Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin once again toppled England’s batting order as India start strong in the final test in Ahmedabad.
England all out for 205
The day in Ahmedabad started with England winning the toss and choosing to bat. Patel, in his brilliant sense, continued his fine form and took early wickets of Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley.
By lunch, England were 74/3 with Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes putting up a fight. Post lunch, however, things took a turn for the visitors as Bairstow was caught lbw by Mohammad Siraj.
Stokes continued to bat well and hit 55 off 121 deliveries before succumbing to a brilliant delivery by Washington Sundar. After that, it was just a matter of time for India to get the remaining wickets.
Dan Lawrence scored 46 off 74 to add some runs on the board, but only to fall prey to Patel’s tricky bowling.
All in all, Ashwin took 3 wickets, Patel took 4, and Siraj got 2 as India bowled out England for 205.
Gill falls early
England started well in their bowling by getting an early wicket of Shubham Gill in the very first over. James Anderson’s delivery to Gill was reviewed by the hosts but the lbw call taken by the umpire was correct.
Next came Cheteshwar Pujara who batted with Rohit Sharma for the better part of 11 overs. By the end of day 1, India were 24/1.
This time around, the pitch certainly looks a lot more playable from a batting sense. Given the depth of the Indian batting lineup, we should be in store for a good inning tomorrow.