets in five balls to end India’s first innings at 365. But Sundar and Patel’s partnership has kept India’s chances of series win alive.

India lead the four-Test series 2-1 as they need to avoid defeat in the final Test to seal their place in the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand.


9:40am

India all out for 365

England hit back with three quick wickets to end India’s first innings at 365. Axar Patel (43, 97b 5x4 1x6) was the first man to go after a mix up with Washington Sundar resulted in a run out as India lost their eight wicket in the final ball of the 114th over.

Then in the first ball of the next over, Ishant Sharma (0) was dismissed by Ben Stokes before the England all-rounder bowled last man Mohammad Siraj in the same over.

Those three quick wickets left Washington Sundar stranded at 96 not out (174 balls, 10 fours, one six).

But thanks to Sundar’s brilliant 106-run partnership with Patel, India have earned a big first innings lead of 160 runs.


9:25am

India 363/7 after 113 overs (England first innings 205).

Washington Sundar (95 not out) is into the nervous 90s now as the Indian lead now have increased to 158 runs.

Axar Patel (42 not out) and Sundar have both batted with remarkable ease against the England bowlers.


9am

Drinks break

India 344/7 after 108 overs (England first innings 205).

The brilliant Washington Sundar (86 not out) just registered his highest score in Test cricket as India took a commanding lead at the drinks break in the morning session of the third day in the fourth Test.

Axar Patel (34 not out) has also been brilliant with the bat as India are now leading by 139 runs.

The home team have added 50 runs to their overnight score of 294 for seven in 13 overs so far in the morning session.


8:50am

India 333/7 after 105 overs (England first innings 205).

Washington Sundar (76 not out) and Axar Patel (33 not out) have continued to impress with the bat on the third morning of the fourth Test as India now lead by 128 runs.

England bowlers have failed to put any sort of pressure on the two Indian all-rounders.


8:25am

India have made a confident start to the third day’s play in the fourth Test against England in Ahmedabad.

The day got underway with veteran England fast bowler James Anderson bowling the first over.

But Washington Sundar (71 not out) and Axar Patel (26 not out) have added 22 runs in the first five overs in the third morning.

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Sundar hit a delightful six off Dom Bass to bring up India’s 100-run lead.

India were 320 for seven after 100 overs, with a 115-run first innings lead.


8:05am

The third day’s play in the fourth Test just got underway with veteran England fast bowler James Anderson bowling the first over.

Washington Sundar (60 not out, 123 balls, eight fours) defended well as Anderson bowled his 12th maiden over of the innings.

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India have a crucial 89-run lead, having finished Day Two at 294 for seven, in reply to England’s first innings total of 205.

It was Rishabh Pant’s heroic 101 on the second day of the Test that put India in a commanding position after the hosts were struggling at 146 for six.

Sundar and Axar Patel (11 not out) will try to add some more runs to the Indian first innings on Saturday before England bowlers get a crack at the tail-enders.


7:40am

India in command after Pant century

India will go into the third day of the fourth Test against England with a crucial 89-run lead, having finished Day Two at 294 for seven, in reply to England’s first innings total of 205.

It was Rishabh Pant’s heroic 101 on the second day of the Test that put India in a commanding position after the hosts were struggling at 146 for six.

Promising all-rounder Washington Sundar (60 not out, 117 balls, eight fours) and Axar Patel (11 not out) will try to add some more runs to the Indian first innings on Saturday before England bowlers get a crack at the tail-enders.

The fourth day’s play starts at 8am UAE Time.

author

Rituraj Borkakoty

A big fan of the Argentina national football team, Rituraj generally writes on sports. But he deeply cherishes the time he spent with his favourite musician from Assam, India, for an interview. And he loves to bring human interest stories to Khaleej Times readers.





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