The 3rd India-England Test will be the first international match at the Motera since its renovation.© Twitter
India and England head into the third Test at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad with the series finely poised at 1-1 and a spot in the World Test Championship final at stake. It will be the first international match since the stadium’s renovation – post which it has become the largest cricket stadium in the world. It will also be a day-night Test, only the second one to be held in India after the pink-ball Test against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens in 2019. The Motera will also host the fourth and final Test between the two teams.
India vs England Head-To-Head Match Stats (At Motera stadium, Ahmedabad)
Matches played: 2
India won: 1
The first Test between the two sides in Ahmedabad was played in 2001. A century from Craig White and a knock of 99 from opener Marcus Trescothick helped England to a first-innings total of 407 as Anil Kumble took seven wickets. Sachin Tendulkar then scored a century as India were bowled out for 291. England were bowled out for 257 in their second innings and India finished at 198/3 as both sides shared the honours.
The two sides met at the Motera again in 2012, when Cheteshwar Pujara’s brilliant double-century and a ton from Virender Sehwag helped India to a 9-wicket win. India declared after making 521/8, before bowling the visitors out for 191, with Pragyan Ojha claiming a five-wicket haul.
Alastair Cook showed great resilience to score 176 as England scored 406 in their second innings after India enforced the follow-on, but the hosts made short work of the 77-run chase.
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