If Rishabh Pant & Ravichandran Ashwin get successful in building a rewarding partnership for India then it would be really beneficial for the hosts to reduce England’s lead & take the commanding position.
Earlier England won the toss on Day 1 & elected to bat first. England had a poor start after losing early wickets. Despite a brilliant half century by Ben Stokes, England was wrapped up for 205 runs. Axar Patel continues his top form by scalping four wickets whereas Ashwin took three wickets. Mohammed Siraj also registered two wickets & Sundar grabbed the crucial wicket of Ben Stokes. India will look forward to build a steady strong partnership on Day 2 & gain a strong lead whereas England will be aiming for scalping quick wickets.