India take control in Ahmedabad

25 February 2021 03:32:48 GMTPlus10

England have it all to do in the third Test against India after a dismal batting display saw the tourists bowled out for just 112 on day one in Ahmedabad.

Having won the toss and chosen to bat, returning opener Zak Crawley was the only player to put up any sort of resistance with a fluent half-century.

But just three other England players made it to double figures as Axar Patel took 6-38 and Ravichandran Ashwin 3-26 as the tourists once again crumbled when faced with India's spinners.

In reply, India ended the day on 99-3 with Jack Leach claiming the prize wicket of India captain Virat Kohli to give England some hope on an otherwise painful first day.

Opener Rohit Sharma, who scored a century in India's second Test victory, will begin day two on 57 not out.

England's decision to go with just one spinner and a three-pronged seam attack gambled on there being swing on offer in this day-night match but it was quickly made to look the wrong call by the selectors.

India, by contrast, chose three spinners in their line-up - a decision vindicated by the exploits of Patel and Ashwin, who continues to have an iron grip over England's batting unit.

Dom Sibley was the only England player to be dismissed by a pace bowler on day one and in their last two innings 19 of the tourists' 20 wickets have been taken by spin.

And their decision to team James Anderson with Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer looked even more questionable in the evening session with little lateral movement on offer for the trio and spinner Leach offering by far the biggest threat to the Indian batsman.

India are 1.001 to take a 2-1 series lead with victory in Ahmedabad with England 51.00 to pull off a stunning comeback. The draw is 251.00.

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