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RESULT
3rd Test, Rajkot, February 15 - 18, 2024, England tour of India
445 & 430/4d
(T:557) 319 & 122

India won by 434 runs

Player Of The Match
112, 2/51 & 5/41
ravindra-jadeja
Match centre 
Scores: K Vairavan | Comms: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
India 445/10(130.5 overs)
1st INNINGS
131 (196)
4/114 (27.5)
112 (225)
2/85 (22)
England 319/10(71.1 overs)
1st INNINGS
153 (151)
4/84 (21.1)
41 (89)
2/77 (18)
India 430/4(98 overs)
2nd INNINGS
214* (236)
1/78 (23)
91 (151)
1/111 (27)
England 122/10(39.4 overs)
2nd INNINGS
33 (15)
5/41 (12.4)
16 (36)
2/19 (8)

5.25pm: That's a wrap from Gujarat. India have reasserted their muscle, coming from behind to lead the series. Can Ben and the Bazballers display their bouncebackability? We'll find out soon enough as the teams head to Ranchi. For now, Sid Monga's report should see you right, and stick around for more from our guys on the ground. From myself and Sreshth, Miller and Ekanth, Matt R and the scorers, it's time to say thanks and goodnight. Cheerio!

5.15pm: Right then, here we go with the presentations in Rajkot. England captain Ben Stokes is first up: "Ben Duckett played an unbelievable innings, that was the tone we wanted to set with the bat. [First-innings approach] It was about identifying opportunities to score and push up to their total. With how the wicket was going we wanted to push it on as much as we could but sometimes that doesn't work out. Opinions in the dressing room are the ones that matter to us. We're 2-1 down in the series but still have two games left. We leave this game behind, know we've got to win the next two to win the series."

India's captain Rohit Sharma: "[End of day two, message to the team?] When you play Test cricket, you don't play it in two or three days. You have to stay in the game for five days. They played good shots and put us under pressure but we've got class in our squad when it comes to bowling. So obviously the message was to stay calm. Important that time to stay calm, otherwise you drift. We stuck to our plans on day three, and when those things happen, its a delight. [Jadeja at No. 5] For this game, we thought he has so much experience in this format, and scored lot of runs of late. We also wanted left-right batting as well. Sarfaraz being Sarfaraz, we know his quality, we wanted him to have some time before he comes out to bat. We saw what he can do with the bat. By no means is it some longtime plan with the batting order, we go with what's right for us for that Test match. Including calculating what the opponents' bowling attack is. [Turning point of this game?] Lots of turning points. Once we won the toss, that was a good toss to win. We know runs on board is important in India. The lead was also crucial for us. The way we came out to bowl after the English batters' onslaught, important to stay calm... the bowlers showed a lot of character. Not to forget we didn't have our most experienced bowler too. Was proud to watch the bowlers. Then in our second innings, we knew half the job was done. We wanted to extend the lead, and the two youngsters helped extend. And then finally Jadeja. [Jaiswal] I've spoken a lot about him. I'm sure people outside the changing room have also been talking about him. I want to be calm about him, not talk a lot about him. He's started his career on a high."

Ravindra Jadeja is Player of the Match for his century and seven wickets: "We were in a difficult situation, looked to back my strengths, play my shots. Not be too conscious, just watch the ball and play the ball. Batting first, the ball comes on nicely. Once we won the toss, this is what we wanted - bat first, bowl second. You won't get easy wickets [on this surface] you have to work hard. Need to bowl in good areas, can't just bowl and get wickets."

4.50pm: Eight wickets in the evening session confirms the inevitable, India go 2-1 up with two to play. The margin is India's biggest by runs in Tests, with England's talk of chasing whatever they're set for once shown to be hollow. The home side were pretty dominant throughout, certainly once they had recovered from 33 for 3 on the first morning; England missed their chances with the ball and then frittered away an imposing start with the bat. Some thinking to do, perhaps, ahead of the fourth Test, starting in Ranchi on Friday (not that England really do introspection under the current regime)

TV have grabbed Yashasvi Jaiswal, who made his second Test double-hundred earlier today, for a quick chat: "I'm just trying... whenever I'm set, to make it big. Because in Test cricket you never know, when you're playing well you have to make it big. [Different phases of this double century] It was pretty difficult for me because initially I wasn't getting runs. So had to play the session, and get set. That's when I felt I could score runs. After a while my back was not good. I didn't want to go out [of the field] but since it was too much, I went out. Today when I came, I wanted to make sure that I take the game forward and bat till the end. [Starting out slow] I felt there was something in the wicket and the ball was hard. For me, it is important for me to give teams a good start so it was important for me to play long. [On low days] I tell myself whenever I get set, I need to score well because you can get out anytime. My seniors have said to make it count. The way Rohit bhai and Jaddu bhai played, that motivated me a lot. Their passion determined me to play session by session. I thought inside the dugout that when I go out there I should also make it count. Test cricket is hard, but I thought that when I'm in there, I need to give my 100%."

