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Pink ball Test Axar Patel 1st bowler to take 5 wickets at Narendra Modi stadium England fall to 71 year low

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Axar Patel became the first bowler to take a 5-wicket-haul at the Narendra Modi Stadium as England were bowled out for 112, their lowest score in the first innings of a Test match after opting to bat first since 1950.

Axar Patel on Wednesday became the first bowler to take a 5-wicket haul at the recently-renovated Narendra Modi Stadium, the largest in cricket, as India took the upper hand on Day 1 of the Pink-ball Test at Motera.

Patel grabbed his maiden six-wicket haul as he finished with 6 for 38 to help India bowl England out for 112 inside 2 sessions after Joe Root won the toss and opted to bat. Patel's five-wicket haul was his 2nd in as many Tests and his figures are also the 2nd-best in a Day-night Test after Devendra Bishoo's 8 for 49 against Pakistan in Dubai in 2016/17.

Axar and fellow offie Ravichandran Ashwin shared 9 wickets between themselves which is also the most by spin bowlers in an innings in a day-night Test. The previous best was 8 wickets, all of which were taken by Bishoo in the Dubai Test nearly 5 years ago.

"The oddball did spin but the pink-ball mostly skidded. So our effort was to bowl wicket-to-wicket," Patel told a video conference.

"We stuck to that line and pace because we know if batsmen tried to play us off back foot, there were higher chances of getting them lbw or bowled."

England meanwhile, fell to a 71-year low as they succumbed to their lowest score in the first innings of a Test match after opting to bat first since 1950. This is also England's 4th-lowest total in a Test innings against India and their 2nd lowest in this country.

Rohit Sharma then helped the hosts weather a top-order wobble of their own to finish an eventful 13-wicket day on 99 for 3.

Rohit was unbeaten on 57, becoming the first batsman to hit a half-century on this venue, at the close with Ajinkya Rahane on one and India were eyeing a handy first-innings lead with the series level at 1-1.

 

Source: INDIA TODAY

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