India knocked England out of contention from the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final in June with their 10-wicket win in the day-night third Test in Ahmedabad, which propelled the hosts to the top of the standings. India now have to either win or draw the final game here starting 4th March to claim the right to take on New Zealand at the Lord’s. The Black Caps have already qualified and are placed second in the latest list. England are out of the race for a place in the final of the ICC World Test Championship after losing the third Test in Ahmedabad.
The match got over within a span of 2 days. Only 140.2 overs were bowled over 4 innings as the Pink-ball Test in Ahmedabad ended in little over 5 sessions. In terms of balls bowled, this was the shortest match after 1935. What went wrong? Was it the pitch conditions or poor batting?
The ball was turning a lot and had uneven bounce which led to a complete dominance of the spinners from both teams. Ashwin picked up his 400th test wicket and on the other hand Axar Patel, who was denied a hat-trick managed to attain figures of 11 for 80, including his third five-for in a row. Even Joe Root managed to get his career best figures of 5 for 8. Jack Leach managed to get 4 in the first innings.
The English batsman in their second innings collapsed and set a target of just 49 runs. England’s scorecard looked incapacitated as their highest run getters were Ben Stokes with 25 runs and Ollie Pope who scored 12 runs.
England, who are now 2-1 down in the four-match series, needed to win the four-match series 3-1 to play the June 18-22 final. New Zealand are assured of a place in the final with 70 percentage points.
If India lose the final Test then Australia, who are in third place with 69.2 percentage points, will sneak in to make the final. Before the incredible win here inside two days, India were second on the table.