England decimated by Indian spin on Day 1

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Skipper Virat Kohli lost the toss in the third Test, thanks to his bowlers, India is firmly in the driver’s seat after Day 1 of the 3rd Test against England.

So telling was their dominance that England were bowled out in 48.4 overs for a paltry 112.

Ishant Sharma, playing his 100th Test, gave India the first breakthrough in the third over of the match with the dismissal of opener Dom Sibley.

Patel then trapped Jonny Bairstow in front of the stumps off his very first ball of the match.

Captain Joe Root then stuck with Zak Crawley as the latter hit a counter-attacking half-century.

However, the pair couldn’t see England through to the end of the session, with Root falling to Ashwin for 17.

Axar Patel was in top form for the home side, bagging six wickets, going one up on his match-winning spell in Chennai.

He dismissed Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Ben Foakes, Archer and Stuart Broad.

Meanwhile, Ashwin accounted for Ollie Pope, Joe Root and Leach. In the process, he became the fourth-highest wicket-taker for India with 599 international wickets, going past Zaheer Khan’s tally of 597.

Rohit Sharma leads Indian reply

In response, India are sitting pretty at 99 for three at stumps, after 33 overs. 

Rohit Sharma, is currently unbeaten at 57 with Ajinkya Rahane on 1.

Shubman Gill was the first Indian wicket to fall. Playing unusually slow, Gill took 27 balls to score his first run and was eventually scalped by Jofra Archer with a short ball.

Pujara fell cheaply to spinner Jack Leach before Rohit built a strong partnership with Virat Kohli, but the Indian captain too, was dismissed by the English spinner.

The series is finely poised at 1-1.

This is also the first international match in this venue since its renovation and also the second Day-Night Test to be held in India.

India 99 for 3 (Rohit 57*, Rahane 1*, Leach 2-27) trail England 112 (Crawley 53, Patel 6-38, Ashwin 3-26) by 13 runs