UK News Five incredible stats as India need just two days to beat England
Moeen Ali decides to leave England squad ahead of third India Test
An 18-ball 43 on day four of the second Test was Moeen Ali's last involvement in England's series against India, Joe Root confirmed.After England succumbed to a 317-run loss to India on day four of the second Test in Chennai, captain Joe Root announced Moeen had chosen to leave the bubble.
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.
India's Pant returns for England T20s
UK-CRICKET-T20-IND-ENG:India's Pant returns for England T20sPant, who was dropped for the limited-overs series in Australia, has been rewarded for his consistent performances with the bat in red-ball cricket.
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.
Shi could fix one of Wolves' biggest problems by signing £20m-rated tackle master - opinion
Wolves could land a defensive upgrade in Club Brugge defender Odilon Kossounou.With this season being somewhat of a write-off, though, they can already start preparing for next term.
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
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.
Ashwin and Axar flatten England as India win third Test inside two days
Ravichandran Ashwin reached 400 Test wickets and Axar Patel took 11 in the match as India moved 2-1 ahead in the series with England.Thursday's action in the day-night contest was eventful to say the least, 17 wickets falling before Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill saw the hosts to their target of 49 runs in the final session under the floodlights.
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.
Video: Mark Wood 'comfortable' with decision to drop out of IPL auction (Daily Mail)
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.
7 Tests with the most premature endings since 2000
A turning wicket caused chaos for batsmen on both sides as England’s first-innings collapse for 112 set the tone. Here, the PA news agency looks back over the most premature endings to matches since 2000, with all bar this Test being decided by an innings.
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
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.
Bumrah pulls out of India-England Test series closer
Jasprit Bumrah has chosen not to play for India in the fourth Test against England, with the BCCI citing unspecified personal reasons.The final match of the series begins in Ahmedabad on Thursday, March 4, with India 2-1 ahead after their 10-wicket win in a third game that was wrapped up inside two days.
Root the first captain since 1983 to take 5 wickets
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
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!
Sundar puts India in charge, made to wait for maiden century .
Sundar puts India in charge, made to wait for maiden centurySundar was batting on 96 when India lost their last three wickets in five deliveries to be all out for 365 for a handy first innings lead of 160 runs.