Player of the Match
Player of the Match
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    7.5 Feebly chipped straight into the lap of mid-off. Two in two for local lad Axar. Pushed through on off stump, Crawley ventures down the track once again, looks to mess with Axar's lines and lengths with a loft. But, he can't get close enough to the pitch of the ball. Miscues it to Siraj. It's quite difficult to sweep or step out to Axar 15/2
    5.2 oh, hello, another straight ball pings the stumps! The new red ball slides in from left-arm around, as opposed to turning away. Sibley plays for turn and is beaten on the inside edge....Okay, replays indicate that ball grazed the inside edge and then disturbed the stumps 10/1
    28.1 inducker from Siraj at 146.4ks, and this time umpire Menon raises his finger. Umesh-like delivery. Given out lbw. YJB has a chat with his partner and calls for a review. On a length and swerves back in quite sharply, thumps a crease-bound YJB on the back leg in front of middle. No bat. It would have clipped the bails and it's enough for umpire Menon's call to be upheld. Siraj cranked it up, got it to skid quickly off the pitch and defeated Bairstow there. Bairstow shakes his head and looks perplexed - perhaps he thought he was given out caught behind 78/4
    12.1 pinned on the crease and Root is gone! Disaster for England, their skipper has been nailed by the inswinger! Stone dead as Siraj curls it into his rooted back-foot block, and he doesn't even review. That is a body blow for England's hopes of a competitive first innings 30/3
    46.4 round the wicket, no spin, sliding into the pads, and Stokes is sent on his way! He was beginning to look solid, but the arm ball strikes! Pope confirms that that's pretty adjacent, and Stokes flings his head back as he begins to march off 121/5
    61.3 Ashwin gets Pope for the third straight time! Pops it to short leg. Bat-pad and then lobs to the right of short leg, where Gill snaffles it. Pope dares to step out to Ashwin once again. The bowler held this back, gave it more air, dipped at Pope. He still has a crack at it, having stepped down the track, and chips an inside edge which loops off the back pad to the close-in fielder 166/6
    70.1 easy for Pant as Lawrence runs down the deck again. This time he's nowhere near the pitch of the ball. A bit of turn away and the keeper does the rest. Tries another big sloggish attempt to reach his fifty...this time he's caught napping by a length ball from Patel 188/8
    65.4 big fat edge and there goes another! Rahane at slip, keeping low to scoop up the chance, as Ashwin slides the floater off the edge of a lunging blade from Foakes, who was set up by a big turner the previous ball and done all in by the next! 170/7
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    70.4 umpire Menon says out for lbw but Bess reviews. This was a length ball landing on off and angling into his pads. Ball goes past Bess' inside edge and hits the front leg as he defends down the wrong line. Ball tracking says that's crashing into leg stump with the around-the-stumps angle from the bowler. Axar one away from a five-for 189/9
    75.5 England all out? Leach reviews. Ashwin comes over the stumps this time, and gets something to happen first ball. Fullish on off, and angling in. Leach has bat and pad together, but the ball has hit the pad first before hitting the blade. Ball tracking says hitting in front of middle, and crashing into middle and leg. England all out for 205 205/10
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    Extras
    10 (b 3, lb 5, nb 1, w 1)
    TOTAL
    205 all out (75.5 Overs, RR: 2.7, 320 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Dom Sibley, 5.2 ov), 2-15 (Zak Crawley, 7.5 ov), 3-30 (Joe Root, 12.1 ov), 4-78 (Jonny Bairstow, 28.1 ov), 5-121 (Ben Stokes, 46.4 ov), 6-166 (Ollie Pope, 61.3 ov), 7-170 (Ben Foakes, 65.4 ov), 8-188 (Dan Lawrence, 70.1 ov), 9-189 (Dom Bess, 70.4 ov), 10-205 (Jack Leach, 75.5 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    I Sharma922302.5500
    Mohammed Siraj1424523.2111
    AR Patel2676842.6100
    R Ashwin19.544732.3600
    Washington Sundar711412.0000
  • BATSMEN
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    0.3 thumped on the pad and up goes the finger! Gill reviews, but that looked pretty adjacent, middle and leg line, straightening into the knee-roll... no bat involved, so here comes Ball Tracker ... clipping the top of leg, and the decision stands! Gill is gone for a duck, and England have their incision! 0/1
