"It was a bizarre match, I have never been part of a Test match like this with things happening so fast. To be honest, I don't think the quality of batting was up to standards. We were 100 for 3 and got bowled out for less than 150. It was a good wicket to bat in the first innings, just the odd ball turning."
-Virat Kohli, India skipper
30 wickets (21 out of the 30 wickets were off straight deliveries) fell in less than two days as India won the third Test with three days to spare. The hosts went 2-1 up in the 4-match series, shutting the door on England's hopes of qualifying for the World Test Championship Final at Lord's.
England, after opting to bat first struggled against India's skillful spinners on a tough and turning track at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, folded for 112 in the first innings. The visitors never recovered mentally after that. It's fair to say that their batsmen lacked in application even as their spinners Jack Leach and Joe Root kept them in the game, bowling India out for 145.
There was no change in script in England's 2nd innings with the bat, as Root's men only managed 81 runs, leaving India with a 49-run target. India won by 10 wickets.
"We were 70 for 2. But we didn't really capitalize on it. 250 on that wicket would have made it different. We will come back using this hurt and come back as a better team. The plastic coating on the ball gathered pace of the wicket. It was high quality bowling as well. It wasn't just us, both sides struggled on that wicket. We don't define ourselves on a performance like this. We shouldn't have any baggage from the previous games going into the last game. We have seen with the ball in hand, we can pick up wickets. I think it sums up the wicket, if I am getting a fifer. "
-Joe Root, England skipper
Source: SIFY with Agency Inputs