Hyderabad, Jan 25: In reply to England's first innings score of 246 all out in 64.3 overs, India were 119/1 in 23 overs at stumps on Day 1 of the First Test at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, here on Thursday.
Young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal was unbeaten on 76 in 70 balls. He hammered 9 boundaries and 3 sixes. Jaiswal hit his first half century of the series in just 47-balls. Giving him good company at the crease was Shubman Gill, who was unbeaten on 14 in 43 balls.
However, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma was removed by spinner Jack Leach for 24 (in 27 balls), with a fine high catch at mid-on by England skipper Ben Stokes.
While England perhaps did not replicate their recent style of ultra aggressive 'Bazball' approach in their innings, the same was interestingly displayed by India in the early part of their innings.
Young opener Jaiswal and skipper Sharma began aggressively disseminating English bowlers to all parts of the ground. The duo perhaps tried to answer England in their style of batting.
Earlier, opting to bat first, England were bundled out for 246 in 64.3 overs. The visitors, however, managed to cross the vital 200-run mark, with their skipper Ben Stokes scoring a fighting 70, withstanding bravely the Indian spin-heavy attack.
Stokes batted with grit and courage for 122 minutes, though wickets continued to fall at the other end. During his 88-ball stay in the middle, he hit 6 boundaries and three massive sixes.
Stokes proved why he is rated so high in world cricket, as he stood tall amid ruins. Stokes, the lone ranger and hero of several famous England victories, was busy moving the score-board forward and batting with the tail-enders with lot of sincerity.
Seasoned Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, along with tall left-arm spinner Axar Patel, were on a roll.
Ashwin and Jadeja did claim three wickets each, while Axar Patel and pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah got two scalps each.
England openers duo Zak Crawley (20) and Ben Duckett (35), seasoned Joe Root (29), experienced Johny Bairstow (37), youngsters Rehan Ahmed (13) and Tom Hartley (23), though got starts but could not withstand Indian bowlers for long.
Towards the end, Bumrah too joined the party getting Stokes and Rehan Ahmed out.
The English batting display was in total, the first show of 'Bazball' approach against Indian spinners, where the hosts tested success. But Stokes did prove a point as well.
But to be fair enough, the visitors did not resort to their ultra aggressive approach ('Bazball') all the time. Some of them batted to their best potentials as per red-ball style of play, but Indian bowlers were too determined and on target to restrict the visitors blow 250.
England 246/10 in 64.32 overs;
India 119/1 in 23 overs.