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Akshar Patel took 6 wickets for 38 runs on the first day of the day-night test.
India’s left-arm spinner Akshar Patel took 6 wickets for 38 runs on the first day of the day-night Test against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera. Akshar has taken 5 or more wickets in Tests for the second consecutive time. With this superb bowling of Axar, India piled on England’s first innings 112. After the first day’s play ended, Akshar said that the ball was skidding here more than in Chennai. His goal was to bowl wicket to wicket, in which he succeeded.
The batsmen became more aggressive due to T20
After the first day’s play was over, Akshar said that when things are happening in your favor, it needs to be redeemed. My aim was to keep the ball wicket to wicket and use the help from the wicket. Ball skid was not happening in Chennai, but it is happening here. A speed of 85–90 km is a good speed. Due to the presence of a lot of T20 cricket, it has an impact on the Test and also the batsmen are more aggressive.
Ball was skidding in Motera more than Chennai
Akshar said that pink ball has more brightness. So it was skidding after being pitched. The spinners got more help from Chennai here. He said that I did not expect to take 6 wickets on the first day itself. However, my confidence was boosted after taking 5 wickets in the second Test. I knew that if the pitch supported, I could put the batsmen in trouble.
The ball did not turn much, bowling in the line of stumps
Akshar said that if the batsman is making a good defense, then you go to the backfoot in your mind. At the same time, if he is not able to defend well and is going for sweep and reverse-sweep then you think there is going to be a chance and you can take wickets. Akshar said that the ball was not turning much, so he and Ashwin bowled in the stumps line.
India scored 99 runs losing 3 wickets on the first day
India have scored 99 for 3 in their first innings till the end of the day’s play after England’s first innings were reduced to 112 in this day-night Test match. India are now only 13 runs behind England’s score, with 7 wickets remaining. Akshar took 5 or more wickets in the second Test in a row. Earlier, he also took 5 wickets in the second innings of the second Test.