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Ahmedabad, March 4: The pair of Akshar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin once again weaved a web of spin and bundled England out for 205 on the very first day of the fourth and last cricket Test, but India lost the first wicket early in reply. At the end of the first day’s play, India’s score was 24 runs for one wicket. Rohit Sharma is playing eight and Cheteshwar Pujara is scoring 15 runs. India lost the wicket of Shubman Gill on the third ball of the innings, which James Anderson trapped lbw. India’s account was not even open at that time. England, who were bowled out for 112 and 81 runs in the third Test at the same ground, won the toss in the morning and decided to bat but no batsman could play a long innings except Ben Stokes (55). Turns and bounce were available from the wicket, but England batsmen lost most of the wickets due to their mistakes.
In the last Test, local star Akshar, who took 11 wickets, took four wickets for 68 runs while Ashwin took three wickets for 47 runs. Fast bowler Mohammad Siraj got two wickets. 2. In India series 1 ahead and just need a draw to reach the World Test Championship final. New Zealand has already reached the finals. Akshar gave England two setbacks in the morning and the visiting team had lost three wickets for 74 runs till lunch. Left-arm spinner Akshar, who came for bowling in the sixth over, bowled Dom Sibley (two) on the ‘arm ball’. After this, Jacques Crawley (eight) returned to mid-off with a catch to Siraj.
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Joe Root (5) was lbw by Siraj to a superb inswinger. England’s score was 30 for three in the very first hour. Captain Virat Kohli handed the ball to Ravichandran Ashwin in the 20th over. Spinners continued to pressurize from both ends. The wicket of the Narendra Modi Stadium was getting both turn and bounce but not continuously so that the England middle-order batsmen were seen recovering from the initial shaking. Stokes scored 55 runs in 121 balls with five fours and two sixes. He hit sixes to Ashwin and Washington Sundar. Sundar lbw to him and sent him to the pavilion. Johnny Bairstow and Stokes shared a 48-run partnership. Bairstow succumbed to Siraj by scoring 28 runs off 67 balls. Both of them used restraint and excellent footwork to show that it is not difficult to bat on this pitch.
Among the lower-order batsmen, Dan Lawrence scored 46 but in an attempt to play Akshar ahead and Rishabh Pant stumped him out. Olly Pope (29), Ben Fox (1) and Jack Leach (7) all fell victim to Ashwin. Earlier in the England team, batsman Dan Lawrence was replaced by Stuart Broad and off-spinner Dom Bess was replaced by Joffra Archer. Jasprit Bumrah was replaced by Mohammad Siraj in the Indian team. Bumrah is out of the team due to personal reasons.
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