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India vs England: Key stats from third Test in Ahmedabad

The Indian cricket team rode on spinners Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin’s incredible bowling to thrash England by 10 wickets in the third Test in Ahmedabad and take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.

Earlier in the day, the three Indian spinners had a hand in bowling out England for a mere 81 runs, leaving India to score 49 to win. Openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill wrapped up the contest in style, taking just 7.4 overs.

Spinners ruled the roost in the match as they bagged 29 of the 30 wickets that fell on a dusty pitch at the newly reconstructed Motera Stadium. 

The Ahmedabad Test is now the shortest Test match since World War II, and marks just the second time that a Test match in India has finished inside two days. The first one happened against Afghanistan in 2018, with the visitors making their debut in the longest format of the game. Overall, this is the 22nd time in Test cricket history that a Test has finished inside two days.

Shortest match duration in terms of balls (since Indian independence and decisive matches only)

Team 1 Team 2 Balls  Overs Winner Ground Match Date
India England 842 140.2 India Ahmedabad 24 Feb 2021
South Africa England 883 147.1 England Centurion 14 Jan 2000
Pakistan Australia 893 148.5 Australia Sharjah 11 Oct 2002
South Africa Zimbabwe 907 151.1 South Africa Port Elizabeth 26 Dec 2017
South Africa Zimbabwe 940 156.4 South Africa Cape Town 04 Mar 2005

Hometown boy Axar’s devastating spell rips through England 

Gujarat-born Axar Patel dismantled the visitors with figures of 6/38 and 5/32 as India won the only day-night Test of the series in just two days. The 27-year-old became just the eighth Indian bowler to pick 10 wickets against England in Tests.

Axar’s match figures of 11/70 is now the best bowling figures in Tests by an Indian bowler at the Motera Stadium. 

Most wickets at Motera in a Test match (Indian bowlers only)

Player Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Economy Opposition Start Date
Axar Patel 36.4 6 70 11 1.9 v England 24 Feb 2021
Venkatapathy Raju 56.2 16 125 11 2.21 v Sri Lanka 08 Feb 1994
Kapil Dev 57.3 15 135 10 2.34 v West Indies 12 Nov 1983
Harbhajan Singh 53.2 10 141 10 2.64 v Sri Lanka 18 Dec 2005
Anil Kumble 89 18 233 10 2.61 v England 11 Dec 2001

The left-arm spinner also bagged his third consecutive five-wicket haul in Test and thus becoming the fourth Indian bowler to claim three fifers in Test cricket.

Joe Root records best figures by visiting spinner at Motera

England captain Joe Root (5/8) bagged his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket, as he dragged the visitors back into the contest after India were dismissed for 145 on day two of the third test in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

Best bowling figures for an England spinner at Ahmedabad

Player Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Economy Start Date
Joe Root 6.2 3 8 5 1.26 24 Feb 2021
Ashley Giles 43.3 16 67 5 1.54 11 Dec 2001
Graeme Swann 51 8 144 5 2.82 15 Nov 2012
Jack Leach 20 2 54 4 2.7 24 Feb 2021
Richard Dawson 32 9 72 2 2.25 11 Dec 2001

Root also conceded the fewest runs in a Test five-wicket haul for England since 1924 – AER Gilligan’s 6/7 versus South Africa. The 30-year-old also became the first England captain to take a five-for since Bob Willis in 1983.

Feature image courtesy: BCCI 2021.

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