Joe Root-led England Test team has been eliminated from the race to the ICC World Test Championship final following India’s emphatic 10-wicket win over the visitors at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
England created an outside chance for themselves to get into the World Test Championship final following their 2-0 historic clean sweep against Sri Lanka last month. All they needed was to beat India in India, a feat they had previously achieved back in 2012, by a margin of at least 2-1.
After taking a first innings lead, India have taken quick early wickets against England. The visitors have put in a poor start to their second innings, with Axar Patel dismissing Zak Crawley and Jonny Bairstow on Day 2.
Axar Patel and R. Ashwin ran through England’s line-up as records tumbled. Ashwin became second-fastest ever to 400 Test wickets while Patel got the distinction of being the first bowler to snap up 11 wickets in a Day-Night Test. India now need just 38 more to go 2-1 up in the series.
India, on the other hand, have inched one closer to the World Test Championship final where New Zealand awaits their opponent. India need to ensure at least a draw in the final tie, which will be held in Ahmedabad.
If England can manage to draw the series with a win in the fourth Test, Australia will reach the World Tet Championship final.