Ahmedabad: On the first day of the third Test between India and England (IND vs ENG), Team India (Team India) gave a formidable match against the British. Joe Root’s team were in full swing for the fourth lowest score in their testing history.
India took a solid lead in the opening innings of the match with the help of Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten fifty after England were eliminated for 112 with the help of Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin.
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Axar Patel, performing at his best on the first day of this day-night test, took 6 wickets for 38 races while Ashwin took 3 wickets for 26 races. A wicket has arrived for Ishant Sharma who is playing his 100th test match. Only 4 English drummers reached double digits.
India scored 99 points for 3 wickets until the end of the first day of play and they are only 13 points behind England. Rohit 57 and Ajinkya Rahane were playing for 1. at the stumps, captain Virat Kohli (27) was absent before the end of the match. Rohit and Kohli added 64 points for the third wicket.
Shubman Gill (11) had a tough test in front of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, but he waved the ball in the air in an attempt to shoot Joffra Archer’s short ball. Spinner Jack Leach dug out Cheteshwar Pujara shortly after and added joy to the English camp.
Rohit played some nice shots after initially playing and completed his 12th half-century test in test matches. When Kohli was 24, Oli Pope gave up his easy hold but couldn’t take advantage of it and Leach’s ball played on his wickets.
Winning the toss and hitting first, the English batsmen gave more preference to the Indian spinners by giving more priority to save their wickets. Ishant got off to a great start and caught Rohit Sharma’s Dom Sibley (zero) in the second slip on a good line and length of the ball.
Kohli handed the ball to Akshar in the 7th and he dismissed Johnny Bairstow (0) on his first ball. Crowley, meanwhile, took an aggressive approach during the pink ball session, which was considered best for the stick, scoring some nice practices and shots.
After that, Crowley and Joe Root (17) started having problems as Ashwin held the ball. Crowley had a life because of the controversial referee appeal, but the situation was clear in Root’s case. He also lost the DRS on the successful Ashwin LBW call.
The story didn’t change in the second session either: Ashwin dropped Olly Pope’s strain (one) in the first after tea, while Akshar fired Ben Stokes in the next. After that, it was the turn of Jofra Archer (11) who took a ball on the ball by taking the turn of the letter.
A transport at five counters during its first test
A transport of five counters during his second test
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Pujara took a very low hold to his right in Leechka’s second slip, giving Ashwin the 397th wicket in testing, while Patel took his 5th wicket of the innings as Broad. Bumrah made his contribution by taking a deep square-leg hold. Patel ended England’s heats by dismissing Ben Fox (12).
The 4-game test streak is still 1-1. When England won the first test match at Chennai by 227 points, India won the second match at the same venue by 317 points and tied the series. Team India will look to win both matches in Ahmedabad and advance to the final of the ICC Test Championship.