India Inches Closer to Victory: Ashwin and Kuldeep’s Spin Magic Paves the Way on Day 3

India’s quest for victory in the third Test against England gained momentum on day three in Ranchi, propelled by the exceptional performances of their spinners (R Ashwin, K Yadav)  and the resilience of their wicketkeeper-batsman.

In a thrilling display of spin bowling mastery, R Ashwin’s five-wicket haul and Kuldeep Yadav’s economical 4 for 22 spun India into a favorable position, setting an achievable target for victory in the series.

India Inches Closer to Victory: Ashwin and Kuldeep’s Spin Magic Paves the Way on Day 3

The day witnessed the emergence of two young talents, with Ashwin‘s vast experience shining through as he orchestrated India’s control over the match. His pivotal wickets, including that of England’s first-innings centurion Joe Root, guided India to bowl out England for 145 in their second innings.

Notably, 23-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Dhruv Jurel showcased his mettle with a maiden Test fifty, falling just short of a century but emerging as India’s top-scorer. His innings, coupled with Kuldeep’s resilient partnership, narrowed the first-innings gap to 46 runs, setting the stage for India’s spinners to dominate.

England’s batting faltered under the pressure of India’s spin attack, losing crucial wickets as the pitch began to offer assistance to the spinners. Despite some resistance from Zak Crawley and Jonny Bairstow, England succumbed to India’s spin prowess, leaving India with a target of 152 runs for victory.

As the day progressed, India’s lower order showcased commendable grit, with Jurel leading the charge before being dismissed by an excellent delivery from Tom Hartley. Akash Deep’s brief cameo, featuring a six off the relentless Shoaib Bashir, contributed to India’s total before he fell victim to the spinner’s precision.

With India needing 152 runs for victory, the stage is set for a thrilling conclusion in Ranchi, as the hosts aim to clinch the series against England.

India Inches Closer to Victory: Ashwin and Kuldeep’s Spin Magic Paves the Way on Day 3
R Ashwin’s Tactical Adaptation and Five-Wicket Haul Reshapes India’s Momentum in Ranchi

Facing a surface with minimal bounce, Ashwin revealed his strategic shift, emphasizing the need for a mental switch in his approach. Renowned for his over-the-top delivery style, Ashwin had to recalibrate his tactics, focusing on inducing spin to exploit the conditions effectively.

Acknowledging the unique challenges posed by the Ranchi pitch, Ashwin highlighted the necessity of employing side spin to generate purchase. With the bounce barely reaching shin height, Ashwin’s mastery came to the fore as he meticulously hammered the ball into the pitch, redefining his game plan on the fly.

Despite initial constraints due to a lingering knee issue, Ashwin’s perseverance paid off as he unleashed his trademark carrom ball to outfox England’s Ben Foakes, clinching a crucial wicket. Demonstrating his astute cricketing acumen, Ashwin strategically managed his spells, ensuring minimal leakage of runs while maximizing the pressure on the opposition.


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