Indian spinners Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin took seven wickets between them as England’s batting failed again on the first day of the fourth and final Test on Thursday.
India, leading 2-1 in the series, struggled to make runs and lost crucial wickets early in the day, including skipper Virat Kohli who failed to score. But Pant put on 113 for the seventh wicket with Sundar to hit back after the England bowlers reduced India to 146 for six at one stage.
Skipper Virat Kohli said India were ‘relieved’ to make the inaugural World Test Championship final and would now focus on that ‘one big game’ against New Zealand in June after seeing off England. India crushed Joe Root’s side inside three days
While there is still speculation over the kind of wicket that will be dished out for the fourth and final Test between India and England at the Narendra Modi Stadium here, the visitors are preparing for the worst, expecting the ball to turn from ball one.
England and Joe Root scared the wits out of India by trouncing the hosts in the Chennai Test. But India bounced back in style (“India crush England by 10 wickets inside two days, take 2-1 lead in series,” Feb. 25, Gulf Today).
Hosts India pushed themselves to the top of the World Test Championship standings after defeating England by 10 wickets in the only day-night Test of the series at Motera (“Kohli hails new ‘lethal’ spin king Patel,” Feb. 26, Gulf Today).
The World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand in June has been moved from Lord's to Southampton because of the pandemic, Indian cricket board chief Sourav Ganguly said.
Ahmedabad: India’s winning combination from the T20 International series in Australia will definitely change especially in batting with Rohit Sharma coming in as opener and Rishabh Pant likely to don the gloves ahead of KL Rahul.
Ahmedabad: Jos Buttler powered England to an eight-wicket victory over India on Tuesday, with the tourists taking a 2-1 lead in their five-match Twenty20 series despite a sparkling innings from Virat Kohli. The home skipper’s 77-run blitz revived India