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UK News Five incredible stats as India need just two days to beat England

21:21  25 february  2021
21:21  25 february  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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In what was an astonishing day of cricket, India completed an emphatic turnaround as they took a 2-1 lead in the four-Test series with a 10-wicket victory over England.

There were twists and turns aplenty, as England dragged themselves back form the jaws of defeat thanks to an almighty session of bowling from captain Joe Root, only for a second innings collapse to hand the hosts the advantage.

Defeat means England cannot now win the series, while it also means their aspirations for the ICC World Test Championships are now over.

It was an historic day for England's Root for a number of reasons, with plenty to remember for the captain, but also plenty to forget.

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With the breath-taking Test now coming to an end - after just two days - Sportsmail takes you through some of the incredible stats that emerged throughout.

England score lowest-ever first innings vs India

Despite being on the end of a one-sided mauling in a crushing second-Test defeat, England came into the third Test against India with high hopes, with the series hanging in the balance at 1-1.

An historic first-Test win for England had provided enough hope for Joe Root's side to feel confident, though the host's preposterous home record and England's poor showings on Indian soil will have certainly been cause for some doubts.

Nevertheless, England won the toss, and with the pitch looking undesirable to say the least, they opted to bat first.

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Though opener Zak Crawley somewhat spared England's blushes with a crucial half-century, Dom Sibley and Jonny Bairstow faced just 16 balls between them while accumulating a grand total of zero runs.

It wasn't just Crawley and Bairstow who struggled, however, as James Anderson also fell for a duck, while four others registered just single figures.

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel proved too hot to handle as he finished on six wickets for 38 runs, while England ended with a feeble total of 112.

This was England's lowest-ever score in a first innings against India, and following scores of 178, 134 and 164, it marked the fourth successive failed attempt to reach 200 runs - a feat England have managed only four times since 1909.

England score lowest-ever innings vs India

a baseball player swinging a bat at a baseball game: India's Rishabh Pant takes the catch as Dom Sibley fell for just seven runs on Thursday © Provided by Daily Mail India's Rishabh Pant takes the catch as Dom Sibley fell for just seven runs on Thursday

After recording their lowest-ever first innings total against India, England went one step further on day two, as they were skittled out for a measly 81 runs - their lowest total against the hosts in history.

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What was perhaps most disappointing was that the collapse came immediately after Joe Root's phenomenal five-wicket haul that offered the visitors a lifeline in the Test... but more on that later.

After bowling out India for 145, England had a deficit of just 35 to negotiate as they headed into their second innings.

But the visitors were immediately put on the back foot, as Crawley and Bairstow lost their wickets in the first three balls of the innings, again accumulating no runs.

After Sibley's short-lived seven, Root and Ben Stokes - England's two remaining hopes - did offer some spirit, but they too ultimately fell short with scores of 19 and 25 respectively.

And with England's top order now decimated, Ollie Pope was the last remaining batsman to hit double figures with 12.


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England finished with a total of 81, making it five-straight innings in which they have failed to post a score of 200.

Meanwhile, their combined innings lasted just 79.2 overs.

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Of course, England's total of 81 is not the lowest they have ever recorded, with that feat coming against Australia all the way back in 1887, when they scored just 45 runs.

However, it is England's fifth-lowest run total in the last 10 years, following scores of 77 against the West Indies in 2019, 72 against Pakistan in 2012, 67 against Australia once again in 2019, and a memorable 58 against New Zealand in 2018.

Shortest Test match since World War II

a group of baseball players standing on top of a field: India celebrate as Jonny Bairstow falls to a duck early in England's crucial second innings © Provided by Daily Mail India celebrate as Jonny Bairstow falls to a duck early in England's crucial second innings

Not only did England claim the unfortunate record of their lowest innings total against India in history, it came in the shortest Test match since World War Two.

The match in its entirety lasted just 140.2 overs, which is the seventh-shortest in history, with the last to finish quicker occurring over 2000 Tests ago.

To find a completed Test with fewer overs, you have to travel all the way back to 1935, when again England were involved.

That time it was against the West Indies at Bridgetown, when England won the Test by four wickets in the second-shortest fixture in history.

Taking the victory in that department was Australia's match-up with South Africa in 1932, where the Aussies won by an innings and 72 runs in just 109.2 overs.

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Root the first captain since 1983 to take 5 wickets

a man wearing a hat: England captain Joe Root sheepishly celebrated as he claimed his first-ever five-wicket haul © Provided by Daily Mail England captain Joe Root sheepishly celebrated as he claimed his first-ever five-wicket haul

The stats thus far have been rather damning for Joe Root and his England team-mates, but there was one shining light for the captain, who claimed his first-ever five-wicket haul.

Not only was it the first time Root had pulled off the achievement, but it was the first time an England captain had claimed a five-for since Bob Willis against New Zealand in 1932.

It's certainly a remarkable achievement, even more so as Root conceded just eight runs for his wickets, as opposed to the 35 Willis was hit for.

In fact, Root conceded the fewest runs in any England Test five-wicket haul since Arthur Gilligan in 1924, who claimed six wickets for only seven runs against South Africa.

Though England would go onto squander their opportunity with a poor batting display, it was a five-wicket haul that dragged a sorry England back into the Test, momentarily anyway.

Having been bowled out for just 112 on day one, India finished the night session in a commanding position on 99-3.

After Jack Leach (4) and Jofra Archer (1) had taken the first five wickets, Root finished off the India lower-order in emphatic style, taking each of the remaining five scalps.

Though England have been utterly outplayed in the last two Tests, Root can certainly hold his head high for his individual performances.

England are defeated in just two days

a group of basketball players on the field: India needed just two days to beat England and take a 2-1 lead in their four-match series © Provided by Daily Mail India needed just two days to beat England and take a 2-1 lead in their four-match series

As mentioned, England's dramatic defeat to India came in one of the shortest Tests of all time.

It's not often you see a Test match scheduled for five days last just two. In fact, it's only the 22nd time it has happened in history.

It is the fist two-day Test match England have been involved in since 2000, when England demolished the West Indies by an innings and 39 runs in Leeds.

Interestingly, it is the 13th time England have played in a Test that has lasted just two days, winning on nine occasions.

So, while Joe Root claimed his first-ever five-wicket haul, becoming the first England captain to do so since 1983, his side also recorded their lowest ever innings against India and became the first English team to lose a Test in two days since 1921.

It's quite a mixed bunch for the England captain!

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