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India vs England First Test Match: England triumphs in historic victory

England currently takes a one nil lead away to India in a historic contest between bat and ball in Hyderabad. Seen by Ollie Popes spectacular 196, debutant Tom Hartly’s 7-fer in the final innings, and credits to Ashwin’s and Jadeja’s disciplined bowling . Although the cricket lasted four days, it was a tough match by both sides and this has been considered a huge success for England under the company of Ben Stokes, winning by a narrow margin of 28 runs.

On the first day, England continued with their aggressive approach to test cricket with high strike rates in the batting and established a first innings lead of 246 all out, assisted by England Captain, Ben Stokes’, 70. However it was apparent that India’s spin duo of Ravi Jadeja and Ravi Ashwin caused trouble for the touring English batsmen, taking 3 wickets apiece, with Axar Patel taking 2. A very good day for India’s spin bowlers. India replied back with aggression in the third session of the day. The young talent, Jaiswal scored 50 off 47 balls. India finished at stumps with 119 for 1 wicket in 23 overs, with Sharma to have been the only wicket to fall, and Jaiswal finishing with 76*.

The second day saw India furthering their first innings score to 427 for 7 wickets by stumps and the third day saw the end of the Indian innings bowled out for 436 establishing a lead of 190. This consisted of remarkable batting performances from Jaiswal finishing on 80 and Rahul scoring 87. England's spin bowling has seen a remarkable 4 wicket haul from Root and 2 wickets on debut for Hartly although he had a rather expensive economy rate.

England pursued once again with their aggressive batting approach in days 3 and 4, with Ben Duckett scoring a useful 47 and a splendid innings of 196 for Ollie pope, who was the only English batsman to score over 50 and was the last wicket to fall for the England team.Finishing on 420 all out setting a target of 231 for India to chase in their second innings for day 4.

India went to take the bat after lunch on day four, however couldn’t get settled to begin the chase. England's spinner, Tom Hartley, puts pressure back on the Indian Batsman with a heroic 7 wicket haul on debut, taking the final wicket of Siraj, restricting India to finish on 202 all-out, 28 runs short of their target.

Both sides have played a high level of cricket regardless and have entertained us all with bat and ball. England does take an early lead in the Test series with one of their greatest wins in their history, coming back from a deficit of 190 runs from the first innings. With Virat Kohli out for the second test, and now Rahul and Jadeja. Will India struggle with their lack of experience after losing three crucial players in the second test in Visakhapatnam? England has announced that the experienced James Anderson and Shoib Bashir, who is a debutant, will be playing in the second Test.


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