IND vs ENG Live: Ishant Sharma has registered the wicket of Dom Sibley on Day 1 of the 3rd Test.© Instagram
Having lost a wicket, England will be aiming to improve on their slow start against India on Day 1 of the ongoing third Test match, at the Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat. Ishant Sharma, who is also in his 100th Test match, has registered the wicket of Dom Sibley. The series is finely poised at 1-1, and this will also be the first international match in this venue since its renovation. This is also the second Day-Night Test held in India. England won the first Test match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, by 227 runs. The hosts bounced back in style in the second Test match, winning by 317 runs. Defeat for India would see them out of contention for the World Test Championship final. For the hosts, Jasprit Bumrah, Washington Sundar have replaced Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav. Meanwhile for the visitors, Rory Burns, Dan Lawrence, Olly Stone, Moeen Ali make way for James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow and Zak Crawley. (LIVE SCORECARD)
3rd Test, Day 1 LIVE UPDATES Between India (IND) vs England (ENG), Straight From Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad
Its a little too full by Bumrah, and Crawley goes on his front foot. He finds the gap between cover and point for a four!
Two runs, ENG: 18/1
Ishant delivers a short ball on middle stump. Crawley its it through square leg. Two runs.
After five overs, England are 18 for one.
Ishant angles this delivery into the pads. Crawley adjusts and glances it through midwicket for a four!
Ishant overpitches his delivery. Crawley drives it down the ground for a four!
A good length delivery by Bumrah, and Bairstow guides it to mid-on for a single.
Bumrah delivers it on line to the middle stump. Crawley uses the full face of his bat to push it right of mid-on for a four!
Another no ball for Ishant here. A wicket between two no balls indeed!
Bairstow leaves this good length delivery, outside off stump. Its a no ball anyways.
OUT!!! Dom Sibley c Rohit Sharma b Ishant Sharma 0 (7)
ISHANT ON FIRE IN HIS 100TH TEST MATCH!
An excellent delivery, outside off. Sibley is forced to put his bat outside off. He edges it to the Rohit at second slip for a simple catch.
In walks, Jonny Bairstow.
A fuller delivery by Bumrah, towards the stumps. Sibley defends it into the offside. No run.
Bumrah sends a good length delivery, outside off. Sibley leaves it. Bumrah is getting a lot of movement here!
A fuller delivery by Ishant, around off stump. Crawley hits it into the offside. No run.
A short delivery by Ishant, outside off. Crawley leaves it, and Pant is taken aback by the sudden bounce.
The action begins!
Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley to open the innings for England. Ishant Sharma to bowl the first over for India.
Ishant Sharma receives a special cap and a memento
Ishant Sharma has received a special cap and a memento by India’s President for his milestone. The respective skippers introduce their teams to the dignitaries, followed by their national anthems.
Sachin Tendulkar congratulates Ishant Sharma
Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to congratulate former teammate Ishant Sharma on reaching his 100th Test match. Tendulkar wrote, “Playing 100 Tests is a great landmark for any cricketer, especially a fast bowler. Have seen you play from your U-19 days & played alongside you in your 1st Test. Proud of you & your service to #TeamIndia. Continue to serve in the best possible manner. Congrats @ImIshant!”
Playing 100 Tests is a great landmark for any cricketer, especially a fast bowler. Have seen you play from your U-19 days & played alongside you in your 1st Test. Proud of you & your service to #TeamIndia.
Continue to serve in the best possible manner. Congrats @ImIshant! pic.twitter.com/onBVpgoRLr
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 24, 2021
Here are the playing XIs
India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah
England: Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Would have batted first as well: Virat Kohli
After losing the toss, India captain Virat Kohli revealed that even he would have elected to bat. Speaking about the lights, he said that India will need to adapt quickly. For team changes, he stated that Jasprit Bumrah, Washington Sundar come in for Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav.
Hope to get a big score: Joe Root
After winning the toss, England skipper Joe Root stated that he hopes the wicket will dry up with time. He also revealed that Rory Burns, Dan Lawrence, Olly Stone, Moeen Ali make way for James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow and Zak Crawley.
England win toss, elect to bat
England captain Joe Root has won the toss, and opted to bat.
The pitch looks drier, and the cracks can be seen. The soil is red, which has been bought from Mumbai. The red soil will give an extra bounce.
WATCH: Ishant Sharma gears up ahead of his 100th Test
Indian pacer Ishant Sharma is set to play in his 100th Test match, when both sides begin play today. The pacer has reached plenty of milestones, and this will be another! Here is a video of him gearing up ahead of the match:
Who else is excited to watch @ImIshant play his th Test #TeamIndia #INDvENG @Paytm pic.twitter.com/kgj5PLeBQs
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 24, 2021
India vs England: RECAP
After losing the first Test match by 227 runs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, India bounced back in style to defeat England by 317 runs in the second Test. The four-match series is finely poised at 1-1, and both sides will be hoping to take a lead.
Will miss being at the stadium today: Sourav Ganguly
Ahead of the third Test match, BCCI chief and former India captain Sourav Ganguly took to Twitter to state, “Will miss being at the stadium today ..what an effort it must have been to create this ..pink test was our dream and it’s going be the 2nd one in india.hope to see full stands like last time. Under the leadership of Honble Prime minister @narendramodi Amit Shah @AmitShah”.
Will miss being at the stadium today ..what an effort it must have been to create this ..pink test was our dream and it’s going be the 2nd one in india.hope to see full stands like last time. Under the leadership of Honble Prime minister @narendramodi Amit Shah @AmitShah .. pic.twitter.com/za7vdYHTN0
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) February 24, 2021
Hailed by fans and cricketers!
The Narendra Modi Stadium, earlier named as Motera Stadium, has been hailed by fans and cricketers ahead of this fixture. With a seating capacity of 1,10,000, the stadium is the world’s largest cricket ground.
A spectacular stadium!
Match Centre: https://t.co/n05iDWgDlf pic.twitter.com/R2UZ20oEQE
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 24, 2021
Head-to-head in Ahmedabad between India and England
The first Test between both sides in Ahmedabad in 2001, where Sachin Tendulkar scored a century and Anil Kumble took seven wickets. Both sides shared honours.
Both sides again met in this venue in 2012, when Cheteshwar Pujara scored a double century and Virender Sehwag slammed a ton to help India to a nine-wicket victory.
President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurates Narendra Modi Stadium!
President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Gujarat: President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurates Narendra Modi Stadium, the world’s largest cricket stadium, at Motera in Ahmedabad
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, and BCCI Secretary Jay Shah also present pic.twitter.com/PtHWjrIeeH
— ANI (@ANI) February 24, 2021
Sports Minister addressing the event in Ahmedabad!
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju is addressing the inauguration event of the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad.
Ishant’s special century!
Ishant Sharma is set to play his 100th Test for India, an achievement hailed by captain Virat Kohli as a special one
Hello and welcome!
The third Test between India and England will begin soon at the Motera stadium! With the series tied at 1-1, this is set to be another thrilling game, with not just the series, but a place in the World Test Championship also on the line!