EIGHT wickets to spin and England all out for 205. Sometimes, scorecards don’t reflect the true story. That was the case on the first day of the fourth Test in Ahmedabad.
Despite all the noise surrounding the pitch and it possibly being a rank turner, it didn’t behave as one expected it to. Drafting in a second spinner in Dom Bess and an extra batsman in Dan Lawrence, Joe Root & Co. thought they had read the pitch correctly. However, twice in two games the visiting team did not make use of winning the toss and batting first.
It was once again a lack of application that has put England in trouble. With India trailing by just 181 runs at the end of the day’s play with nine wickets in hand, defending a below-par total with just three specialist bowlers might not work in the visitors’ favour.
Unlike the last two Tests, the pitch had something in it for the pacers. It seamed both ways, had good carry apart from offering some turn that one expects in these parts.
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