India have taken a firm grip on the first Test against England in Hyderabad, thanks to a brilliant batting performance by Ravindra Jadeja and the lower order. India scored 436 in their first innings, taking a massive 190-run lead over the visitors, who were bowled out for 246 on day one.
Jadeja falls short of century, but frustrates England
Jadeja, who resumed on 81, fell just 13 runs short of his second Test century, as he played a superb knock of 87 off 180 balls. He added 78 runs for the eighth wicket with Axar Patel, who made a valuable 44. Jadeja hit nine fours and a six in his innings, and showed great patience and skill against the England bowlers.
He was finally dismissed by Ben Stokes, who had him caught behind by Ben Foakes. Stokes was the most successful bowler for England, taking four wickets for 69 runs. He also removed Patel and Mohammed Siraj in quick succession, as India lost their last three wickets for 15 runs.
India’s tail wags, England’s fails
India’s lower order showed great resilience and application, as they added 215 runs for the last five wickets. Apart from Jadeja and Patel, Rishabh Pant also chipped in with a breezy 36, while Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah contributed 19 and 16 respectively.
In contrast, England’s tail failed to wag, as they lost their last six wickets for 58 runs on day one. Rehan Ahmed, who made a fighting 50, was the only lower-order batsman to offer some resistance. England’s top order also struggled, as they were reduced to 62 for four at one stage. Joe Root top-scored with 64, while Jonny Bairstow made 46.
India in driver’s seat, England face uphill task
India have put themselves in a commanding position, as they have a huge lead and three days left in the match. They will look to bowl out England cheaply in the second innings, and push for a victory. India have a potent bowling attack, led by Bumrah, who took three wickets in the first innings. Ashwin and Patel also pose a threat with their spin, especially on a pitch that is expected to deteriorate.
England, on the other hand, face an uphill task to save the match. They will need a monumental effort from their batsmen, who have to cope with the pressure of the deficit and the quality of the Indian bowlers. England will also hope for some assistance from the weather, as rain is forecast for the next two days.