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India vs England Axar Patel joins elite list after taking 5 wicket haul on Test debut

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Axar Patel became the 9th Indian player to take a five-wicket haul on Test debut and only the second left-arm spinner after Dilip Doshi to take a five-for in his debut Test.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Axar Patel picked up a five-wicket haul on his Test debut for Team India
  • Axar is the 2nd left-arm spinner to take a five-for on debut
  • India (329 & 286) beat England (134 & 164) by 317 runs to level the series

India left-arm spinner Axar Patel on Tuesday added his name to an elite list after taking his maiden five-wicket haul in the ongoing match against England in Chennai.

Axar became the 9th Indian player to take a five-wicket haul on Test debut and only the second left-arm spinner after Dilip Doshi to take a five-for in his debut Test. Dilip Doshi was the first left-armer to take a five-for on debut at the same venue against Australia in Chennai in 1979.

Axar picked up the wickets of Dom Sibley, Jack Leach, Joe Root, Ollie Pope and Olly Stone to reach the landmark as India beat England by 317 runs.

India bowled out England for 164 in the final innings after setting them a target of 482 runs to win in Chennai.

India vs England, 2nd Test: As it happened

Spinners played a huge part on Day 4 with Axar being the pick of the bowlers while Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav bagged a couple.

Resuming on 53-3, and chasing a record 482 for an improbable victory, England lost four wickets in Tuesday's morning session, while Joe Root leads the resistance at 33 not out.

Ben Foakes fell for two at the stroke of lunch, giving Kuldeep Yadav his first wicket of the match.

Wily off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who followed a five-wicket haul with a century in India's second innings, struck with his first delivery of the morning, dismissing Dan Lawrence for 26.

Seeing the batsman charge down the track, Ashwin spun the ball through his legs and Rishabh Pant collected it down the leg side and dived to his right to complete the stumping.

 

Ben Stokes joined Root in denying India for nearly 13 overs before Ashwin (3-42) struck again, the batsman's prod at a fuller-length delivery resulting in an inside edge that hit his pad en route to Virat Kohli in the slip.

Stokes faced 51 balls for his eight runs.

Ollie Pope did not last long either, making 12 before slog-sweeping Axar Patel to Ishant Sharma at deep mid-wicket.

Root got a reprieve when Mohammed Siraj dropped an easy catch after the batsman, then on 32, had reverse-swept Kuldeep.

 

Source: INDIA TODAY

 

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