Ind vs Eng 3rd Test: Magnificent Joe Root uproots India, registers cheapest five-wicket haul in Tests– After a rough Day 1, England skipper Joe Root struck back, not with the bat, but with the ball, scalping five wickets to leave India reeling in the 3rd Test against India at the revamped Motera stadium in Ahmedabad on Thursday. Thanks to Root and Jack Leach, India were bowled out for 145.
After Indian spinners skittled out England for paltry 112 runs in the first innings, it was up to a depleted English spin attack to take advantage of the Motera’s dusty wicket that assisted spinners. With no Moeen Ali and Dominic Bess to take revenge, it was up to Root to play the role of the second spinner.
Cheapest five-wicket haul in Tests by spinners:
5/8 Joe Root v Ind Ahmedabad 2020/21
5/9 Tim May v WI Adelaide 1992/93
6/9 Michael Clarke v Ind Mumbai WS 2004/05
The English skipper played the role really well. After Leach sent Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma back to the pavilion early on Day 2, Root scalped Risabh Pant (1), Washington Sundar (0), Axar Patel (0), Ravichandran Ashwin (17) and Jasprit Bumrah (1) in just 6.2 overs to bowl India out for 145 on Thursday.
His finger-spin was difficult for Indian middle-order batsmen to read as the balls kept coming low. As they struggled, Pant was stumped by Ben Foakes, Patel gave a catch to Dom Sibley and Sundar’s was bowled. Apart from Root, Leach scalped four wickets for 46 runs.
It was his career-best bowling figure. His earlier best was 4/87 against South Africa. In 2013, against South Africa, Root scalped four wickets for 87 runs as England beat the hosts at Port Elizabeth by an innings and 53 runs.
|Rohit Sharma||lbw b Leach||66||96||208||11||0||68.75|
|Shubman Gill||c Crawley b Archer||11||51||80||2||0||21.57|
|Cheteshwar Pujara||lbw b Leach||0||4||3||0||0||0.00|
|Virat Kohli (c)||b Leach||27||58||85||3||0||46.55|
|Ajinkya Rahane||lbw b Leach||7||25||25||1||0||28.00|
|Rishabh Pant †||c †Foakes b Root||1||8||18||0||0||12.50|
|Ravichandran Ashwin||c Crawley b Root||17||32||–||3||0||53.13|
|Washington Sundar||b Root||0||12||13||0||0||0.00|
|Axar Patel||c Sibley b Root||0||2||2||0||0||0.00|
|Ishant Sharma||not out||10||20||–||0||1||50.00|
|Jasprit Bumrah||lbw b Root||1||12||–||0||0||8.33|
|Extras||(b 2, lb 2, w 1)||5|
|TOTAL||(53.2 Ov, RR: 2.71)||145|