39.4
W
Jadeja to Wood, OUT

picks out long-off, that's it! Finally one of Wood's miscues goes to hand. Well held by Jaiswal running in, completes a thumping 434-run win for India - and Jadeja finishes with a five-for to go with his first-innings century!

Mark Wood c Jaiswal b Jadeja 33 (15b 6x4 1x6 16m) SR: 220
39.3
Jadeja to Wood, no run

fizzed down at 94kph, Wood is across looking to slog-sweep but takes it on the body

39.2
2
Jadeja to Wood, 2 runs

charges down and hoicks the ball up and over point, it plugs in the outfield for a couple

39.1
Jadeja to Wood, no run

steps away and stabs to point

end of over 396 runs
ENG: 120/9CRR: 3.07 
James Anderson1 (9b)
Mark Wood31 (11b 6x4 1x6)
Ravichandran Ashwin 6-3-19-1
Ravindra Jadeja 12-4-39-4

"England immediately remembered to use bazball on their 38th over!" chuckles Shijo Varghedr. "But it's a bit late!"

38.6
Ashwin to Anderson, no run

sprayed down the leg side

38.5
Ashwin to Anderson, no run

pushed through, nearly traps Anderson in front! Ashwin thought it might have been pad first. India don't have any reviews

38.4
1
Ashwin to Wood, 1 run

skips down and hacks through the leg side, almost bisects deep midwicket and long-on but they combine well to keep them to a single

38.3
4
Ashwin to Wood, FOUR runs

carved up and over! Wood continues to go on his merry way with a slap past mid-off

38.2
1
Ashwin to Anderson, 1 run

nudged into the gap at midwicket for his first run

Graham: "Mark Wood scoring England's fastest ever test 50 and then losing by 400 runs would be classic bazball"

38.1
Ashwin to Anderson, no run

tossed up outside off, goes for the reverse-sweep and misses

Ashwin to Jimmy

end of over 3823 runs
ENG: 114/9CRR: 3.00 
Mark Wood26 (9b 5x4 1x6)
James Anderson0 (5b)
Ravindra Jadeja 12-4-39-4
Ravichandran Ashwin 5-3-13-1
37.6
Jadeja to Wood, no run

spins on the line of the stumps, misses with a slog - given! Wood reviews as India celebrate. Looked pretty adjacent as the ball skidded into his back hip so this is likely delaying the inevitable. Oh, hold on... it pitched outside leg! So they are all going to have to retake their positions!

37.5
4
Jadeja to Wood, FOUR runs

tossed up and blapped! Wood is in Happy Gilmore mode and blasts through cover again

37.4
6
Jadeja to Wood, SIX runs

lumped into the sightscreen! Steps to leg and swings this clean back over the bowler's head for another boundary

37.3
4lb
Jadeja to Wood, 4 leg byes

attempts to paddle sweep, comes off the pad... Jadeja is convinced this should be out, but India have no reviews left! Signalled four leg byes by umpire Wilson

37.2
4
Jadeja to Wood, FOUR runs

makes room, brings up the England 100! An agricultural mow across the line, comes off the toe of the bat but finds the gap at cover

37.1
4
Jadeja to Wood, FOUR runs

slapped through backward point! Throws the bat and connects with a fat edge that bounces away

Ah, another front-foot no-ball

37.1
1nb
Jadeja to Wood, (no ball)

tossed up, spins away into the gloves as Wood swings for the hills and misses

Jadeja to Wood. India closing in on record win

end of over 37Wicket maiden
ENG: 91/9CRR: 2.45 
James Anderson0 (5b)
Mark Wood8 (2b 2x4)
Ravichandran Ashwin 5-3-13-1
Ravindra Jadeja 11-4-20-4
36.6
Ashwin to Anderson, no run

gives it some air and Anderson wipes across the line again. Jurel appeals for caught behind but I don't think he got near it in the end. Nothing doing

36.5
Ashwin to Anderson, no run

pushed through and defended down in front of the close catchers

36.4
Ashwin to Anderson, no run

flighted, 82kph and this bounces more, Anderson does well to keep it down

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
YBK Jaiswal
214 runs (236)
14 fours12 sixes
Productive shot
flick
33 runs
1 four1 six
Control
88%
BM Duckett
153 runs (151)
23 fours2 sixes
Productive shot
sweep shot
22 runs
5 fours0 six
Control
81%
Best performances - bowlers
RA Jadeja
O
12.4
M
4
R
41
W
5
ECO
3.23
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
3W
LEGOFF
LHB
Mohammed Siraj
O
21.1
M
2
R
84
W
4
ECO
3.96
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
TossIndia, elected to bat first
Series
Season2023/24
Player Of The Match
Series resultIndia led the 5-match series 2-1
Match numberTest no. 2530
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30
Match days15,16,17,18 February 2024 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Umpires
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsIndia 12, England 0
Language
English
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