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England in India First Test, Chennai (three days)
England 578 (190.1 overs): Route 218, Sibley 87, Stokes 82
India 257-6 (74 overs): Pants 91; Base 4-55, Archer 2-52
India’s trail of 321 runs
Dom Base boosted England’s chances of winning against India in the first three days of the first Test in Chennai, despite a great one from Chennai Shaw Pant. England in India
Base India skipper Virat Kohli 11 and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane were caught by one ball, the hosts were reduced to 3-4.
Pant then backed Jack Leach’s spin with a ruthless counter-attack and Cheteshwar Pujara backed up with 733 runs.
But Latch’s 911 off 8 balls caught the ball in the extra cover with the catch of the pants out both batsmen out.
After adding 23 runs in 40 minutes with the English bat, Joffra Archer had earlier taken the wickets of both the Indian openers in a great spell of the new ball. In the end they were bowled out for 578 runs.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Washington Sundar’s 32-run seventh-wicket stand disappointed England at the end of the day, but Joe Root’s side are the only team to win the Test.
Kohli fell to the base in the first innings of the year when the India captain returned to the team after the birth of their first child.
Three days later, England still rarely made a single foot mistake in this match.
After the first two days of patiently assembling, for three days they threw off India’s most popular top spot.
Archer and Base were great, England’s fielding was also outstanding.
James Anderson caught opener Shubhaman Gill in mid-on diving and got stuck with one hand on the extra cover while dismissing Rahon as the route continued to cut sharply.
After lunch they efficiently reduced the scoring rate, collecting just 14 runs in an hour, during which time the base batsman caught a short leg from the inside edge of Kohli.
Even luck was on England’s side. Pujara was caught in the middle wicket after the ball bounced off Oli Pope’s shoulder in a short leg.
England’s only fault was the inability of the launch to overcome the flashy attack of the pants and a drop of archer towards the end of the day to recover Sundar on the 25th. Archer was running backwards from the long-on and the ball bounced off his shoulder.
Still, India, the top leaders in the World Test Championship, who have lost at home once since 2013, face a long battle to deny England the final two days.
Pant shines in India
Pant hit nine boundaries and five sixes in his entertaining innings
Pants came to the crease at 733-4 and almost immediately introduced Root Leach to bowl to the rough outside the off-stump of the left-hander.
Pants reacted aggressively, as Ben Stokes faced a similar challenge in the England innings.
On the final day of India’s historic historic series win in Australia, the star wicketkeeper-batsman hit a back-to-back six in Leach’s first over in the post-lunch touchdown and repeatedly aimed at the leg.
His innings seemed to have revived the former Conservative Pujara, who played well before his unfortunate dismissal.
At one stage from 6 overs to 0-59 – Leach had a T20-like figure than a Test match.
Pants, eyeing India’s first Test century, eventually drew a lot on a big shot. The base widened the ball and Lech was able to take revenge when the ball moved deeply towards him.
Base and archer step by step
Base has taken two five wickets in his 12 Tests but this is his best performance.
Criticized for leaking runs earlier, he offered control for the most part, especially after lunch with Kohli and Pujara in a key passage.
He is also in good health to take wickets with bad balls. Rahane tossed the whole ball to give his great catch and Pujar Frick was dismissed and the base benefited.
Anderson calmed down abnormally and Archer penetrated with the new ball.
He bowled fast but showed that he is also a very efficient bowler by moving from the pitch with fast cuts.
In addition to removing Gill, he left Rohit Sharma behind with a ball rising from behind the length in five overs.
They have been Archer’s first five overs in red-ball cricket since August without ending the recent tour of Sri Lanka.
‘Three days of perfect Test cricket’ – response
Former England captain Michael Vaughan said: “From England’s point of view, three-day Test cricket has been perfect. You can’t play better if Joffra misses a catch.
“It’s been a great three days but there’s still a lot left in this game. If India can get another 80 or 100 in another session, it will take a lot more time.”
England spinner Dom Base, speaking on Channel 4: “I was trying to take it to a spot and try to create pressure for a long time and I thought Kohli’s dismissal had barely happened.
“I wasn’t trying to say any magic ball and I wanted to make sure my line and length were missing and I was just hitting the box. It went a little longer than the rest.”
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