Ashwin, Jadeja strike as England struggling at 102/3

england-strugglingSpin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja removed top-order batsmen even as England managed to reach 102 for three at lunch on the first day of the first cricket Test against England at Rajkot.

The visiting team, who won the toss and opted to bat in the maiden Test hosted by this city, lost captain Alastair Cook for 21 and debutant Haseeb Hameed for 31 on either side of the drinks break.

The tourists then lost left-hander Ben Duckett (13) who was dismissed right at the stroke of lunch becoming Ashwin’s second victim.

Joe Root was the unbeaten batsman on 35 during his 55-minute stay at the crease.

Off-spinner Ashwin accounted for the wickets of Hameed, whose dismissal also brought into play the Decision Review System (DRS) for the first ever time in a Test match played in this country, and Duckett, who had hit him for three boundaries in an earlier over.

Home town boy and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja had earlier given India the first break at 47 by earning successfully a shout for leg before wicket against England skipper Alastair Cook.

Off the third ball of the series, Ajinkya Rahane put down India’s scourge and rival captain Cook off Shami at gully after getting both palms wrapped around the ball by diving to his right.

Then it was the turn of Murali Vijay to let off debutant and right hander Hameed at first slip, a low catch, off Yadav when the teenage opener was 13 in a score of 24.

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