India dominated the first day of the third test against England at Narendra Modi Stadium on Wednesday. Indian bowlers restricted visitors to 112/10(48.4 overs) and then went on to finish the day with 99/3(33 overs) on board. Local star all-rounder Axar Patel lead the attack for hosts with his 6-38.
With the series level at 1-1 after the 2 games in Chennai, India and England arrived in Ahmedabad to play the last 2 tests at the newly built ‘Largest Cricket Stadium in the World’.
The third test was all set to be a cracker with series leveled and the added scenarios of the World Test Championship and the first day did not disappoint at all. Ishant Sharma became only the 4th Indian bowler to play 100 test matches, the legendary Kapil Dev being the only other fast bowler to achieve the feat.
India vs England 1st Session:
It took Ishant Sharma only 9 balls to get Dom Sibley out in his milestone test match. Things worsened for England when Axar Patel got Jonny Bairstow plum on the pads with his first ball. Root and Crawley tried to build a partnership but in the 22nd over Ravichandran Ashwin got rid of the English captain Joe Root.
Zak Crawley made a quickfire 53 off 84 hitting 10 boundaries in the process before he got out leg before wicket to Axar Patel. England ended the session 4 wickets down after scoring 80 runs.
India vs England 2nd Session:
India again started the session with a bang after Ollie Pope played Ashwin’s ball completely down the wrong line costing England their 5th wicket. Just after that Axar Patel picked up his 3rd wicket of the day when he trapped the dangerous Ben Stokes in front of the stumps. The English tail could only manage 31 runs and England got bowled out for 112 just about half an hour before the end of the session. Indian openers came in to bat 25 minutes before dinner, to face one of the best fast bowling duos in the world.
In the second over Shubhman Gill edged a Stuart Broad deliver to second slip. Stokes took the catch initially but the ball slipped out of his hands and went towards the ground. The all-rounder claimed the catch but the on-field umpires went upstairs with the soft signal being out. Third umpire Shamshuddin made up his mind after seeing a single angle and declared Gill not out despite the soft signal. The England players did not agree with the decision and continued complaining to the on-field umpires as it was unclear whether Stokes’ right index finger was under the ball.
India ended the session without losing any wickets after playing 5 overs.
India vs England 3rd Session:
England continued with Broad and Anderson from both ends at the beginning of the Last Session. Shubhman Gill hit a boundary off Stuart Broad to get off the mark after not scoring a run for 45 minutes. Jofra Archer was introduced to the attack and got rid of Gill in the 15th over. The new batsman Pujara got out LBW in the very next over to Jack Leach. The skipper Virat Kohli walked out to the middle after Pujara got out for a duck. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli put together a 50 run partnership for the 4th wicket.
In the 31st over Rohit Sharma was beaten by a Jack Leach delivery and Ben Foakes in no time took the bails off from behind the stumps. The square leg umpire decided to review the decision, TV umpire Shamsuddin again gave the Indian Batsmen not out after seeing just one angle. England captain Joe Root was again seen complaining to the on-field umpire.
Sharma completed his half-century off in 63 balls continuing his good form. Just when India looked in complete control 15 minutes before stumps Jack Leach knocked Virat Kohli’s off-stump bail. India are 99-3 at the end of the first day with plenty of batting to come and Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane still at the crease the hosts are in pole position to get a hefty lead.
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