IND vs ENG: Spinners reign supreme as India dominates on Day 1 of Hyderabad Test

IND vs ENG: Indian spinners claimed 9 wickets combined.

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IND vs ENG: The highly anticipated India-England Test clash is underway at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.  Ben Stokes' decision to bat first after winning the toss backfired as India's spin trio ran riot. Openers Duckett and Crawley started the England's innings aggressively, smashing Bumrah and Siraj around. But the tide turned once Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Duckett in the 12th over of the innings. Jadeja followed suit by sending Ollie Pope back, and although Joe Root survived a close LBW call, he and Zak Crawley also succumbed soon after.

Indian spinners on top

Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root steadied the ship with a 61-run partnership, but their stay was short-lived as they too fell after the lunch break. Bumrah finally joined the wicket-taking party, adding to the spinners' tally. With England teetering at 6 down, Stokes switched gears and partnered debutant Hartley for a much-needed 38-run stand. He reached his half-century with two consecutive sixes off Jadeja. Maek Wood was dismissed by Ashwin, which brought Leach to the crease. Stokes tried to hold the innings together, but Bumrah had the final say, dismissing him for 70. England eventually ended their innings at 246, with the Indian spinners claiming a combined 9 wickets. Jadeja and Ashwin bagged 3 each, while Axar Patel chipped in with 2.

What has changed?

England is returning to India after about two and a half years of break and both sides have had a change of captains and coaches in the intervening period. 'Men in Blue' were led by stalwart Virat Kohli in the 2020/21 series and coached by Ravi Shastri. Veteran batters Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane were an integral part of the side. On this occasion, both those stalwarts are out of the team while Virat Kohli is unavailable for the first two Tests. Rohit Sharma is the skipper and this will be his first five-match Test series leading the side Rahul Dravid is head coach of team. Apart from that this is evident that one can't say that India's approach has changed too much in the longest format of the game.

Brief Scorecard

England: 246/10 wickets in 64.3 Overs (Ben Stokes 70, Jonny Bairstow 37; Ravichandran Ashwin 3/68)

Toss: England won the toss and opted to bat

Playing XI of IND vs ENG:

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(C), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Srikar Bharat(WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.

England (Playing XI): Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes(C), Ben Foakes(WK), Rehan Ahmed, Tom Hartley, Mark Wood, Jack Leach.