Team India will look to take the lead for the first-time in the five-Test series against England in the third Test, starting from February 15 at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium. Team India defeated England by 106 runs in the Vizag Test to level the series 1-1. Premier India bowler Jasprit Bumrah was adjudged man-of-the-match for his returns of 9/81.
Opting to bat, young India sensation Yashasvi Jaiswal (209) notched up his first double-century to guide the hosts to 396. England veteran James Anderson and young spinners Rehan Ahmed and Shoaib Bashir picked up three wickets each in the first innings to disallow other Indian batters to score big.
In response, Zak Crawley played a resilient knock of 73 runs as Bumrah ran through the England batting line-up, returning figures of 6/45, to bundle them out for 253 runs. Later, under pressure, India batter Shubman Gill scored a brilliant 104 while all-rounder Axar Patel contributed 45 runs with the bat to put up a total of 255. Tom Hartley was the pick of the bowlers for England as he scalped four wickets.
In the daunting chase of 398 runs, England could manage only 292 with Crawley once again displaying his grit to score 73 runs while Ben Foakes and Tom Hartley scored 36 each. Bumrah and Ashwin picked up three wickets each. The match saw some phenomenal performances and milestones.
India vs England: Test Records And Stats at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium
The pitch in Rajkot has traditionally been batting friendly where Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja have scored triple centuries. It could turn out to be high scoring pitch where England have indicated to use two seamers. The Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium which set to be known as Nirajan Shah stadium has hosted two Tests so far. Let us have a look at some of the key stats and records from the stadium.
- Total matches: 2
- Matches won batting first: 1
- Avg 1st inns score: 593
- Avg 2nd inns score: 334
- Avg 3rd inns score: 228
- Avg 4th inns score: 172
- Highest total recorded: 649/9 (149.5 Ov) by IND vs WI
- Lowest total recorded: 181/10 (48 Ov) by WI vs IND