India vs England, 3rd Test: A statistical review

India vs England
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The third Test of the four-match series between hosts India and visitors England, couldn’t have been more bizarre. Virat Kohli’s India wrapped up the match within six sessions, registering a rampaging win by 10 wickets. India have now taken an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series with their win in Ahmedabad on Thursday. 

India have now climbed up to the top spot in the ICC World Test Championship rankings, and is likely to lock their horns against New Zealand in the inaugural WTC Final. 

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The Motera Test finished within the second day of the fixture and has roped in quite a few eyeballs from the cricketing fraternity. While the pitch didn’t savour the essence of the 5-day game, here are some stats for you to savour.

India vs England: Stats

  1. Shortest Test match since World War II – The Motera Test is now the seventh shortest completed Test match and the shortest since 1935. The pink-ball Test was completed in 842 balls. There are 0 completed Tests since World War II to last fewer balls than the Ahmedabad Test.
  2. Ravichandran Ashwin joined the 400 wickets club, becoming the second fastest to reach the milestone. He took 77 matches to bag 400 Test wickets for India.
  3. Ishant Sharma played his 100th Test for India. He became only the second fast bowler after Kapil Dev to play 100 Test matches. 
  4. England’s 81 in the second innings is the second lowest total by any team against India. South Africa’s 79 in the first innings in 2015 Nagpur Test is still the lowest.
  5. England’s total of 193 runs: First instance of a team being bundled out twice in a Test match in India with an aggregate of less than 200 runs. 
  6. Not a single ball by pacers in the second innings: Only the second instance in a Test that yielded a result where only spinners bowled in the 3rd and 4th innings.
  7. Joe Root became the first captain since 1983 to take 5 wickets. Only Australia’s Bert Ironmonger, a left-arm spinner, took 5 for 6 against South Africa way back in 1932.
  8. Axar Patel’s 11/70: The cheapest ten-wicket Test match haul for India. Axar also now holds the best match figures in a Day-Night Test going past Pat Cummins.
  9. After Harbhajan Singh in 2001, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan in 1984 and Javagal Srinath in 1999, Axar became the 4th bowler to take five-wicket hauls in three or more consecutive Test innings.
  10.  Only one instance of a team winning by 10 wickets where they have scored less than 145 in first innings. England vs Australia in Birmingham in 1909 – England all out for only 121 in the first-innings.

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