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India vs England: Match gets delayed due to missing bail in 4th Test

England announced their arrival with a bang in the first Test as they beat India to take the opening lead in the series. However, Team India had to make a strong comeback in the best and convincing manner as they won back-to-back Tests with ease. India registered their biggest win over England in Test cricket by beating them by 317 runs.

In the pink-ball Test which lasted just 2 days, India won by 10 wickets to take a 2-1 lead in the high-profile series. Coming to the fourth and final Test at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, England skipper Joe Root guessed the right side of the coin and elected to bat first. However, they failed to start the innings properly as they once again fell prey to Indian spinners.

India’s left-arm spinner Axar Patel continued to weave the magic with the ball as he took two quick wickets reducing England to 15 for the loss of 2 wickets. Dominic Sibley and Zak Crawley fell prey to Axar’s bowling as they departed for 2 and 9 respectively.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Siraj joined the show and let his deliveries do the talking. Siraj went on to pick two crucial wickets for the team as he dismissed England skipper Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow.

These two dismissals put England on the back foot. However, all-rounder Ben Stokes ensured to lift the team’s morale by batting to the best of his abilities. He took the attack to the cleaners and was en route to scoring a good half-century.

Play halted for a moment as bail goes missing

While Ben Stokes was batting on 47 and his partner Ollie Pope was batting on 11, a hilarious drama took place after the end of the 43rd over of England’s innings. Nobody expected that one of the bails would go missing as it happened to settle right inside Rishabh Pant’s left glove.


There have been instances where the play has stopped because the ball had gone missing somewhere in the stands. Perhaps this is the first time in Test cricket that bail had gone missing and the Indian players and umpires had to take some time to launch an investigation for the lost bail.

However, after watching the replay on the screen, they easily detected the bail which was inside Pant’s sleeve. This was the hilarious incident that happened during the passage of the play.

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