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Yashasvi Jaiswal’s Brilliance and Spin Mastery Counter ‘Bazball’

India 119 for 1 (Yashasvi Jaiswal 76*, Gill 14*) trail England 246 (Stokes 70, Bairstow 37, Ashwin 3-68) by 127 runs

In Test cricket, the newest trick came out in spurts, and not always from the team that was supposed to have invented it. But on the first day of the series, the oldest truth of the oldest format was made clear: a hitting strategy can only make a difference when both teams’ bowling is about the same.

India Dominates

On a friendlier pitch than recent Indian surfaces, India knocked England out for 246 with two of the greatest spinners ever. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma devoured a Jack Leach and two spinners attack with only one Test between them, removing 119 by stumps.

Jaiswal started the innings with a boundary, welcomed debutant Tom Hartley with a six, and reached the series’ first fifty in under a run a ball.

After England started well against Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj, the most important work occurred on each side of lunch. Not as fast as India’s, but you’ll take 41 for 0 in eight overs against two such bowlers any day of the week. Especially after edging or missing 12 balls in that period.

India Dominates

Spin Brilliance

R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were urgently needed. After bowling a maiden, Jadeja defeated Zak Crawley three times. They found their length quickly when the ball twisted for them. Batters might sweep or defend without the drive and back-foot shots. Two sweeps off Jadeja gave Ben Duckett fours, but Ashwin bowled straighter to stop him. Offbreak hit leather, struck his inside edge, and trapped him in front.

Ollie Pope never appeared comfortable during his brief stint, and Jadeja defended in front of him. After Ashwin beat Crawley in the flight, Crawley check-drove to mid-off. Three wickets in five runs meant 3 for 30 in the first eight spin overs.

Axar Patel’s unplayable delivery after noon ended Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow’s 61-run innings. One length, centre, and off, having Bairstow defend in front of the body and twisting it past him to take the top off. They swept off the line and went for anything pitched outside to avoid this. Root brushed too short and top-edged to short fine leg to make it 125 for 5.

Stokes’ Resilience

From 155 for 7, Ben Stokes made three crucial stands to give England hope. In his 23 off 24, Hartley smacked Ashwin for a four and a six when Test cricket was easy for him. Stokes went above 50 in his 41-run stand with Mark Wood, but wickets were inevitable in such high-risk batting.

England may be delighted with the bottom order’s performance, but they’ll be upset they couldn’t target the spinners. On that scorecard, Bazball may have drawn Jadeja’s costliest analysis at 4.88 an over, but a couple of wickets fell playing forward-defensively. India would argue that bowlers must perform well to gain respect.

Start bowling on pads as Wood did and it won’t happen. Jaiswal dispatched him for four. Hartley didn’t quite bowl a bad ball, but Jaiswal took him down with a slog-swept and a traditionally swept six in his first over. Not only did the England spinners draw fewer turns than Ashwin and Jadeja they also didn’t have the accuracy of Axar, who turned it even less.

Yashasvi Jaiswal was in no mood to slow down as he kept pouncing on every error in length, hitting nine fours and three sixes in his unbeaten 70-ball 76. Hartley’s first spell in Test cricket read 9-0-63-0.

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    January 26, 2024 at 7:21 am

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    January 26, 2024 at 8:15 am

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    January 26, 2024 at 9:01 am

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