India’s team continued their dominance in the 3rd Test against England at Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium.
Both Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel ran through England batting order and never allowed the visitors to make a comeback in the game. While Axar picked up 6 wickets for 38 in 21.4 overs, Ashwin bagged 3 scalps for 26 in 16 overs.
Veteran Indian pacer Ishant Sharma, who played his 100th Test, took 1 wicket as England got bundled out for 112 runs. The opener Zak Crawley was the only highlight in England’s innings as he scored 53 off 84 balls with 10 boundaries in the match.
Joe Root, with 17 runs, was the 2nd-highest runs for the visiting side. He builds a vital partnership with Crawley for the 3rd wicket. Both added 47-runs before Ashwin trapped Root in the 22nd over of England’s first innings.
The Spiner, Tamil Nadu, came round the wicket and pitched it a bit full. Root misjudged the length and gave the price by hanging on the back foot. The pink leather struck him on his pads, and umpire Anil Kumar Chaudhary raised his finger. Root then went upstairs, but the ball-tracker agreed with the on-field umpire.
Ashwin just 3 wickets away from 400 Test wickets
After taking 3 scalps in the first innings, Ashwin now has 397 wickets in the most extended format. He is on the verge of becoming the 2nd-fastest bowler to complete 400 scalps. If Ashwin can take 3 or more wickets in the ongoing Test, he will surpass Richard Hadlee of New Zealand and Dale Steyn of South Africa.
Steyn and Hadlee had taken 80 Tests to get 400 scalps. If Ashwin enters the 400-wicket club in the Day/Night Test, he will reach the milestone in his 77th match. Legendary Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is at the top of the list as he took just 72 Tests to pick 400 scalps in Test cricket.