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Pink-Ball Test Match; India Knock out England from WTC race

India wins the Pink-Ball Test Match by 10 wickets against England in the ongoing Test series. On the 2nd day of the Pink Ball Test Match, 17 wickets were fell. While on day one of the Pink Ball Test Match, 13 wickets were fell. India chased down 49 runs in the fourth inning set by England and took the lead 2-1 in the series.

Pink-Ball Test Match

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World Test Championship scenario:

England’s chance in the WTC final is vanished by the victory by India in Pink Ball Test Match. India will qualify for World Test Championship’s Final if India wins or draw the fourth test against England. If the series draw, then Australia will qualify for it. New Zealand had already qualified for WTC. The final of WTC will take place at Lord in June.

Summary of Pink-Ball Test Day Two

India resumed their batting from the score of 99 runs for three as Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane came out in the first session of Day 2 of the Pink Ball Test Match. Jack Leach gave his side back-to-back wickets. Jack Leach first removed Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane as the ball skids into Rahane and hits the pad. In the very next over of his spell, Leach got the big wicket of Rohit Sharma who got out while trying to play a sweep shot. Rohit made 66 runs.

England captain Joe Root joined the party as he removed Rishabh Pant on his first ball of the match. Root bowl the ball from around the wicket that turned away from Pant after pitching and got the edge of Pant’s bat. After that, Joe Root gave England two wickets in the same over. First Root removed Washington Sundar with absolute beauty. Joe Root pitched the ball in middle and got a tinge turn that beat the bat and hit the stump. Axar Patel played a shot straight to Sibley who was at the cover, off the loose delivery from Root. Both got out for a duck in this Pink-Ball Test.

Soon, Ashwin got out while trying to play a big shot on Root’s bowl. With the help of a sensational figure from England’s captain Joe Root, India was bowled out for 145. Root picked five wickets for 8 runs. India got 33 runs lead in the first inning. Axar Patel gave India the perfect start as he picked two wickets in the first over of England’s inning. Zak Crawley got out on the first ball as he played the ball on the wrong line and got bowled. Axar then removed Bairstow as he left an enormous gap between his bat and pad on the outside off pitched delivery and hit the stump. Both got out for a duck.

Axar Patel got his third wicket as Sibley got out for 7. Sibley goes for a slog sweep on tossed-up delivery just outside off the stump and found an under-edge that was gathered by Pant. After that, a partnership was developed by England’s senior men Joe Root and Ben Stokes. However, after a few over later, Ashwin once again took the wicket of Stokes. Ashwin pitched the ball on off stump and brought the ball into the pads. But, Stokes played for the turn and got plumed LBW out.

Axar Patel then removed Joe Root who was survived many times in this inning, on 19. England’s team lost wickets at regular intervals and finally bowled out for 81 runs. Englan bowled out in a single session. Both Axar and Ashwin repeated their first inning’s performance in this Pink-Ball Test. Axar Patel who finished his figures 5/32, got his third fifer in his 2nd Test. While Ashwin took four wickets. India got the target of 49 runs. India reached the target without losing any wicket. (source)

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