England’s captain, Ben Stokes, displayed resilience in the first innings of the opening Test against India, crafting a gritty 70 on a challenging surface in Hyderabad. The decision to bat first seemed promising as England sailed past 50 without losing a wicket. However, India’s spinners disrupted their rhythm, triggering a downfall.
Ben Stokes entered the fray at 6 after Jonny Bairstow’s dismissal and took charge amid the middle and lower-order struggles. Navigating through the complexities of the pitch, Stokes played a pivotal role in guiding England beyond the 200-run mark. His fifty, punctuated by a six off Ravindra Jadeja, showcased his determination.
Collaborating with debutant Tom Hartley (23) and Mark Wood (11), Stokes orchestrated crucial partnerships. Yet, Jasprit Bumrah had the final say, dismissing Stokes after Tea. The skipper’s attempt to negotiate the over was thwarted by a clever reverse swinging delivery from Jasprit Bumrah.
Here is the video of the dismissal of Ben Stokes:
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In the 65th over, facing Jasprit Bumrah, Stokes found himself outfoxed as the seaming ball beat his outside edge and crashed into the stumps. Even Stokes acknowledged the brilliance of the delivery, appreciating Bumrah’s skill with a smile.
India’s bowling attack primarily relied on spin, with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja both claiming three wickets, while Axar Patel contributed with two. Jasprit Bumrah chipped in with a couple as India bundled out England for 246. Mohammed Siraj remained wicketless in his four overs, conceding 28 runs.
Stokes, having won the toss, chose to bat in the challenging conditions of Hyderabad. His battling innings played a crucial role in England’s efforts to post a competitive total on the board.