The best thing about yesterday, from England’s point of view, is that it ended. But though it’s a new day it’s the same game, and the tourists are chest-deep in a fetid hole. Today is India’s opportunity to bat them out of the match, out of all hope of series victory, and out, for what it’s worth, of the World Test Championship final. England need an avalanche of wickets, but they need to attack without runs on the board to defend. It’s all, in short, extremely awkward. Here’s Ali Martin’s report on day one, and welcome!
England went into the day-night third Test in Ahmedabad buoyed by the prospect of the pink ball helping their seamers. But come the end of the opening day this optimism had melted away, their batsmen having endured yet another collapse to spin that means India are again the team in full control.
As Joe Root’s players trudged off the field their faces wore wry smiles and their heads were filled with regret. They had earlier been bowled out for a measly 112 in 48.4 overs – Axar Patel, the left-arm spinner, taking six for 38 – and in reply the hosts were within touching distance of parity at 99 for three.
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