Ind vs Eng 4th Test: Washington Sundar on Saturday missed out on what would have been a well-deserved maiden hundred, remaining unbeaten on 96 while he saw his batting partners fall at the other end as India was bowled out for 365 in their first innings on Day Three of the fourth Test. Just when the 100-run plus partnership looked to take India’s lead beyond England’s reach, Axar (43) was run out against the run of play. In the very next over, Ishant Sharma (0) was out leg before off the bowling of Ben Stokes and India’s score was reduced to 365/9 with Sundar still four runs away from his century.
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While Sundar would have hoped for Siraj to hold one end up, Stokes cleaned him up in the same over as the all-rounder was left stranded – four short of a much-deserved maiden Test century.
By remaining unbeaten in 96, Sundar joined R Ashwin on the list of players who missed out on a century as the team got bowled out.
Indian batsmen unbeaten in the 90s with no partners left
G Viswanath 97* v WI Chennai 1974/75
D Vengsarkar 98* v SL Colombo 1985
R Ashwin 91* v Eng Kolkata 2012/13
W Sundar 96* v Eng Ahmedabad 2020/21 *
Sundar shared century partnerships with Pant and Axar for 7th and 8th wicket respectively.
With the efforts of Sundar and Rishabh Pant (101), India has managed to take a lead of 160 runs and England would now be looking to provide rear-guard action in order to delay the inevitable.
Resuming Day Three at 294/7, overnight batters Sundar and Axar Patel saw off the first hour with ease and the duo scored runs at a brisk pace, piling on further misery on the tired England bowlers. The first hour saw India scoring 50 runs.
Both the batters extended their partnership to 106 runs, but with seven runs from his maiden half-century, Axar (43) was dismissed via a run-out in the 114th over of the innings.