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“India Secures Second Place in WTC25 Standings with Series Victory Over England in Ranchi”

India sealed an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series with a hard-fought five-wicket win in the fourth Test held in Ranchi.

In the World Test Championship standings, India strengthened their position in second place, with their point-percentage rising from 59.52 to 64.58 after the victory. This further extended their lead over Australia (55%) and Bangladesh (50%). Meanwhile, England remained at the eighth spot with a percentage of 19.44%, just above Sri Lanka.

The fourth Test witnessed a back-and-forth battle, with Shubman Gill and Dhruv Jurel’s partnership ultimately proving decisive for India.

The match saw fluctuations, starting with debutant Akash Deep rattling England early on Day 1. However, Joe Root’s resilient century lifted England to a total of 353. India, in response, found themselves in trouble against Shoaib Bashir’s bowling, but Jurel’s gritty 90, supported by the lower order, narrowed the deficit to 46 runs.

Taking advantage of the unpredictable pitch, India’s spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja led the bowling attack. Ashwin’s five-wicket haul, his 35th in Tests, played a pivotal role in England’s collapse to 145 runs. This set India a target of 192.

India’s chase got off to a solid start on Day 3, but England’s spinners struck back to create tension. After a brief scare following the loss of quick wickets, Jurel and Gill steadied the ship with a crucial partnership.

Facing a challenging situation, the duo displayed intelligence and composure, guiding India towards the target. Gill’s aggressive strokeplay, including two sixes off Bashir, eased the pressure as India sealed victory. Jurel fittingly hit the winning runs as India clinched the series 3-1.

The series has been fiercely contested, with England initially gaining momentum in Hyderabad. However, India bounced back with convincing wins in Vizag and Rajkot before sealing the series in Ranchi.

The final Test is scheduled to take place from 7 to 11 March in Dharamsala.

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