Ind vs Eng 3rd Test: After Axar-Ashwin, Leach and Root dominate at Motera; Spinners share 18 wickets in pink-ball Test

Ind vs Eng 3rd Test: After Axar-Ashwin, Leach and Root dominate at Motera; Spinners share 18 wickets in pink-ball Test:Axar-Ashwin, Leach-Root pick nine wickets in each innings as batsmen fail to answer “Pink-ball turner”- In one of the most dramatic Test to have ever taken place in India, both India and England lost 18 wickets to spinners in their first and second innings. Joe Root found his luck with the ball on Day 2. He picked a fifer, while left-arm spinner Jack Leach’s four wickets helped England derail India. The hosts were bowled out for just 145 runs in their first innings on Day 2 of the ongoing third Test at Narendra Modi Stadium. As a result, India could only manage 33 runs lead.

While Joe Root ended with figures of 5/8, Leach took four wickets for 54.

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Resuming at an overnight 99 for 3, India added just 46 runs from 20.2 overs for the loss of seven wickets. It took 53.2 overs in all for the Indian innings to fold before an early tea break was taken. Except for Rohit Sharma (66), other batsmen failed to read the pink-ball turner. Virat Kohli was the second-best top-scorer with 27 runs.

Ravichandran Ashwin added a crucial 17 runs off 32 balls before he became England captain Joe Root’s one of the five victims.

Earlier on Day 1, Axar Patel and R Ashwin’s combo had left England’s batting tottering in their first innings. Zak Crawley was the top scorer with 53 runs. The rest of the England batsmen also scored the same amount of runs (53). The visitors were bowled out for 112 runs. While Axar returned with figures of 6/38, Ashwin scalped three wickets.

The two teams went into the contest with no idea how the pitch will behave. So far, it has proved to be a disaster for the batsmen. The hosts are aiming for their second win in the Pink-ball test at home. A win will keep the two teams in the hunt for the WTC final spot