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    49.6 No fifty for Rohit as the returning Stokes traps him. Rohit calls for a review. Good length, starts outside off and jags back in viciously to beat the inside edge and ping him on the back leg in line with off. The tracker returns umpire's call on impact (marginal call on off) and it would have trimmed the bails, enough for the on-field out decision from Menon to be upheld. Rohit had looked to go leg side, but the ball skidded back in to pin him in front. Stokes is putting in a great shift on a near-40 degree day 121/5
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    23.6 another lbw appeal. Leach reckons it's pad first once again. This time the spinner wins an lbw appeal from Menon. Faster and flatter, sliding in towards off and middle from left-arm around. Pujara prods forward, but Ultra Edge confirms it's indeed pad first before Pujara nicked it. Pujara calls for a review, thinking he had hit the ball first. The tracker returns three reds and Pujara is gone. Another excellent decision from Menon. So, Leach gets Pujara once again 40/2
    26.4 banged in short, and there's the breakthrough! Wow, that's a vast moment in this match ... Kohli is drawn into a loose defensive waft as the ball gets big on him outside off, and Foakes snaffles the skipper for a duck! India have trudged along at barely a run an over, and it's given England the chance to pile on the pressure now 41/3
    37.5 edged and Stokes scoops it up at second slip! A huge finish to a fine session from England, back of a length, a hint of movement away from a tentative bat, Rahane pushes at it fafefully and India lose their fourth! 80/4
    84.1 gone this time! Anderson gets the final word, but what a stunning innings it has been. Back of a length, Pant winds into a massive mow across the line, but honks it straight to Root at short midwicket. That's a sharp take for a ball that was sizzling, and he tosses it away with the look of a captain who has had the game ripped away from him. I suspect Pant's sealed his side's place in the World Test Championship final. 259/7
    58.1 clipped in the air, straight to short midwicket! Dipping on the leg stump, Ashwin looked for the nurdle to the leg side, but the ball stopped on him, his bat-face closed to a leading edge, and Pope hops to complete a lobbed chance! The scales tilt once more... 146/6
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    113.6 low full toss, Sundar whips straight to mid-on, and Patel is streaking for the single! He's been sent back, but can't make it as the shy comes in! Root gathers well, whips off the bails, and the partnershop comes to a sad end. Patel had designs on a milestone of his own! 365/8
    114.1 nailed in front of the stumps! Ishant anticipated the rib-tickler, shuffled across his crease, and Stokes doesn't need to look at the umpire to know that is stone dead! A penny for Sundar's thoughts... he is in sudden danger of being stranded! 365/9
    114.4 bowled him! Top of off stump, Siraj can't get behind the line, and he's crestfallen for his team-mate, as Stokes cleans up with some late reward for his efforts 365/10
    Extras
    19 (b 10, lb 6, nb 3)
    TOTAL
    365 all out (114.4 Overs, RR: 3.18, 546 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Shubman Gill, 0.3 ov), 2-40 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 23.6 ov), 3-41 (Virat Kohli, 26.4 ov), 4-80 (Ajinkya Rahane, 37.5 ov), 5-121 (Rohit Sharma, 49.6 ov), 6-146 (Ravichandran Ashwin, 58.1 ov), 7-259 (Rishabh Pant, 84.1 ov), 8-365 (Axar Patel, 113.6 ov), 9-365 (Ishant Sharma, 114.1 ov), 10-365 (Mohammed Siraj, 114.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    JM Anderson25144431.7600
    BA Stokes27.468943.2101
    MJ Leach2758923.2901
    DM Bess1717104.1701
    JE Root1815603.1100
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    4.4 edged and pouched at first slip by Rahane! After beating Crawley with a big-turning offbreak, Ashwin makes the incision with a non-turner. Full and pushed through around off stump, the new ball slides on this time. Ashwin tricks Crawley into playing for turn, snags the outside edge, and over to Rahane 10/1
