Ind vs Eng: India choked once again, England won the match by 28 runs

Ind vs Eng: The Indian cricket team is currently playing a series of 5 Test matches against the England Cricket Team under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma. The first Test match of this series was played at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, starting from January 25. Everyone expected that Team India would capitalize on home conditions and secure a victory. However, Ben Stokes and company had other plans, and they achieved a magnificent win by 28 runs. So let’s take a look at this thrilling encounter.

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Ind vs Eng: India choked once again, England won the match by 28 runs

Talking briefly about the match played between India and England, it turned out to be one of the best matches in India’s Test history. However, in the end, they had to face defeat by 28 runs. To get an idea of the excitement of this match, one can gauge it from the fact that after winning the match, Ben Stokes stated that it was the best match under his captaincy so far. Stokes said, ‘this is our greatest victory since I took over as a captain.’

Ollie Pope and Tom Hartley emerged as the heroes for the England team, delivering outstanding performances with both bat and ball, ultimately securing the victory for England. So, let’s delve into the details of the entire match step by step.

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England couldn’t shine in the first innings

The first match of the 5-Test series between India and England was played in Hyderabad, in which England’s captain Ben Stokes won the toss and decided to bat first. However, this decision did not prove to be favorable for them, as the visiting team was bowled out for just 246 runs in the first innings. During this, Stokes (70) and Jonny Bairstow (37) were the highest run-scorers.

On the other hand, for India, the duo of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took 3 wickets each, while Axar Patel and Jasprit Bumrah also contributed with 2-2 wickets each. After a strong performance by the Indian bowlers, expectations were high for a similar performance from the batsmen, and that’s exactly what happened.

Top performers from both sides during England’s first innings

Batting: Ben Stokes (Eng) – 70 Runs, Balls – 88, Fours – 6, Sixes – 3
Jonny Bairstow (Eng) – 37 Runs, Balls – 58, Fours – 5, Sixes – 0
Ben Duckett (Eng)– 35 Runs, Balls – 39, Fours – 7, Sixes – 0

Bowling: Ravichandran Ashwin (Ind) – 21 Overs, 68 Runs, 3 Wickets, Econ. 3.23
Ravindra Jadeja (Ind) – 18 Overs, 88 Runs, 3 Wickets, Econ. 4.88
Axar Patel (Ind) – 13 Overs, 33 Runs, 2 Wickets, Econ. 2.53

The brilliance of the Indian batsmen was evident in the first innings

After bowling out the England team for 246, the Indian team began to showcase their prowess in batting. Openers Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal started the innings in their own style, providing a solid start for the team and scoring 80 runs in just 12 overs. However, after a big shot, Hitman lost his wicket with a personal score of 24. Nevertheless, Yashasvi continued the onslaught and played an explosive inning of 80 runs.

After Jaiswal, in the middle order, KL Rahul played a fantastic inning of 86, and Ravindra Jadeja contributed with a splendid knock of 87 runs. As a result, Team India scored 436 runs in the first innings. During this, Joe Root from England took the most wickets, dismissing 4 Indian batsmen. Meanwhile, Tom Hartley and Rehan Ahmed took 2 wickets each. With this strong batting performance, Team India gained a lead of 190 runs.

After this, everyone was speculating that the English team would crumble cheaply in the second innings, and India would secure a victory. However, in the second innings, England made a remarkable comeback, surprising everyone who witnessed it.

