India beat England in 4th Test – Axar, Ashwin fifers help India win by innings & 25 runs, India enter WTC Final- R Ashwin and Axar Patel have wreaked havoc against England in their second innings as the visitors have lost the match by an innings and 25 runs and the series 3-1. Both Ashwin and Axar took fifers as India completed their consecutive series win over England in India. They had previously defeated England 4-0 in 2016/17.
With the win, India has entered the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand slated to be played in June.
The turn of the event started in the post-lunch session as skipper Virat Kohli brought spinner – Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel — from both ends.
Dan Lawrence was the top scorer for England with 50 runs, while skipper Joe Root contributed 30 runs.
|Zak Crawley||c AM Rahane b Ravichandran Ashwin||5||16||0||0||31.25|
|Dom Sibley||c RR Pant b Axar Patel||3||21||0||0||14.29|
|Jonny Bairstow||c RG Sharma b Ravichandran Ashwin||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Joe Root (C)||lbw b Ravichandran Ashwin||30||72||3||0||41.67|
|Ben Stokes||c Virat Kohli b Axar Patel||2||9||0||0||22.22|
|Ollie Pope||st RR Pant b Axar Patel||15||31||0||1||48.39|
|Dan Lawrence||b Ravichandran Ashwin||50||95||6||0||52.63|
|Ben Foakes (WK)||c AM Rahane b Axar Patel||13||46||0||0||28.26|
|Dom Bess||c RR Pant b Axar Patel||2||6||0||0||33.33|
|Jack Leach||c AM Rahane b Ravichandran Ashwin||2||31||0||0||6.45|
|James Anderson||Not out||1||1||0||0||100.00|
|Extra||12 (b 4, w 0, nb 0, lb 8)|
|Yet To Bat|
Earlier, England bowled out India for 365 runs in their first innings. They picked three quick wickets after Washington Sundar and Axar Patel’s exploits with the bat.
Washington Sundar’s 96-run knock helped India extend their dominance over England on the third day of the ongoing fourth Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Saturday. He missed out on what would have been a well-deserved maiden hundred while he saw his batting partners fall at the other end as India was bowled out.
Axar Patel contributed 43 runs and shared a century partnership with Sundar.
The first hour saw India scoring 50 runs as both Sundar and Axar looked to make the most of the bad balls from the visiting bowlers.
Earlier on Day 2, Rishabh Pant smashed 101 runs as India edged past England’s score of 205.
India requires a win or a draw in the match to ensure a series victory and also place in the WTC Finals.