    9.6 Bizarre play. What an unfortunate way to go. Sibley walks off even before the TV umpire makes his decision. The soft signal is out. Sibley stretches out and seeps it firmly into the left leg of the short-leg fielder who was taking evasive action. The ball pings the knee of Gill, bounces up. Pant follows the ball, runs in, and takes it where silly-point may have been 20/3
    4.5 Two in two for Ashwin as YJB prods it straight into the lap of leg slip. Tossed up on middle, Ashwin gives this more air and finds turn. Bairstow hangs back in the crease, closes his bat-face, aiming for the glance, and pops it up to Rohit. Motera celebrates with Ashwin and Rohit. YJB bags another duck 10/2
    25.1 right back on the stumps, thumped on the pads, Root is lbw! He's reviewed straightaway, as well he might. Is there inside edge? Nope, I don't think so ...and that's going to be smashing middle and off, surely.... three red lights and that is England toasted, buttered and ready for the application of cream and jam. 65/6
    13.1 England are four down and sinking at the Motera. On a length and outside off, not much turn, Stokes stretches out for a sweep, but the ball bounces at him. He can only lob it up to Kohli at leg-slip. If Ashwin doesn't get you, Axar/Washington will... 30/4
    24.5 dragged out of the crease, and Pant has pulled off a blinding stumping! It was coming all over long, Pope's methods were scrambled by the sheer fizz of Axar's deliveries... he tried to gallop to the pitch and take the positive route, but all he found was a tangle of limbs and willow as the ball dipped through his intentions, then exploded off the pitch. Pant, unsighted amid all this, grabs supremely by his throat and stretches to flick off the bails. He's not in the frame 65/5
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    54.5 a big wipe through the line, and Ashwin seals it with a five-for! Lawrence going for his century of runs for the match, aims a flat-footed mow, chooses the wrong line, and gets his bails trimmed. An inelegant finish, but he's shown his ticker. But this is India's moment now. A 3-1 win, and they are off to the World Test Championship final in June. 135/10
    43.1 edged...and did the carry to Rahane at first slip? He isn't sure. It has been referred to the TV umpire, the soft signal is not out. Axar slows this up, pitches outside off, spins and bounces outside off. Foakes has to reach for the ball and nicks it low. Rahane dives to his left and seems to have his fingers underneath the ball. It's a clean catch, and there's the breakthrough for India. They're just three away now. Axar is one away from another five-for at his home ground 109/7
    45.1 Pant appeals for the catch, and umpire Menon raises his finger to thrill the Motera crowd. Bounces from a length outside off, Bess aims to slog-sweep it away over the leg side. But he can only under-edge it behind to Pant. Fourth five-for in his debut Test series for Axar 111/8
    54.2 a soft-handed snaffle from Rahane, and there goes another! The TV umpires are checking, but the soft signal is out. Another ripper across the left-hander's bows, this time it kisses the splice as it passes, and with fingers splayed at slip, Rahane scoops up his second, inches from the turf 134/9
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    Extras
    12 (b 4, lb 8)
    TOTAL
    135 all out (54.5 Overs, RR: 2.46, 210 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Zak Crawley, 4.4 ov), 2-10 (Jonny Bairstow, 4.5 ov), 3-20 (Dom Sibley, 9.6 ov), 4-30 (Ben Stokes, 13.1 ov), 5-65 (Ollie Pope, 24.5 ov), 6-65 (Joe Root, 25.1 ov), 7-109 (Ben Foakes, 43.1 ov), 8-111 (Dom Bess, 45.1 ov), 9-134 (Jack Leach, 54.2 ov), 10-135 (Dan Lawrence, 54.5 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    Mohammed Siraj401203.0000
    AR Patel2464852.0000
    R Ashwin22.544752.0500
    Washington Sundar401604.0000

Close of Play

  • Thu, 04 Mar - day 1 - India 1st innings 24/1 (RG Sharma 8*, CA Pujara 15*, 12 ov)
  • Fri, 05 Mar - day 2 - India 1st innings 294/7 (Washington Sundar 60*, AR Patel 11*, 94 ov)
  • Sat, 06 Mar - day 3 - England 2nd innings 135 (54.5 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

England 3rd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st10DP SibleyZ Crawley
2nd0JM BairstowDP Sibley
3rd10JE RootDP Sibley
4th10JE RootBA Stokes
5th35JE RootOJ Pope
6th0JE RootDW Lawrence
7th44BT FoakesDW Lawrence
8th2DW LawrenceDM Bess
9th23MJ LeachDW Lawrence
10th1JM AndersonDW Lawrence