IND vs ENG Day 1 Review: Yashasvi Jaiswal teach England the true ‘bazball’

In a gripping encounter at Hyderabad, India’s spin trio showcased their prowess, bagging eight crucial wickets against England on the opening day. Captain Ben Stokes fought valiantly for the visitors, propelling them to a total of 246, but Yashasvi Jaiswal’s explosive unbeaten half-century guided India to 119/1 by stumps.

England, opting to bat after winning the toss, made an impressive start with Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett punishing an erratic Mohammad Siraj. However, the introduction of spin by Rohit Sharma proved pivotal, with R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja making crucial breakthroughs. Despite a positive partnership from Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root, Axar Patel’s brilliance tilted the game in India’s favor.

Axar Patel and Jasprit Bumrah continued to dismantle the English lineup, with Stokes displaying resilience. His fiery innings was cut short by a sharp Bumrah delivery. In response, Yashasvi Jaiswal’s aggressive start, including two sixes off debutant Tom Hartley, spearheaded India’s reply. Although Rohit Sharma’s dismissal slowed the run rate, India closed the day at 119/1, trailing England by 127 runs.

England’s decision to exhaust all three reviews in desperation might haunt them, with India poised to take the lead on Friday.

Brief scores: India 119/1 (Yashasvi Jaiswal 76*; Jack Leach 1/24) trail England 246 (Ben Stokes 70, Jonny Bairstow 37; R Ashwin 3/68) by 127 runs.