India in Full Control of Third Test as England All-Out for 112 

India vs England Third Test Day 1 News
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Betting Expert, James Pacheco

Last updated on 24th February 2021

Published: 24/02/2021

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Virat Kohli’s India are holding all the trumps in Ahmedabad at the end of the first day’s play at the Third Test against England.

Here’s what happened on the first day and how England got themselves into such a mess.

Disaster for England first up

Few could blame England captain Joe Root for choosing to bat after winning the toss in Ahmedabad given batting first in India is generally the way to go.

But what Root really couldn’t have predicted was that his side would all be out for just 112.

Opener Zak Crawley was the only one who made a decent effort, scoring an impressive 53 before being trapped LBW by Axar Patel.

Patel was India’s chief destroyer on the day, finishing with figures of 6-38 off 22 overs.

He, somewhat surprisingly, out bowled senior spinner Ravi Ashwin, who took 3-26.

India only needed to use four bowlers, with no other England player bar Crawley even getting past 17.

Axar Patel celebrates with fellow Indian teammates

India take it easy in reply

In reply, India weren’t going to make the same mistakes as En gland and went into proper Test match mode.

Openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill were patient and disciplined and wanted to make sure that England would have to work for their wickets.

By close of play they were 99-3, just 13 runs behind and with seven wickets in hand.

Crucially, opener Rohit Sharma will return unbeaten on 57 after a fine knock in the circumstances.

India did however lose Kohli for 27 when he was looking good, spinner Jack Leach claiming the India skipper as one of his two victims.

Spin, not swing

India now have all the time in the world to build as big a lead as possible and then go about trying to get England all out cheaply for a second time, though it will be almost impossible to bowl them out for just over 100 once more.

Despite all the hype about the pink ball swinging so much before the start in a Day/Night Test, it was spin which has really proved to be the way to go.

England are under huge pressure now.