Virat Kohli’s men came up with the idea of beating England in the final Test to win the series 3-1. India secured their place in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand.
Playing his fearless cricket brand, Pant scored a great 101 off 118 balls with 13 boundaries and two sixes. The 21-year-old Washington also finished the pants by adding Mented 9 for 174. On the third day again ‘The Axar-Ashwin Show’, the duo shook up England’s top-order.
India got off to a fantastic start in the second three-day session as Ashwin took two wickets in two days (Jacques Crowley and Johnny Bairstow) to put the crowd in the backfoot. Minutes after England were 10/2 behind, Axel Dome also knocked out Sibyl and Ben Stokes. With the exception of captain Joe Root (30) and Dan Lawrence (50), the rest of the England batsmen could not prevent Motorola’s wicket. Akshar and Ashwin both took five wickets in the second innings.
The day before, Washington and Axel had started the day as night batsmen and were running fast. In the first hour, they both appeared to be sewing for 50 runs. Both left-handers were fed up with the English attack due to the lack of proper distribution. Washington and Axer (43 off 9 balls) put on 106 for the eighth wicket.
Although India bowled out for 969 after fleeing from the partners, India were bowled out for 3365 in their first innings after taking an 1,160-run lead in the innings. With just five balls to go, India started a crucial stand with Washington access before losing their last three wickets. Stokes took four wickets in his kit and Stokes cleared the Indian tail before Axer was run out.
The day before, Pant had scored a great century to put India in the driver’s seat. Pants changed his innings pace and his reverse sweep on James Anderson was proof of his fearless mentality. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahani lost quickly as India were bowled out for 80 for four. He made a 41-run stand with Rohit Sharma for the fifth wicket and then a 113-run stand with Sundar.