D / N test: How Axar, a ‘local boy’, woven a web around England with the pink ball

Axar Patel’s left arm rotation saw England collapse to 112 in their opening run on day one of the third day-night test on Wednesday.

Choosing to beat after winning a crucial coin toss, Joe Root’s men once again seemed ignorant of Patel’s spin.

Patel tallied 6/38 in 21.4 overs as the visitors lost four wickets in the opening session before collapsing in the second.

Opener Zak Crawley was England’s top scorer with a 53-point light stroke that came off 84 balls before being trapped LBW by Patel.

With 6/38, Patel in the second test match of his career – at home, became the first Indian spinner to make a five-wicket draw in a day-to-night test match.

The series are currently tied 1-1 after England triumphed in Game 1 and India took top honors in Game 2.

Brief scores:

England 1st round: 112 all out in 48.4 overs (Zak Crawley 53, Joe Root 17, Axar Patel 6/38, Ravichandran Ashwin 3/26, Ishant Sharma 1/26).

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