The third Test match between India and England made the headlines for all the drama that took place in two days. The game came to a close within two days. As a result, Virat Kohli and his teammates comfortably won the game to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match Test series.
Earlier, England won the first Test by 227 runs to take the opening lead in the series. However, Team India made a bold statement in the second Test match by beating the Aussies by 317 runs. This is also their biggest ever victory over England in Test cricket.
England captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat first with an intent to add value to the scoreboard. As it turned out, Indian spinners ran riot as they tore England’s batting line-up apart.
Axar Patel was the pick of the bowlers as he accounted for 6 dismissals. Senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took 3 wickets. As a result, England was skittled out for a paltry total of just 112 in the first innings.
Fan breaches security to meet Kohli
Team India provided a great start with the help of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. The opening pair added a 33-run stand before Gill departed for 11. Just moments after his departure, Jack Leach dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara for a duck.
Indian captain Virat Kohli came out to bat to join his partner Rohit Sharma. During the course of the game, an intruder invaded the pitch for the sole purpose of meeting his idol, Virat Kohli.
As soon as the fan came pretty closer to the skipper, the latter gave a priceless reaction. The lucky fan eventually saw Kohli before walking off the field. The video clip of the incident has spread like wildfire on social media platforms.
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Meanwhile, the skipper didn’t last long at the crease as he departed after scoring 27 (3 fours). He looked well-settled at the crease. However, he lost his focus and was chopped on the line by Jack Leach.
On the other hand, Rohit Sharma went on to score his 12th fifty in his Test career as India finished Day 1 with 99/3. India was bowled out for 145 on Day 2. Rohit top-scored with 66 (11 fours). Surprisingly, England captain Joe Root registered his first 5-wicket haul in Test.
He claimed 5/8, which is his best bowling figure in Test cricket. Jack Leach accounted for 4 dismissals to his name. As far as England’s second innings is concerned, they were bowled out for just 81.
Axar Patel – Man of the Match
Axar Patel continued his form from where he left off as he took yet another five-wicket haul. Ravichandran Ashwin took 4 wickets to his name while Washington Sundar settled for one wicket. In the end, only Indian spinners managed to pick all the 10 wickets in the second innings. England managed to stretch a small lead of just 48 runs.
Team India openers namely Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill comfortably chased down the target in 7.4 overs. The hosts won the game by 10 wickets and took a 2-1 lead in the four-match Test series. The fourth Test will kick-off in the same venue on March 4.