Ahmedabad: On the first day of the third Test between India and England (IND vs ENG), Team India (Team India) had played a tremendous game against the British. Joe Root’s team was all out for the fourth lowest score in their Test history.
India got a strong lead in the first innings of the match with the help of Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten fifty after bowling England for 112 with the help of Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin. Step aside
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Axar Patel, performing his best on the first day of this day-night test, took 6 wickets for 38 runs while Ashwin took 3 wickets for 26 runs. One wicket got to Ishant Sharma who is playing his 100th Test match. Only 4 England batsmen reached double digits.
India has scored 99 runs for 3 wickets till the end of the first day’s play and now they are just 13 runs behind England. Rohit 57 and Ajinkya Rahane were playing for 1 at stumps. Captain Virat Kohli (27) was out before the end of the game. Rohit and Kohli added 64 runs for the third wicket.
Shubman Gill (11) gave a tough test in front of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, but he waved the ball in the air in an attempt to pull Joffra Archer’s short pitch ball. Spinner Jack Leach dug out Cheteshwar Pujara soon thereafter and added joy to the England camp.
Rohit played some fine shots after playing initially and completed his 12th Test half-century in Test matches. When Kohli was on 24, Oli Pope gave up his easy catch but he could not take advantage of it and the leach ball played on his wickets.
After winning the toss and batting first, the English batsmen gave more preference to the Indian spinners by giving more preference to save their wickets. Ishant got off to a great start and caught Dom Sibley (zero) off Rohit Sharma in the second slip on a good line and length ball.
Kohli handed the ball to Akshar in the 7th over and he dismissed Johnny Bairstow (0) on his first ball. Crawley, meanwhile, took an aggressive approach in the pink ball session, considered the best for batting, scoring some beautiful drives and flick shots.
After this, both Crowley and Joe Root (17) started having problems as Ashwin stopped the ball. Crowley got a life due to the controversial umpire call but the situation was clear in Root’s case. He also lost the DRS on Ashwin’s successful LBW appeal.
There was no change in the story in the second session as well. Ashwin dropped the off stump of Olly Pope (one) in the first over after tea, while Akshar dismissed Ben Stokes in the next over. After this, it was the turn of Jofra Archer (11) who took a ball on the ball taking the turn of the letter.
A five-wicket haul in his debut Test
A five-wicket haul in his second test
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Pujara took a very low catch on his right in the second slip of Leechka, giving Ashwin the 397th wicket in Tests, while Patel took his 5th wicket of the innings as Broad. Bumrah made his contribution by taking a catch at deep square leg. Patel ended England’s innings by dismissing Ben Fox (12).
The 4-match Test series is still 1-1. When England won the first Test match in Chennai by 227 runs, India won the second match on the same venue by 317 runs and equalized the series. Team India will try to win the two matches in Ahmedabad and make it to the finals of the ICC Test Championship.