After stumbling at an initial stage, India is reviving at a slow and steady pace of not losing the command over the fourth and final test against England. Displaying stable batting, the host had built momentum to keep control over the game against the visitors. England is currently on the Indian tour where the visitors have camped for four Tests, five T20s, and three ODIs.
Both the teams have begun the battle from the Test series and while India leads the series with 2-1 in three matches, the fourth and final Test match had begun on Thursday at Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad, which is the world's largest cricket stadium on the scale of occupancy. The visitors had won the toss and elected to bat first but failed to put a big score on board after falling to the Indian spinners.
For the first innings, England was bowled out for 205 runs and the visitors had lost all the wickets on the first day of the final test match of the current tour which also has become a must-win match for the visitors to level the series. On the Indian side, Axar Patel had taken four wickets while Ashwin has grabbed three wickets. Mohammed Siraj has taken two wickets and Sundar got one wicket.
Indian spinners Axar Patel and Ashwin have been resplendent throughout the series. In the third match that was held in the same venue, Axar has got eleven wickets while Ashwin has reached a remarkable feat and become the second-fastest Test bowler in the Test cricket history to get 400 wickets after legendary spinner Muthiah Muralidharan. India began its innings and witnessed a shocking opening as Shubman Gill got dismissed for a duck.
The pressure had gone to the incoming batsmen to take the lead to control the match. While Rohit Sharma stood steady, Cheteshwar Pujara got dismissed for 17 runs following which Kohli came to the center. However, the Indian skipper disappointed the fans as he got dismissed for a duck, and the responsibility of reviving the team had gone to the middle order batsmen. India had lost the top five batsmen by putting 120 runs on the board.
Rishabh Pant came to the crease to bring the team back and he had built momentum to put the team on the lead. Pant had delivered a splendid single-man show and he smashed the visitors to put a high lead. In what has become a remarkable feat, Pant had scored an unbeatable century and he got dismissed for 101 runs off 118 balls including 13 fours and two sixes.
Following Pant, Washington Sundar carried the baton of keeping the lead and at the end of day two, India has scored 294 runs by losing seven wickets and the host is leading by 89 runs. Sundar and Axar Patel are on the crease with 60 and 11 runs respectively. With the remarkable century, Rishabh Pant had achieved a milestone as a wicket-keeper. It was his first century in India and third Test century. He had scored centuries in Australia and England.
With this century, Pant has become the second wicket-keeper in cricket history to score a century in India, England, and Australia, the record that wasn't kept by any Indian wicket-keepers. Veteran Aussie wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist was the first to achieve this feat and young Pant has added another feather to his cap of a remarkable career through this milestone. India, which leads the series 2-1, must draw the series to reserve the place in the final of the inaugural World Test Championship against New Zealand in June.