It took India just over five sessions to beat England by 10 wickets at Motera, Ahmedabad, and go 2-1 up in the four-match Test series. Resuming on 99/3, India ran into trouble early on, first against Jack Leach (4-54), then against Joe Root (5-8). They were bowled out for 145, a lead of only 33. Axar Patel (5-32) and R Ashwin (5-48) then demolished England in under a session’s cricket, and India romped to a 10-wicket win in about half an hour’s cricket. India vs England 3rd Test and the shortest Test matches
0 better match figures than Axar’s 11-70 (6-38 and 5-32) in Day-Night Test matches. The only others to have taken 10 wickets with the pink ball are Pat Cummins (10-62) and Devendra Bishoo (10-174).
0 England captains have had better figures than Joe Root’s 5-8 overseas. Even at home, only Gubby Allen (7-80), Arthur Gilligan (6-7), and Bob Willis (6-101) have done better.
1 bowler – Muttiah Muralitharan (72) – has reached 400 Test wickets in fewer matches than Ashwin (77).
1 batsman has taken more matches to hit his first six than Ishant. Glenn McGrath hit his first six in his 102nd match. Ishant hit his first in his 100th.
2 fast bowlers have now played 100 Test matches for India. Kapil Dev, who also scored over 5,000 Test runs, was the first. Ishant Sharma joined the list. Just like Kapil, Ishant, too, took the first wicket of the match.
2 Indian bowlers have taken three five-wicket hauls in their first two Test matches. Axar (2-40 and 5-60; 6-38 and 5-32) joined Narendra Hirwani (8-61 and 8-75; 2-62 and 6-59).
3 Indian batsmen have now scored 1,000 runs against England at home. Virat Kohli (1,015) joined Sunil Gavaskar (1,331) and Gundappa Viswanath (1,022). Cheteshwar Pujara has 955.
2 captains had scored a double-hundred and taken a five-wicket haul in the same series before Root – Wasim Akram and Denis Atkinson.
6 overs bowled by Jasprit Bumrah, the fewest he ever has in a Test. This was also the only time he went wicketless in a match. His figures read 6-3-19-0.
7 men have had conceded fewer runs than Root (5-8) while taking a five-wicket haul. They are Ernie Toshack (5-2), Jermaine Lawson (6-3), Bert Ironmonger (5-6), George Lohmann (8-7), Gilligan (6-7), Vernon Philander (5-7), and Bumrah (5-7). Dale Steyn, Kemar Roach, and Josh Hazlewood have also got 5-8.
10 wickets fell to spinners in England’s second innings (Axar 5-32, Ashwin 4-48, Washington Sundar 1-0), the most. This was an improvement on the previous record of 9, which happened in each of the first two innings of the Test. The record before this was 8, by West Indies against Pakistan in the third innings at Dubai in 2017/18. Bishoo claimed 8-49, but the other two wickets went to seamers.
22 wins for India at home under Kohli. Only Graeme Smith (30) and Ricky Ponting (29) have led their respective sides to more wins at home. Steve Waugh has led Australia in 22 wins.
842 balls was how long the Test match lasted. This was the seventh-shortest decided Test in history and the shortest since 1935/36.
1,754 runs for Root against India. Only Alastair Cook (2,431) has more. Root went past Graham Gooch (1,725) to secure second place.
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