IND vs ENG: England Strikes Back as Yashasvi Jaiswal’s Century Keeps India at 336/6 on Day 1

On the first day of the India vs. England Test at DR YSR Reddy Stadium, India struggled to capitalize on the flat pitch, finishing at 336/6 at stumps. Despite a spectacular century by Yashasvi Jaiswal, the team faced a challenging situation.

Jaiswal’s Heroics Not Enough

Yashasvi Jaiswal played a flamboyant innings, scoring an impressive 179*, but the rest of the Indian batsmen couldn’t make significant contributions. Shubman Gill was the second-highest scorer with 74, but no other batter managed to cross 35.

Early Wickets and Sturdy Partnership

The opening partnership between Rohit Sharma and Jaiswal was slow, reaching 40 in just over half an hour. However, debutant Shoaib Bashir’s breakthrough wicket, dismissing Sharma, broke the stability. Gill added momentum with streaky boundaries but fell for 34, leaving Jaiswal as the backbone of the innings.

Jaiswal’s Resilience

Jaiswal, not deterred by wickets falling around him, reached his second Test century with a six before Lunch, standing strong against England’s bowlers. He then built a crucial 70-run partnership with Rajat Patidar.

England’s Fightback

In the last session, England made a comeback by dismissing Patidar with a fortunate backspin that rolled onto the stumps. Despite a 52-run partnership between Jaiswal and Axar Patel, the latter’s loose shot cost his wicket. KS Bharat also fell for 17, leaving Jaiswal unbeaten at 179, just 21 runs short of a double century.

Day Ends with Jaiswal’s Brilliance

Jaiswal concluded the day with an outstanding performance, nearing a historic double century, alongside Ravichandran Ashwin. England’s bowlers, led by Shoaib Bashir and Rehan Ahmed, made significant contributions by taking crucial wickets to balance the game. The match is finely poised for an intriguing second day.

 

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