India v England: Rishabh Pant ton defies Ben Stokes-led fightback

Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant made his third Test century – he has reached two of them with a six
Fourth Test, Ahmedabad (day two):
England 205: Stokes 55; Axar 4-68
India 294-7: Pant 101; Anderson 3-40
India are 89 ahead

Rishabh Pant’s dazzling century ensured India repelled a Ben Stokes-led England fightback on a compelling second day of the final Test in Ahmedabad.

In extreme heat, Stokes’ huge effort brought the wickets of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to help reduce India to 146-6 in reply to England’s 205.

But Pant counter-attacked in thrilling style, climbing into a tiring England attack for 101 from 118 balls, with 13 fours and two sixes.

Pant shared a seventh-wicket stand of 113 with Washington Sundar, who remained unbeaten on 60 as India reached 294-7, 89 ahead.

Leading 2-1, India need to avoid defeat to win the series and secure a meeting with New Zealand in the World Test Championship final.

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