Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja turned the tide for India against England
At stumps on the first day of the fifth and final Test for the Pataudi Trophy 2021 being played against England at Southampton on Friday, India was in a commanding position of 338/7 thanks to a stunning century from Rishabh Pant and his 222-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja.
As India rallied from a critical position of 98/5 in the first innings of the deciding Test match of the five-game series, wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant of India hit 146 while Ravindra Jadeja stayed unbeaten on 83 not out. Together, they defeated a revitalised England.
England’s bowlers made their captain’s choice to bowl first after winning the toss appear to be a perfect one by preventing India’s batting lineup from getting off to a good start. When India’s new opening combination of Shubman Gill (17) and Cheteshwar Pujara (13) were removed, James Anderson played a key role in giving his team an early edge.
India had to adjust their batting lineup without Rohit Sharma, which required Cheteshwar Pujara to move up from her normal spot at No. 3 and the reliable Hanuma Vihari to take over at No. 3.
The new England fast bowler Matthew Potts took over to dismiss Virat Kohli (11) and Hanuma Vihari for 20. None of these batsmen, though, gave the scorers much of a challenge.
As far as the play on the first day of this match is concerned, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja both shown incredible talents, discipline, and commitment in a well-crafted combination for the sixth wicket to add another 222 runs for India.