The first over England’s second inning had wickets, reverse criticism, the outside edge beaten and a lot of drama. Here is how it went.
Ball 1: Axar Patel opened the attack after skipper Virat Kohli handed him the pink ball. Opener Zak Crawley, who was standing deep inside the crease, had no idea of the delivery line as Axar rolled it over a good length and skidded it with his arm. As Crawley completely missed, there was only one place the bullet could go – in the stumps.
Ball 2: Jonny Bairstow was next. On his first bullet, he attempted a sweep and missed it completely. After the referee raised his finger, Bairstow went for an exam which revealed the ball was passing over the stumps.
Ball 3: Bairstow attempted to defend the ball but was guilty of playing for the round when there was none. A huge gap between the bat and the pad took the ball past its defense and shattered the wood. England were two points without any scoring as the Indian crowd and players jumped for joy.
Ball 4: The English captain Joe Root, after having played a magnificent spell, was at the fold. On his first delivery he went for a rear-foot defense, but this time Patel passed the ball in front of him.
Ball 5: England were ultimately out of place as Root managed to get a run.
Ball 6: Axar made a full, quick and out of the stump which was carefully defended by Sibley.
Look at the two counters here-
– khawar (@ malikkhawar06) February 25, 2021
Incredible scenes from Narendra Modi stadium….
First on the second round for England. Axar Patel Bowler
First ball – Clean BOWLED 🔥
Second bullet – Lbw out !! But decision canceled by the DRS
Third bullet – Clean BOWLED !!
– Rohit.Vishnoi (@The_Kafir_boy) February 25, 2021
Earlier, Jack Leach and Joe Root brought England back in the game against India after combining to bow the hosts for 145 points on day two of the third day-night test in Ahmedabad on Thursday.