Updated January 25th, 2024 at 13:43 IST

WATCH | Axar Patel leaves Jonny Bairstow searching for answers with BOSS-level delivery in 1st Test

Axar Patel displayed excellent bowling skill as he dismissed Jonny Bairstow with a superb delivery during the second session of Day 1.

Reported by: Aryan Suraj Chadha
Axar Patel dismisses Jonny Bairstow | Image:X/screengrab

The Indian cricket team is now playing England in their first Test match of five in Hyderabad. England won the toss and decided to bat first. England reached 143/6 in 45.3 overs at the end of the first session of their 1st innings, opting to bat in the ongoing Test against India. Ben Stokes stands at 10* (35) and Rehan Ahmed at 4* (8). Ashwin and Patel picked two wickets each for India.

3 things you need to knowย 

  • India vs England is currently underwayย 
  • England won the toss and opted to batย 
  • England currently stand at 144/6ย  after lunch in the second session

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Axar Patel dismisses Jonny Bairstow in style

During the second session of Day 1 of India's inaugural Test against England, Axar Patel, the excellent left-arm spinner, produced a crucial breakthrough for India by removing Jonny Bairstow with an immaculate delivery.


Bairstow seemed insightful in his assessment of the Indian spinners' line and length, forming a key 61-run combination with Joe Root while radiating confidence at the crease. However, India needed something spectacular to destabilize this developing coalition, and Axar Patel stepped up to the occasion admirably. Patel used the conventional left-arm spinner's delivery from around the wicket, landing on the middle and leg, inducing just enough rotation to elude Bairstow's defence and remove the off stump from its moorings.

This dismissal continued Axar Patel's domination over Jonny Bairstow in Test cricket, as he had already dismissed the English batsman twice during England's last Test trip to India in 2021.


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India vs England: 1st Test Playing XI

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Srikar Bharat(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj


England (Playing XI): Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes(c), Ben Foakes(w), Rehan Ahmed, Tom Hartley, Mark Wood, Jack Leach


Published January 25th, 2024 at 13:41 IST