Top performers from both sides during India’s first innings

Batting: Ravindra Jadeja (Ind) – 87 Runs, Balls – 180, Fours – 7, Sixes – 2
KL Rahul (Ind) – 86 Runs, Balls – 123, Fours – 8, Sixes – 2
Yashasvi Jaiswal (Ind) – 80 Runs, Balls – 74, Fours – 10, Sixes – 3

Bowling: Joe Root (Eng) – 29 Overs, 79 Runs, 4 Wickets, Econ. 2.72
Rehan Ahmed (Eng) – 24 Overs, 105 Runs, 2 Wickets, Econ. 4.37
Tom Hartley (Eng) – 25 Overs, 131 Runs, 2 Wickets, Econ. 5.24

England team had a blast in the second innings

After witnessing England’s first innings, everyone assumed that they wouldn’t be able to do anything significant in the second innings as well. However, Stokes and company showcased a different style of batting against India in the second innings, presenting a true example of Bazball. England’s team displayed excellent batting in the second innings, scoring 420 runs, with Ollie Pope’s splendid century included.

Ollie Pope played a remarkable inning of 196 runs against India, anchoring one end and contributing significantly to England’s substantial score. This inning became the best score of his cricket career against India and also his highest score on foreign soil. Alongside Pope, Ben Duckett was the second-highest run-scorer, playing an innings of 47 runs.

In the second innings against England, Jasprit Bumrah and R Ashwin showcased their brilliance for India. Both took 4 and 3 wickets respectively. Additionally, Jadeja and Axar Patel also displayed their magic. In the second innings, Jadeja took 2 wickets, and Axar took one. After that, Team India needed 231 runs to win. But the Indian batsmen displayed extremely poor batting during the chase, which led to the guest team securing the match by 28 runs. And making a lead of 1-0 in this series.

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Top performers from both sides during England’s Second innings

Batting: Ollie Pope (Eng) – 196 Runs, Balls – 278, Fours – 21, Sixes – 0
Ben Duckett (Eng)– 47 Runs, Balls – 52, Fours – 7, Sixes – 0
Tom Hartley (Eng) – 34 Runs, Balls – 52, Fours – 4, Sixes – 0

Bowling: Jasprit Bumrah (Ind) – 16.1 Overs, 41 Runs, 4 Wickets, Econ. 2.53
Ravichandran Ashwin (Ind) – 29 Overs, 126 Runs, 3 Wickets, Econ. 4.34
Ravindra Jadeja (Ind) – 34 Overs, 131 Runs, 2 Wickets, Econ. 3.85

The run chase of the Indian team

India’s pursuit of 231 runs started on a dismal note. Indian opener Yashasvi Jaiswal lost his wicket after scoring 15 runs, and following him, Shubman Gill, batting at number 3, also got out for a duck. Although Rohit Sharma held the fort for quite some time, he also got out at a personal score of 39. After his dismissal, the entire middle order collapsed, and at that point, it seemed that India wouldn’t be able to win this match.

However, in the end, the partnership of R Ashwin (28) and KS Bharat (28) instilled confidence with their batting. Unfortunately, both were soon dismissed, and in the end, the fears became reality. In this match, Team India got all out for 202 on the fourth day, leading to England winning the match by 28 runs.

During this period, Tom Hartley, playing his first Test match for England, took the most wickets with a total of 7. It was Hartley, the bowler, whose performance led India to face defeat in the first Test. Besides him, Jack Leach and Joe Root also took one wicket each.

Top performers from both sides during India’s Second innings

Batting: Rohit Sharma (Ind) – 39 Runs, Balls – 58, Fours – 7, Sixes – 0
Srikar Bharat (Ind) – 28 Runs, Balls – 59, Fours – 3, Sixes – 0
Yashasvi Jaiswal (Ind) – 28 Runs, Balls – 84, Fours – 2, Sixes – 0

Bowling: Tom Hartley (Eng) – 26.2 Overs, 62 Runs, 7 Wickets, Econ. 2.35
Joe Root (Eng) – 19 Overs, 41 Runs, 1 Wickets, Econ. 2.15
Jack Leach (Eng) – 10 Overs, 33 Runs, 1 Wickets, Econ. 3.30

By winning this match, the England team has taken a 1-0 lead in the series, and now their aim will be to deliver a strong performance in the next match as well. The second match between India and England will be played on February 2 at Dr. Y.S. Rajashekar Reddy ACA-VDCA International Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.

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