IND vs ENG: Yashasvi Jaiswal's heroic ton overshadows batting woes in Vizag Test

IND vs ENG: Yashasvi Jaiswal hammered 179 runs in 257 deliveries, including 17 boundaries and 5 maximum.

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IND vs ENG: Yashasvi Jaiswal's outstanding performance with the bat puts India on the pilot seat on the first day of the Vizag Test against England on Friday. The left-handed opener is unbeaten on 179*  at the stumps. Jaiswal's second ton in Test cricket overshadowed the struggles of other Indian batters. Notably, the next highest individual total is just 34 runs. 

After choosing to bat, India faced early setbacks with a cautious Rohit Sharma missing out on boundary opportunities and eventually falling to debutant Shoaib Bashir. His defensive approach saw him score no boundaries in his 41-ball innings. He was dismissed on 14. 

Jaiswal displays 'Jazball'

In contrast, Jaiswal showcased resilience and determination and capitalized on loose deliveries to steadily build his innings. He reached his century with a powerful six over long-on, becoming the backbone of India's batting lineup on a pitch devoid of significant challenges. Yashasvi Jaiswal hammered 179 runs in 257 deliveries, including  17 boundaries and 5 maximum. 

Middle order fails to convert start

Shubman Gill, who initially provided positive support, fell victim to England's strategy as James Anderson reaped success in a well-laid trap before Lunch. Gill's attempt to unsettle Anderson's lengths failed and he had to depart for 34. Shubman has been dismissed five times by Anderson in seven innings.

Jaiswal, in partnership with Shreyas Iyer, weathered a disciplined bowling spell post-lunch, with the latter falling prey to a sharp chance that was caught by Ben Foakes, giving Tom Hartley his first wicket of the game.

While Patidar fell victim to an unfortunate dismissal with the ball trickling onto the stumps, Axar Patel and KS Bharat squandered promising starts by falling to the spinner towards the end of the day's play. Despite several promising partnerships, India struggled to convert starts into substantial scores. The batsmen at positions No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6 all fell within the 25-35 run range.

Who replaced whom in Playing XI?

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bat first in the highly anticipated Test. Indian team made two changes in the squad as Rajat Patidar and Mukesh Kumar were replaced by KL Rahul and Mohammed Siraj. Meanwhile, the English side also made two changes as James Anderson and Shoaib Bashir were added to the squad in place of Mark Wood and Jack Leach.

Jaiswal's resilient century provided India with a significant boost, leaving England with a challenging task ahead on day two of the Test match.

Brief Scorecard: 

India: 336/6 in 93 Overs (Yashasvi Jaiswal 179*, Shubman Gill 34;  Rehan Ahmed 2/69) vs England

Toss: India won the toss and decided to bat first.