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India vs England 13 wicket Day 1 in Ahmedabad pink ball Test enters record books

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India vs England: 13 wickets fell and only 211 runs were scored on Day 1 of the pink-ball Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad as India spinners ran through England’s batting order.

The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad witnessed an action-packed opening day of the Pink-ball Test between India and England with as many as 13 wickets falling on Wednesday. England were bundled out for 112 and India lost 3 wickets before making 99 on a spinner-friendly pitch at the rebuilt Motera stadium.

Well, it has not taken long for the first-ever international match at the world’s largest cricket stadium to enter the record books as 13 is the joint-most number of wickets to fall on Day 1 of a pink-ball Test.

It has happened 4 times in the nascent history of the pink-ball Test but the Ahmedabad match tops the list as 13 wickets fell for the least number of runs scored on Day 1.

13/211 - England (10) vs India (3) in 2021 - Ahmedabad

13/233 - England (10) vs New Zealand in 2018 - Auckland

13/280 - Bangladesh (10) vs India (3) in 2019 - Kolkata

13/339 - South Africa (9) vs Zimbabwe (4) in 2017 - Port Elizabeth

England’s 112 was also their lowest-ever first innings score in a Test match in India. The hosts, who were looking to make the best use of the pink-ball Test, were undone by the spin wizardy of Axar Patel and R Ashwin on what proved to a spinner-friendly pitch. Axar picked up his career-best figures of 6/38 while Ashwin picked up 3 as England collapsed from 80 for 3 to 112-all out.

Zak Crawley top scored for England with a stroke-filled fifty but there was very little help from the rest of his teammates. The likes of Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow and Ollie Pope played for spin when there was none as India bowlers, aided by the conditions, used their variations well.

Captain Joe Root departed for 17 as R Ashwin got the prized scalp to trigger the England collapse.

In reply, India posted 99 for 3 at Stumps after Rohit Sharma hit an unbeaten 57, stitching a 64-run stand with captain Virat Kohli who departed for 27 just before the close of play.

 

Source: INDIA TODAY

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