After a resounding victory at the Narendra Modi Stadium in the third Test of the four-match Test series between India and England, India has now conquered the first spot of the ICC World Test Championship Standings. They have now massively increased their chances of making it into the ICC World Test Championship finals while sabotaging England’s opportunity to face New Zealand.
It was a bizarre victory for the team as they won the match by a colossal margin of 10 wickets within two days of the pink-ball Test.
Winning the toss on Wednesday, England skipper Joe Root opted to bat first. But his decision seemed to backfire as the visitors managed to stitch up a target of only 112 runs. Axar Patel shined in the first innings as the clinched six wickets and completed his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket. Ravichandran Ashwin picked up three wickets.
It wasn’t a very fine display of batting from the Indian side in their first innings, but they successfully surpassed the score of the tourists and registered 145 runs.
The second innings of the visitors was specifically fortuitous for Ashwin as he completed his 400 Test wickets, becoming the second-fastest to achieve the feat and only the fourth Indian to hold the record. Axar Patel took another five-wicket haul, helping the hosts in bundling up the team in a trifling score of 81 runs.
With only 49 runs to chase, it was a cakewalk for the Indian team, as Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill completed the task within eight overs with Rohit’s beautiful sixer.
Taking a 2-1 lead in the series, India is just one victory away, that is the final match in Ahmedabad to cement their place in the ICC WTC finals. With England eliminated from the race, the results of the fourth Test holds the potential of favouring Australia. If India loses the game, England will make way for the Australian team to enter the WTC finals.