Axar Patel’s family used to put up a giant screen at his hometown Nadiad, around an hour’s drive from Ahmedabad, whenever he featured in a televised match. Playing a Test at the home of Gujarat cricket for the first time, the left-arm spinner derailed England batting to hog the limelight on Wednesday, the first day of the third Test.
Axar’s six-wicket haul – his second fifer in as many Test appearances – ensured England squandered the advantage of winning the toss on a turning track for the pink-ball Test. The visiting side folded for a paltry 112 in less than two sessions.
Opening batsman Rohit Sharma continued his silken touch with the willow. His unbeaten fifty helped India end the day at 99 for three at the Narendra Modi Stadium, renamed from the Sardar Patel (Gujarat) Stadium minutes before the start of the match.
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