IND vs ENG: Tom Hartley stuns India as England takes 1-0 series lead

IND vs ENG: Tom Hartley was the star of the day with the ball for England as claimed 7 wickets in the innings.

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IND vs ENG: England spun their way to victory in the first Test of India vs England as they went 1-0 up in the five-match series after winning the game by 28 runs. Tom Hartley stunned the hosts on debut, grabbing a seven-wicket haul on debut at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Chasing 213 runs to get a 1-0 lead in the five-match series, the hosts suffered a serious setback, with their batting collapsed like a deck of cards. Hartley finished with figures of 7-62, with the last wicket coming in the last over of the day, English bowler dismissed Mohammed Siraj to win the game.

England Spin Web of Victory in Hyderabad

England's win was orchestrated by a sensational debut performance from left-arm spinner Tom Hartley, who scalped 9 wickets in the match. Earlier, a stunning Ollie Pope's ton had given England a substantial lead.

What went wrong for India?

Chasing a challenging 231, India's vaunted batting lineup crumbled against the guile of Hartley, who ripped through the top order with a seven-wicket haul (7/62). His spin magic got help from some reckless shot selection from the Indian batters. Except for skipper Rohit Sharma, Indian batters, unlike first innings, played with a defensive approach. The strategy backfired as English spinners got plenty of support from the turning pitch on Day 4.

The chase started disastrously, with Shubman Gill and Yashasvi Jaiswal falling prey to Hartley's cunning variations within the first two overs. Shreyas Iyer soon followed, poking a harmless delivery to Joe Root at slip, adding salt to India's wounds. Even the more experienced head skipper Rohit Sharma couldn't weather the storm, succumbing to Hartley's relentless pressure. Meanwhile, the star of India's first innings, Ravindra Jadeja fell short on the crease and was run out by England's skipper.

Ashwin-Bharat effort goes in vain

Amidst the carnage, only Ravichandran Ashwin (28) and KS Bharat (28) showed some resistance, in order the save India's sinking ship. The pair stitched a brief 58-run partnership. But their valiant effort proved a mere consolation prize as the tail crumbled around them, sealing India's fate.

England's triumph, however, wouldn't have been possible without the heroics of Ollie Pope. Resuming on 148 overnight, the young batsman went on to score a magnificent 196, single-handedly resurrecting England's second innings. He found able support from Rehan Ahmed (28) and the debutant Hartley himself (34), forging crucial partnerships that pushed the lead beyond India's reach.

India's bowling attack, spearheaded by Jasprit Bumrah, did make inroads into the English batting, but Pope's masterclass proved too much to handle. Even Bumrah's late flurry, dismissing Pope and Ahmed, couldn't prevent the inevitable.

England takes series lead

This stunning victory not only gives England a crucial 1-0 lead in the five-match series but also casts a dark cloud over India's seemingly impregnable home record. It also raised questions about their approach against slow bowling. On the other hand, for England, this win is a resounding boost to their confidence. With four more matches to go, the series is wide open, but the momentum gained from this dramatic victory in Hyderabad has surely tilted the scales in England's favor.

Brief Scorecard

England 1st innings: 246/10 in 64.3 Overs (Ben Stokes 70, Jonny Bairstow 37; Ravichandran Ashwin 3/68) 

India 1st innings: 421/7 in 110 Overs (Ravindra Jadeja 87, KL Rahul 86; Joe Root 4/79) 

England 2nd innings: 420/10 in 102.1 Overs (Ollie Pope 196, Ben Duckett 47; Jasprit Bumrah 4/41)

India 2nd innings: 202/10 in 69.2 Overs (Rohit Sharma 38, Srikar Bharat 28; Tom Hartley 7/62)

POTM: Ollie Pope.