It was the last ball of 114th over. Root bowled a low full toss. Sundar, at the striker's end, whips it towards mid-on. At the other end was Axar Patel, who's been having a magnificent debut series with the ball and today with the bat.
Axar looks at the whip shot from Sundar and sees an opportunity for a single only to let Sundar keep the strike in the next over. Lesser he knew, he was creating life tough for Washington Sundar. Axar ran and Sundar sent him back, but the time space wasn't enough for Axar to return back to the crease. What happened next? Axar is caught inches short at bowler's end as Root dislodged the bails in no time.
Standing in hope at the bowler's end, Sundar saw the demolition of yet another hundred as Stokes cleaned up India's remaining tail in a span of four deliveries, leaving Sundar stranded on 96.
India were bundled out on 365, leading by a mammoth 160 runs, which no one would've expected after seeing India's downfall yesterday.
The cricket world was broken and rightly so, as fans saw Sundar's hopes crumble once again in the series after Chennai, where he was denied a hundred by the tail. Here are few consolidatory tweets as fans expressed disappointment after seeing Sundar's hope dismissed on 96.
Oh @Sundarwashi5, wasn't to be but very well played. There will be more centuries. It was batting of the highest class.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 6, 2021
No Ton for Washington….but was by no means any less. Cricket’s obsession with numbers/milestones must not take anything away from this stellar effort. His batting is commanding a place in the side…now, to pick a few more wickets. #IndvEng
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 6, 2021
Oh that’s such a rough deal. Deprived of a Washing-ton after such a wonderful innings. #INDvENG
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) March 6, 2021
Uh, oh, #WashingtonSundar stranded on 96. What a travesty. Had played superbly
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 6, 2021
Very unfortunate that he wasn’t able to get a much deserved hundred but what he has done is he has set India up to win this game and the series. Superb effort @Sundarwashi5
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) March 6, 2021