Ind vs Eng 3rd Test: The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad witnessed an exciting first day of the pink-ball Test between India and England on Wednesday. On day one, a total of 13 wickets fell. While England were bundled out for 112 and India lost three wickets before making 99 on a rank-turner pitch at Motera. It was the most number of wickets to fall on day 1, which entered the record books.
This spectacle has happened four other times in the history of the pink-ball Test but the Ahmedabad match tops the list as 13 wickets fell for the least number of runs scored on Day.
13/211 – England (10) vs India (3) in 2021 – Ahmedabad
13/233 – England (10) vs New Zealand in 2018 – Auckland
13/280 – Bangladesh (10) vs India (3) in 2019 – Kolkata
13/339 – South Africa (9) vs Zimbabwe (4) in 2017 – Port Elizabeth
Axar Patel was the star of the first day, scalping six wickets. England got all out for 112, their lowest-ever first innings score in a Test match. Zak Crawley was the top-scorer for England with a stroke-filled fifty but there was little help from his teammates. The likes of Joe Root, Ben Stokes, and Jonny Bairstow all failed against the spin-friendly pitch.
Captain Root departed for 17 as R Ashwin got the prized scalp to trigger the England collapse.
In reply, India posted 99 for 3 at Stumps after Rohit Sharma hit an unbeaten 57, stitching a 64-run stand with captain Virat Kohli who departed for 27 just before the close of play.