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Motera pink ball Test: Local boy Axar Patel stars as England crumble to 112 in first innings

The visitors lost four wickets in the opening session before unravelling completely in the second.

Published: 24th February 2021 06:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th February 2021 06:46 PM   |  A+A-

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Joe Root's men once again looked clueless against the in-form spin combination of Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo | Twitter @bcci)

By PTI

AHMEDABAD: England collapsed to 112 in their first innings with Indian left-arm spinner Axar Patel snaring six wickets on the first day of the day-night third Test here on Wednesday.

Opting to bat after winning a crucial toss, Joe Root's men once again looked clueless against the in-form spin combination of Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin.

The visitors lost four wickets in the opening session before unravelling completely in the second.

While Patel picked up for 6/38 in 21.4 overs, Ashwin returned figures of 3/26. Veteran pacer Ishant Sharma, who is playing in his 100th Test, also chipped in with one wicket.

Opener Zak Crawley was England's top scorer with a breezy 53-run knock that came off 84 balls before he was trapped LBW by Patel.

Crawley's impressive stay at crease included 10 fours.

Skipper Joe Root's 17 was the only other notable contribution in the below-par total.

The series is currently tied 1-1 after England triumphed in the opener and India claimed the honours in the second game.

Brief Scores: England 1st Innings: 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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