The ongoing India vs England pink ball day-night Test match has surely turned on its head as the hosts lost a total of 7 wickets for just 31 in the opening session itself on Day 2 at the Narendra Modi Stadium. India were bowled out for just 145 runs in the first innings of the third Test courtesy some great bowling from the England spin duo of Joe Root and Jack Leach. India surely gained a crucial first innings lead of 33 runs but the opening session on Day 2 belonged to England skipper Joe Root who picked up his maiden five-wicket haul.
The ongoing day-night Test match between India and England is the inaugural international match at the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad and it is also a historic occasion for Indian pacer Ishant Sharma who is featuring in his 100th Test match. After legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev, Ishant is the only other Indian fast bowler to reach the milestones of 100 Test matches. The Indian batters were surely found wanting against the England spinners on Day 2, but Ishant smacked a brilliant six off Jack Leach’s bowling and that was also his first six in international cricket.
England were bowled out for a paltry total of 112 runs in the first innings of the day-night Test match and only Zak Crawley looked comfortable for a while during his impressive knock of 53 runs. The Indian team also surrendered their innings quite early on Day 2 as they folded for 145 runs with Rohit Sharma as the highest scorer with 66 runs. Out of the 20 wickets in the first two innings of the Test match, 18 wickets were taken by the spinners from both the sides. It is also a fact that most of the batsmen from both England and India have fallen prey to the straighter deliveries instead of the turning ball on this turning track.
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