India Crush England In Shortest Test Match Since 1935

India Crush England In Shortest Test Match Since 1935

26 February 2021 01:01 am

3rd Test - England Vs India - Ahmedabad - Day 2

India crushed England by 10 wickets inside two days in a bizarre day-night Test triumph on Thursday to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.

It was the shortest completed Test match since 1935, after 17 wickets had tumbled in the first two sessions of the day, in the world's biggest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad.

Rohit Sharma hit a huge six over wide long-on only minutes after tea on the second day of action to see India to their meagre second innings target of 49 without losing a wicket.

Spinners ruled the contest claiming 28 of the 30 wickets that fell on the viciously turning track.

"It was bizarre that out of the 30 wickets, 21 were off straight balls," said Indian skipper Virat Kohli who praised his spin bowlers, but hit out at the batsmen on both sides.

"The quality of batting was not at all up to standard from both teams to be very honest," said Kohli, who has now beaten M.S. Dhoni's Indian record of 21 Test wins at home as captain.

The England skipper Joe Root said "We will use the hurt from this week as motivation going into that last game. We will come back stronger for it."

It was only the second Test in India's cricket history to end in two days. 

The last was their thrashing of Afghanistan on their Test debut in Bangalore in 2018. 

There have been less than 25 two-day games in Test history.

England's last two-day Test was when they beat West Indies at Headingley in 2000.

The hosts virtually sealed their berth in the World Test Championship final after their rare two-day Test triumph.

India need a win or draw in the fourth and final Test which begins on March 4 at the same venue to book their meeting with New Zealand at Lord's in June.

Left arm spinner Axar Patel had match figures of 11 for 80 as India outplayed their rivals in all departments. Patel has now taken at least five wickets in three of the last four innings of the series.

Patel was brilliantly supported by Ravichandran Ashwin who took seven wickets in the match and went past 400 Test scalps, when he trapped Jofra Archer lbw for nought.

Ashwin is the fourth Indian bowler after Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434) and Harbhajan Singh (417) to pass 400 wickets and the second-quickest of any nationality, after Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan.

Patel struck with the first ball of the innings castling Zak Crawley’s off stump and then went on to bowl Jonny Bairstow through the gate for a pair of ducks with his third delivery.

Root put on 31 runs for the fourth wicket with Ben Stokes who top-scored with 25.

Ashwin then trapped Stokes lbw to end the stand and Patel claimed the wicket of Root for 19.

Earlier India were bowled out for 145 in their first innings after resuming the day on 99-3.

India lost their last eight wickets for 47, as Root returned astonishing career-best figures of 5-8 in 6.2 overs. Root's figures are the most economical five-for by a spinner in Test history, and the first by an England captain since Bob Willis in 1983. Leach also went on to claim four wickets.

England were skittled out for 112 and 81,  a total of 193 for the match  - their lowest aggregate in a completed Test in India.