Rahul and Jadeja Propel India to Dominance in Opening Test Against England

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Dominant Day for India as Jadeja and Rahul Shine

Jadeja’s Unbeaten 81 Guides India to 421-7
Ravindra Jadeja’s unbeaten innings of 81, coupled with KL Rahul’s solid 86, propelled India to a commanding position at 421-7. The dynamic duo forged a significant partnership of 65 for the fifth wicket, showcasing India’s dominance on the day.

Axar Patel Joins Forces with Jadeja
Left-handed Axar Patel, batting on 35, partnered with Jadeja in a 63-run stand as the day concluded. Their collaboration added to the Indian team’s strong performance.

Rahul’s Assured Knock Sets the Tone
KL Rahul’s confident innings, featuring eight fours and two sixes, anchored India’s charge. His notable partnership with Jadeja and earlier stand with Hartley propelled the hosts on a positive trajectory.

Jadeja’s Fifty and Celebration
Post-tea, Jadeja reached his fifty, celebrating with his trademark sword wave in front of an enthusiastic crowd exceeding 25,000, boosted by the Republic Day holiday.

Wickets Fall in the Final Session
Despite the overall dominance, India lost two wickets in the final session. Ravichandran Ashwin was run out for one after a mix-up, contributing to England’s efforts in a grinding day that saw Root and debutant Tom Hartley each take two wickets.

Early Losses for India, Recovery Attempts
India faced early setbacks with the dismissals of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill in the first hour. Jaiswal added four to his overnight score before falling to spinner Root, while Gill’s loose shot resulted in a catch at mid-wicket.

Hartley’s Impact and England’s “Bazball” Approach
Debutant Tom Hartley, despite a challenging start to Test cricket, made an impact with crucial wickets. England, opting for an attacking “Bazball” strategy, had earlier managed 246 in their first innings, led by skipper Ben Stokes’ 70.

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