India vs England Third Test Highlights: Check ball-by-ball updates, full scorecard here
IND vs ENG Day-Night Test Highlights: Check ball-by-ball updates, full scorecard of the third Test match between India and England at the newly-inaugurated Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad's Motera
February 26, 2021 / 07:02 AM IST
A general view of the playing field at the Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad (Image: Twitter/@RishabhPant17)
England took on India at the newly-inaugurated Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad starting February 24. The day-night ‘pink ball’ Test was the third of the four-match Anthony de Mello series.
England won the opening match in Chennai before India levelled the series 1-1 with a 317-run win at the same venue. Virat Kohli & Co. needs to ensure that the visitors don’t win another Test in this series for India to qualify for the ICC World Test Championship Final to be played (against New Zealand) at Lord’s later this year.
With this match, international cricket returned to the ground in Motera which was under redevelopment. With a seating capacity of 1.1 lakh, the revamped stadium owned and operated by the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) is the world’s largest for cricket. However, only half of those seats will be used due to COVID-19 safety protocols. The venue, previously referred to as the Motera Stadium, is also known for producing some iconic moments of the sport.
It is likely to remain sunny on all five days of the Test. The temperature could peak at about 33 degrees Celsius in the afternoon, before dropping by around 10 degrees after sunset.
England opted to bat first upon winning the toss. Despite wickets falling at the other end, opener Zak Crawley managed to score a fifty. However, the visitors were bowled out for 115 with Axar Patel picking up six wickets. India ended the first day at 99/3 with an unbeaten 53 by Rohit Sharma.
On Day 2, Joe Root and Jack Leach fought through the Indian batting order to bowl out the hosts for 145. But Indian spinners Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin -- who picked his 400th Test wicket -- managed to restrict England to just 81. Sharma and Shubhman Gill came out all guns blazing to score the required 49 runs in just 7 overs to clinch the match.
With that, India took a 2-1 lead in the series with one match to go.
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