Dharamshala Test: Indian spinners limit England to 218

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | March 07, 2024 IST

Dharamshala, Mar 7: Electing to bat first, England were all out for 218 in 57.4 overs in their first innings against India on Day 1 of the Fifth and Final Test at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium, here on Thursday.

Putting all speculations to rest about the possible behaviour of the HPCA pitch on overcast conditions and cool weather, Indian spinners continue to rule the roost over English batters. They did not allow the visitors to build big partnerships and snapped wickets regularly.

Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav was the wrecker-in-chief with a five wicket haul. Playing his 100th Test Ravichandran Ashwin scalped four wickets, while his years-long spin-twin Ravindra Jadeja too tested a lone success.

The only England batter to have put on a fight and managed a 50-plus score was opener Zak Crawley, who slammed 79 runs in 108 balls, with 11 boundaries and a huge six. 

As Indian spinners dictated terms, the visitors continued to lose wickets at regular intervals. 

England lost opener Ben Duckett (27), Ollie Pope (11), Joe Root (27), 100th Test-man Jonny Bairstow (29), skipper Ben Stokes (0), Tom Hartley (6), Mark Wood (0), Ben Foakes (24) and James Anderson (0) cheaply. 

India have already clinched the five-match Test series 3-1.

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