England collapse to 112 all out in India pink-ball Test

By: AFP      Published: 06:37 PM, 24 Feb, 2021
England collapse to 112 all out in India pink-ball Test

Spinner Axar Patel claimed six wickets as India skittled out England for 112 on day one of a crucial day-night third Test in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.

Patel, who recorded his second haul of five or more wickets in just his second Test, combined with Ravichandran Ashwin to end England's innings in 48.4 overs in the world's biggest cricket stadium.

India's innings witnessed a power cut with most of the new LED lights at the revamped stadium going off for two minutes after which play resumed.

India reached five for no loss at dinner with Rohit Sharma, on five, and Shubman Gill at the crease.

Gill survived a scare when he was caught at second slip off fast bowler Stuart Broad but replays suggested that Ben Stokes had grassed the ball while taking the catch.

Earlier Zak Crawley top-scored with 53 after England elected to bat first. Captain Joe Root (17) Ben Foakes (12) and Jofra Archer (11) also got into double figures.

The England batting fell apart after fast bowler Ishant Sharma, playing his 100th Test, struck first with the wicket of Dom Sibley for nought in the third over of the day.

Crawley put on 47 runs with Root for the third wicket to put up some resistence but Ashwin claimed the England captain with his off spin.

Root reviewed the call but replays showed the ball would have hit the top of leg stump and he left the field to the loud cheers of the home crowd.

England took tea at 81 for four and wickets kept falling in the second session.

Foakes stood guard for 58 balls before Patel bowled the wicketkeeper-batsman to wrap up the innings. Ashwin took three wickets.

England, looking to bounce back from a 317-run defeat, have brought back their pace duo of James Anderson and Archer in the team.

The four-match series is level at 1-1.

England suffer early blows in India pink-ball Test

India's bowlers claimed key wickets including skipper Joe Root as England struggled to 81-4 at tea in the day-night third Test on Wednesday.

Ben Stokes, on six, and Ollie Pope, on one, were batting in front of a hostile crowd in the world's biggest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad.

Root won the toss and chose to bat but wickets soon started falling. Axar Patel claimed two while fellow spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and fast bowler Ishant Sharma, playing his 100th Test, took one each.

Sharma struck early to get Dom Sibley caught at second slip for nought in the third over.

Spin was introduced in the seventh over and Patel's first ball trapped the returning Jonny Bairstow lbw for nought.

Zak Crawley put on 47 with Root before Ashwin claimed the England captain lbw for 17 with his off spin.

Root reviewed the call but replays showed the ball would have hit the top of leg stump and he left the field to the loud cheers of the home crowd.

Crawley, who scored 53 after missing the opening two Tests due to a wrist injury, reached his fourth Test fifty with a boundary off Patel but fell lbw to the left-arm spinner just before the break.

England, looking to bounce back from a 317-run defeat in the second Test, brought back their pace duo of James Anderson and Jofra Archer apart from Crawley and Bairstow.

India v England third Test scoreboard

Scoreboard after England's innings on day one of the day-night third cricket Test against India in Ahmedabad on Wednesday:

England

Z. Crawley lbw b Patel               53

D. Sibley c R. Sharma b I. Sharma     0

J. Bairstow lbw b Patel               0

J. Root lbw b Ashwin                 17

B. Stokes lbw b Patel                 6

O. Pope b Ashwin                      1

B. Foakes b Patel                       12

J. Archer b Patel                         11

J. Leach c Pujara b Ashwin         3

S. Broad c Bumrah b Patel          3

J. Anderson not out                     0

Extras (b1, lb2, nb3)                   6

Total (48.4 overs, all out)           112

Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Sibley), 2-27 (Bairstow), 3-74 (Root), 4-80 (Crawley), 5-81 (Pope), 6-81 (Stokes), 7-93 (Patel), 8-98 (Leach), 9-105 (Broad), 10-112 (Foakes)

Bowling: I. Sharma 5-1-26-1 (nb1), Bumrah 6-3-19-0 (nb1), Patel 21.4-6-38-6, Ashwin 16-6-26-3

India: R. Sharma, S. Gill, C. Pujara, V. Kohli (capt), A. Rahane, R. Pant, W. Sundar, A. Patel, R. Ashwin, I. Sharma, J. Bumrah

Toss: England