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IND vs ENG: Yashasvi Jaiswal, spinners power India to their largest Test triumph

Yashasvi Jaiswal returned to bat on Day 4 and recorded a sensational double century by smashing 214* off 236 balls while Sarfaraz Khan added another fifty to boost India to 430/6 in their second innings in the Rajkot Test.

Sumeet Kavthale Written By: Sumeet Kavthale @sumeetkavthale New Delhi Updated on: February 19, 2024 6:27 IST
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Image Source : PTI Indian team celebrates in the Rajkot Test on February 18, 2024

Indian cricket team created history by recording their largest win by a margin of runs in Test cricket history on Sunday. Rohit Sharma-led Indian side pulled off a huge 434-run win in the third Test against England in Rajkot to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

Yashasvi Jaiswal returned to bat on Day 4 and registered another double century by smashing 214* off just 236 balls while Shubman Gill and Sarfaraz Khan added fifties to help India post 430/6 in their second innings. Then spinner Ravindra Jadeaj and Kuldeep Yadav dominated the last session to bowl out the visitors on just 122 runs to script history in red-ball cricket.

India continued the momentum from 196/2 on Day 4 with Shubman Gill and Kuldeep Yadav adding 50 more runs before the first wicket of the day. Gill missed his century by just nine runs as he suffered an unfortunate run out. Kuldeep also displayed his batting skills by scoring 27 off 91 balls but it was an unbeaten 17-run stand between Jaiswal and Sarfaraz Khan that boosted India to 430 for six in just 98 overs.

Jaiswal remained unbeaten of 214 where he recorded 14 fours and 12 sixes to break some records. Sarfaraz also scripted a record by adding 68* off just 72 balls to make his debut memorable. Joe Root, Tom Hartley and Rehan Ahmed picked one wicket each for England in the second innings. 

England witnessed an embarrassing collapse chasing a mammoth target in Rajkot. Debutrant Dhru Jurel's heroics behind the stumps gave India a breakthrough in the seventh wicket as the youngster displayed quick hands to run out Ben Duckett. Jasprit Bumrah then dismissed Zak Crawley in the ninth over as England lost two wickets before tea.

After tea, spinners dominated the game with Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav taking a combined seven wickets. England lost their first seven wickets on just 50 runs on the scoreboard as India seemed on track for a 500-plus victory. But some late resistance from Tom Hartley and quickfire 33 off 15 by Mark Wood guided England past 100.

Ravichandran Ashwin returned to bowl in the last innings and dismissed Tom Hartley and then Jadeaja put England out of misery to record a five-wicket haul on his home ground. 

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