IND vs ENG: India had a day to forget on Wednesday as they handed hosts England the advantage on Day 1 of the Headingley Test match. Virat Kohli and Co. were bundled out for a paltry 78 as James Anderson picked up three wickets, while the Indian bowlers went wicketless as Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns ensured that they remained at the crease with a scintillating opening partnership. The duo scored half-centuries to take England to 120, sealing a 42-un lead with 10 wickets in hand, marking it the fourth time that Indian conceding a lead on Day 1 of the Test.
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IND vs ENG: Four times India conceded lead on Day 1 after batting first
1. India vs West Indies, Delhi, 1975
On a notorious track at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium (Now Arun Jaitley Staidum), India recorded their lowest first inning score, after being bundled out for just 75, a record that exists to date. In response, Chetan Sharma and Kapil Dev ran through their batting order, but Desmond Haynes stood firm, eventually guiding West Indies to 118-8 at the close of Day 1, with a lead of 43 runs. The visitors were eventually bowled out for 127, and India set them a target of 276 after captain Dilip Vengsarkar scored a monumental century. However, his effort went in vain as Viv Richards scored his seventh ton against India, and saw his team over the line to a five-wicket win.
2. India vs South Africa, Ahmedabad, 2008
Dale Steyn’s fifer meant that India’s famed batting order had been sent back for an embarrassing 76 on good batting conditions in Ahmedabad. In response, Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers made them pay, scoring half-centuries to take South Africa to 223/4 at Stumps on Day 1, with a 147-run lead. The onslaught did not stop there as they amassed a staggering 494/7 declared on the board, with Kallis 132 succeeded by De Villiers’ unbeaten 217. India in response were bowled out for 328, losing the game by an innings and 90 runs.
3. India vs England, Headingley, 2021*
India were bowled out for just 78 on Day 1 of the Headingley Test in their ongoing tour of England. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane were the only batsmen to post double figures, while no batsmen crossed the 20-run mark in a shambolic performance. In response, Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns put on a 120-un stand to ensure England led at the end of the day by 42 runs with 10 wickets in hand.
4. India vs New Zealand, Mohali, 1999
India were bowled out for 83 on Day 1 in Mohali, with Dion Nash picking up a six-wicket haul. In response, Stephen Fleming and Mark Spearman ensured that New Zealand did not suffer a similar fate, and ended the day at 119/3, with a lead of 36. Javagal Srinath ensured that they did not run away with the contest eventually picking up a six-wicket haul, with New Zealand bowled out for 217. India, then scored 505/3, with all their batsmen scoring 50s, to eventually clinch a draw.