Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin shared seven wickets between them, as India gained the upper hand at the end of Day 1 of the fourth test at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
England made two changes in the playing XI by playing Dan Lawrence and Dom Bess in place of Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer. On the other hand India included Mohammed Siraj in place of Jasprit Bumrah who had gone home.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, England openers Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley fell cheaply to local boy Axar Patel.
Siraj in the 13th over got into the act by claiming the vital wicket of English skipper Joe Root leg before wicket for 5 runs, leaving the visitors in a spot of bother at 30/3.
Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow steadied the ship with a 48 run stand for the fourth wicket before the latter was trapped in front by the 26 year old Siraj.
Stokes along with Ollie Pope put on 43 runs with the former reaching his second half century of the series. England all rounder looked good in his innings of 55, before he was dismissed LBW to Washington Sundar.
Pope and Dan Lawrence added 45 runs for the sixth wicket before the former was caught at short leg by Shubman Gill off Ravi Ashwin. Lawrence after scoring a fighting 46 was stumped by wicket keeper Rishabh Pant off Axar Patel.
Ashwin and Axar ran through the lower order of the visitors as they were bowled out for 205 runs.
Left arm spinner Axar Patel was India’s best bowler with figures of 4/68, while the 34 year old Ashwin claimed 3 wickets.
India’s innings started disastrously with young Shubman Gill falling for a third ball duck off Jimmy Anderson.
Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara ensured that the hosts did not lose any further wickets as they finished on 24/1, still trailing by further 181 runs.
Stumps as the end of Day 1 England – 205 (Ben Stokes 55, Dan Lawrence 46; Axar Patel 4/68), India – 24/1 (Cheteshwar Pujara 15*, Rohit Sharma 8*; James Anderson 1/0) trailing by 181 runs.