India crush England by 246 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five match Test series

The way the ball is turning and bouncing unevenly, it will almost be an impossible task for England to save the Test match

India registered the first win of the series against England as the visitors were bowled out for 158 in the second innings. India have taken a 1-0 lead in the five-match series thanks to good performances with the bat as well as the ball. On day 5, the England batting order collapsed as Indian bowlers dominated. While it would have been difficult for any opposition to negotiate the turn and bounce, England would have hoped for a better display from their batsmen.

The tail-enders fell cheaply as Zafar Ansari and James Anderson didn’t disturb the score keepers. Broad added 5 runs before he was trapped leg before wicket by Jayant Yadav. Jayant and Ashwin took 3 wickets each while Shami and Jadeja picked up two each.

At lunch, England were 142/7 with Jonny Bairstow at the crease on 23 along with Zafar Ansari who is yet to get off the mark. Adil Rashid was the last man to go with England tottering at 129/7. Rashid was on 4 when he was caught by Saha on Shami’s bowling.

England were on 115 when they lost two crucial wickets. Ben Stokes was bowled by off-spinner Jayant Yadav when he was on 6. Stokes completely missed the line of the bowl as his stumps were rattled. In the very next over, Shami got Root trapped leg before wicket. Root made 25 before he was dismissed. Root’s unsuccessful review meant England’s middle order was back in the hut.

With an overnight score of 87/2, Root and Duckett resumed play on Day 5. However, within an hour of play, England lost two wickets. Ben Duckett was the first batsman to depart as he was caught by Saha on Ashwin’s bowling. Moeen Ali was on 2 when he was caught by skipper Kohli on Jadeja’s bowling. England were 101/4 when Ali went back to the pavilion.

On Day 4, openers Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed had shown resistance. Cook and Hameed added 75 before Hameed was trapped leg before wicket by Ashwin. Hameed departed for 25 as Root joined captain Cook. Cook’s 54 from 188 balls was perhaps one of his slowest fifties but it was commendable the way he played, given the situation the team was in. In the last over of the Day, Jadeja got the big wicket of Cook as he was leg before wicket on 54.