IND vs ENG 4th Test: English team trapped in spin web once again

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  • England’s first innings limited to 205 runs on the first day of the fourth Test
  • Left arm spinner Axar Patel took four, Ravichandran Ashwin three, Mohammad Siraj two and Washington Sundar took one wicket
  • India has scored 24 runs for one wicket at stumps and are still 181 runs behind
  • Cheteshwar Pujara 15 runs and Rohit Sharma eight runs were at the crease till stumps

Ahmadabad: England batsmen once again trapped in the Indian spin web. England was bowled out for 205 on the very first day of the fourth and final cricket test in front of the magical spin of Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin. In reply, India lost the wicket of Shubhman Gill quickly. At the end of the first day’s play, India’s score was 24 runs for one wicket. Rohit Sharma was playing eight and Cheteshwar Pujara was scoring 15 runs at stumps.

India lost the wicket of Shubman Gill on the third ball of the innings, who was trapped lbw by James Anderson. India’s account was also not open at that time. England, who were bowled out for 112 and 81 in the third Test at the same ground of Narendra Modi Stadium, won the toss in the morning and decided to bat but no English batsman could play a long innings except Ben Stokes (55). The wicket was getting turn and bounce but the England batsmen lost most of the wickets due to their mistakes.

local star Axar, who got 11 wickets in the last Test, took four wickets for 68 runs while Ashwin took three wickets for 47 runs. Fast bowler Mohammad Siraj got two wickets. India is 2–1 in the series and they just need a draw to reach the World Test Championship final. New Zealand has already reached the finals.

Axar gave England two setbacks in the morning and the visiting team had lost three wickets for 74 runs till lunch. Left-arm spinner Axar, who came to bowl in the sixth over, bowled Dom Sibley (two) on the ‘arm ball’. After this, Jacques Crowley (eight) returned to mid-off with a catch to Siraj. Joe Root (5) was trapped lbw by Siraj to a superb inswinger. England’s score was 30 for three in the very first hour. Captain Virat Kohli handed the ball to Ravichandran Ashwin in the 20th over. The spinners continued to apply pressure from both ends.

The wicket at the Narendra Modi Stadium was getting both a turn and a bounce but not consistently so that the England middle-order batsman was seen recovering from the initial setbacks. Stokes scored 55 runs in 121 balls with five fours and two sixes. He hit sixes to Ashwin and Washington Sundar. Sundar lbw to him and sent him to the pavilion.

Johnny Bairstow and Stokes shared a 48-run partnership. Bairstow succumbed to Siraj by scoring 28 runs off 67 balls. Both of them used restraint and excellent footwork to show that it is not difficult to bat on this pitch. Among the lower-order batsmen, Dan Lawrence scored 46 runs, but missed the letter in an effort to move ahead and was stumped by Rishabh Pant. Ollie Pope (29), Ben Foakes (1) and Jack Leach (7) were the three victims of Ashwin.

Brief score (Day 1):-

England 1st inning: All-out for 205 runs in 75.5 overs (Ben Stokes 55, Dan Lawrence 46, Ollie Pope 29, Jonny Bairstow 28, Axar Patel 4/68, Ravichandran Ashwin 3/47, Mohammed Siraj 2/45, Washington Sunder 1/14)

India: 1st inning: 24 runs for 1 wickets in 12 overs (Rohit Sharma 8 not out, Cheteshwar Pujara 15 not out, James Anderson 1/0)

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