Building a potent winning momentum on the first day of the pink ball Test, the Virat Kohli-led Indian team had given a big blow to England by restricting the visitors to a low score. The Indian team holds the commanding position of the game after the bowling line-up of the host had delivered an impressive performance on the first day of the third test match of the four-match Test series.
The third match against India and England had begun on Wednesday at Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad and the third test has become the first match to be played in Ahmedabad stadium, which is the world's largest cricket stadium in the scale of occupancy. The visitors had won the toss and decided to bat first and the teams began the third match when the series has been leveled with one victory each in the first two matches.
Amid the 50% of attendance, England came to the crease to bat first and Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley had opened the innings of the visitors. However, England ended up witnessing the flawed opening after Dom Sibley was dismissed for a duck. He was dismissed by Ishant Sharma following which Jonny Bairstow came to the crease only to add more shock to the visitors. Bairstow was also dismissed for a duck by Axar Patel. Apart from Crawley, no one had withstood on the crease as the English batsmen were blown away by the Indian spinners.
Crawley was the only batsman who crossed 20 and he was dismissed by Axar Patel for 53 runs off 84 balls including ten fours. Joe Root was dismissed for 17 runs while Ben Foakes was bowled out for 12 runs. England had lost five wickets by putting 81 runs on the board and the lack of stable partnership had led the visitors to lose all the wickets on the first day.
Jofra Archer has scored 11 runs and the rest of the batsmen had ended up below ten runs. Finally, England had ended its campaign and got bowled out for 112 runs. Two England batsmen were dismissed for a duck while four other batsmen were bowled out before scoring ten runs individually. England had batted 49 overs and ended up scoring 112 runs. On the Indian side, the spinners had delivered splendid performances with Axar Patel taking six wickets while Ashwin took three wickets.
For the first time in his Test cricket history, Axar Patel has got six wickets and it was his second five-wicket haul and Ashwin had three wickets while the rest one wicket was taken by Ishant Sharma. By restricting the visitors for 112 runs, India had begun its innings and Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill had opened the innings for the host, and at the time of writing the content, India has scored 10 runs and was trailing by 102 runs. If India wins the third Test, Virat Kohli will become India's most successful test captain at home and he would break the record of his predecessor MS Dhoni.