In the third Test match of the England tour of India, Joe Root won the toss and chose to bat at the Narendra Modi Stadium. At dinner, day 2, First Innings, England 112/10, Zak Crawley (53). First Innings, India 145/10, Rohit Sharma (66). Second Innings, England 81/10, Axar Patel (5/32). Second innings, India 11/0, Rohit Sharma (6*), Shubman Gill (1*). The second session of the day belonged to the Indian team as they took ten wickets with conceding 81 runs. India needs 49 runs to win the third Test match.
Zak Crawley and Dominic Sibley (7) walked in to bat in the second session to commence England’s batting. Axar Patel struck on the first ball of the third inning when he clean bowled Crawley leaving the batsman clueless with his delivery. Jonny Bairstow came to the crease after the opener’s departure, the number three batsman was given out on his first delivery but the decision was overturned due to DRS. In the following delivery, Patel breached Bairstow’s defence and the batsman was clean bowled. Joe Root (19) and Sibley added 19 runs together before the latter was caught behind the stumps on Patel’s bowling. The England skipper and Ben Stokes (25) gathered 31 runs for the fourth wicket. Before the two dangerous batsmen could settle in, Stokes was plumbed by Ravichandran Ashwin. The off-spinner got the southpaw’s wicket for the 11th time in the longest format. Root also departed in the following over in the same fashion as Stokes on Patel’s bowling. The visiting England team couldn’t control the fall of wickets as they kept losing their batsmen at regular intervals. Ollie Pope (12) and Ben Foakes (8) were the two new batsmen at the crease, the former was clean bowled by Ashwin in the 22nd over. Jofra Archer walked in to bat after Pope’s wicket, the tail-ender couldn’t survive long as he was struck on his pad right in front of the stumps while sweeping on Ashwin’s delivery. With this wicket, the all-rounder got his 400th victim in Test cricket and became the only third Indian bowler to grab as many wickets. Patel got his fifth wicket of the inning in the form of Foakes, the batsman was struck right in front of his pads. Leach was counter-attacking the Indian bowlers to churn out some important runs for his team before he was caught at the slips on Ashwin’s bowling. As the pitch didn’t offer anything to the pacers, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah were used in the third inning of the match. The visitors looked clueless against the Indian spinners on the tricky Ahmedabad pitch.
For India, the spin duo of Patel and Ashwin bundled the England batting line up as the former grabbed five wickets while the latter pocketed four wickets with Washington Sundar got one wicket to his name. The Indian openers walked in to bat at the back end of the second session to bat for just four minutes. In the second session, 92 runs were scored in 32.4 overs at the run rate of 2.28 runs per over.