World Test Championship Scenario: Even a Draw in Final Test Will Take India to Lord’s
India’s win over England in Motera have now made sure that India will have to either win or can even settle for a draw in the final Test match in order to make it to the World Test Championship Final. After a loss in Chennai, Virat Kohli-led side came back strongly to win back-to-back Test matches in Chennai and Ahmedabad and now with 2-1 series lead, they look set to flourish.
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— ICC (@ICC) February 25, 2021
After this win India are now table toppers with 490 points and 70 points ahead of the finalist New Zealand. However England can play party spoilers if they beat India because then Australia will go through. As far as England are concerned, their dream for making it to the WTC Final is all but over.
Meanwhile earlier in the day, Left-arm spinner Axar Patel created an illusion of turn with 11 straighter deliveries that put India on the brink of the World Test Championship final with a 10-wicket demolition of England inside two days in the day-night third Test here on Thursday. In only his second Test, Patel (15-0-32-5), with a match-haul of 11/70, relentlessly hit the good length area and hoodwinked England batsmen, who played for turn only to find that there was none on offer from him.
The result was their lowest total against India — 81 all out in 30.4 overs leaving the hosts with a target of 49 which they achieved with minimum fuss taking a 2-1 lead in the four-match series. At the other end, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (15-3-48-4) was an ideal foil, becoming the fourth Indian bowler and second fastest in the world to complete a commendable milestone of 400 Test wickets with the dismissal of Jofra Archer.
Incidentally, after Afghanistan’s debut Test in 2018 in Bengaluru, this was the second time that India won a Test match, well inside two days. This was after England skipper Joe Root’s fabulous career-best spell of 6.2-3-8-5 resulted in India’s dramatic collapse from 114 for 3 to 145 all out.
India lost as many as seven wickets for only 31 runs after looking solid at 114 for 3 at one stage in the game but England lost all 10 in an entire session in which no pacer was seen in action. Ironically, it was the non-turning deliveries from Patel that had the England’s rank and file pressing the panic button as they pre-empted away turn every time.
(With PTI Inputs)