India beat England by an innings and 25 runs in the fourth and final Test in Ahmedabad to clinch the series 3-1 on Saturday. With this, they finished on top of the league phase of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship standings as well.
“That victory against England means India finish the league phase of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship with a fine view from the top of the table,” the ICC tweeted.
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Spinners Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin dismantled England’s batting line-up which were struggling in front of them where they both took fifers and sealed the deal in the second innings. And, the host finished the league phase with a whopping 520 points, which includes 12 wins, four losses, and one draw as well.
India will now take on New Zealand in the ICC World Test Championship final which is scheduled to be held at the famous Lord’s in June this year. Meanwhile, New Zealand have finished in the second spot with 420 points, which also included seven wins and four loses. As far as Australia is concerned, they have finished at the third place with 332 points ahead of England and Pakistan as well.
However, Team India had the upper hand in the game as their young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant slammed a century against England on Friday. Pant joined the team when they were struggling at 80/4. He steadied the ship and ensured that India take the lead in the first innings.
He took time to settle down in the middle and scored the fifty with patience. But when England took the new ball, he didn’t waste time and reached his second fifty quite quickly. He reached his maiden ton at home with a maximum as well. Even, he played a reverse sweep in the first ball of the 83rd over of India’s first innings off James Anderson and the ball flew over the slips to the boundary which impressed everyone including former players too.
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