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IND vs ENG: With a brilliant 179 not out, Yashasvi Jaiswal helps India take the early lead over England in the Vizag Test

<p>Yashasvi Jaiswal, 22, played with poise and elegance on the first day of the 2nd Test against England in Visakhapatnam on Friday, February 02, displaying the expertise of an experienced hitter. Yashasvi, who went on and made the most of a solid start to make a magnificent hundred, seemed to be the only batsman in the Indian top six who had learned from the gaffe that had cost India the series opener in Hyderabad.</p>
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<p>Yashasvi Jaiswal helped India deliver the much-needed opening blow to England as the hosts went to stumps at 336 for 6, playing an almost chanceless innings as he concluded the day with xxx off xxx balls. On a hot and muggy first day in Visakhapatnam, England, fielding four spinners and the experienced James Anderson, bowled as much as 93 overs since their over-rate was spot on.</p>
<p><strong>Highlights of the First Test Day 1 of IND vs ENG</strong></p>
<p>On a conventionally spin-friendly field in Vizag, England was the team that showed more patience, so they continued to chip away. Only Yashasvi Jaiswal put up the effort and did not give up, as six other batters reached double figures before leaving for the pavilion.</p>
<p>Knowing that the surface will not shift much for the opening three days, Ben Stokes and England were content to wait it out on Friday.</p>
<p>India had a great chance to bat England out of the match with a massive total, but having so many players in their 20s and 30s might ultimately come back to bite them.</p>
<p>Kevin Pietersen said, “I would give the day in favour of England 100 percent,” emphasizing the Indian hitters’ missed opportunity.</p>
After a thrilling victory in the first Test match of the series in Hyderabad, England was full of confidence going into the second Test. However, they had to work hard on Day 1 at the Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium as Yashasvi Jaiswal held the Indian innings together on a good pitch for batters.</p>
<p>With Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and Ravindra Jadeja out of the picture for the second Test, all eyes were on India’s inexperienced batting line. When Rohit Sharma won the toss and chose to bat on Friday morning, supporters and detractors were eager to see how the batters would respond. India seemed surprised by England’s ‘Bazball’ strategy in the first Test match, and they alternated between being aggressive and being cautious in Hyderabad a week ago.</p>
<p>But both Yashavi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma left the field with a definite strategy in hand, informing the England bowlers that they were prepared to exercise patience and refrain from going for everything in the opening session, as they had done in Hyderabad.</p>
<p>Yashasvi Jaiswal skillfully combined prudence and aggressiveness to record his second century-plus total in Test cricket, demonstrating his steely drive to not give up as he did on 80 in the previous innings. Yashasvi, who was only in his sixth Test match, smashed 17 boundaries and five sixes because he understood when to attack and when to respect the other bowlers.</p>
<p>Yashasvi Jaiswal scored 150 runs and demonstrated his rapid learning curve. The Indian team, led by head coach Rahul Dravid, was ecstatic with the young batsman’s performance. In the first innings of the first Test, India had a chance to turn 430 into a score of 500 or more, but Rahul Dravid had pointed fingers at them, and it had come back to haunt them in Hyderabad.</p>
As Kevin Pietersen said, Rohit Sharma was a little too cautious, and he paid the price when 20-year-old rookie Shoaib Bashir’s ball twisted and kicked against the flow of play, resulting in Ollie Pope catching the India captain at leg-slip. Even though Bashir’s visa was delayed, he was quickly back in action in Vizag, when the youthful spinner took out the captain of India.</p>
<p><strong>Once again, GILL AND IYER FAIL</strong><br />
Shubman Gill wasted another chance to turn a start into a significant knock, which did not assist his case even if some were doubting his position in the team. The youthful batsman, who has been having trouble at No. 3, had more determination than he did in Hyderabad and made good use of his foot to neutralize the spin danger. Nevertheless, James Anderson, who became the oldest bowler to bowl in an Indian Test match, undid Gill on a field that was ideal for batting. The struggling Gill was unable to match Anderson’s skill as the Punjabi batsman jabbed at one and was caught by wicketkeeper Ben Foakes.</p>
<p>Even more scrutinized than Gill, Shreyas Iyer failed once again. Batting at number 27 in the second innings, Iyer, one of the more experienced players in the poor batting lineup, struck a cross-batted shot and was dismissed by Hyderabad hero Tom Hartley. Iyer had a fantastic chance to silence critics at No. 4 by making a noteworthy contribution. The Mumbai hitter has increased his burden on himself, however, since his spot in the team is at stake. Iyer could have to leave when players like Ravindra Jadeja, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli come back unless he makes a big impact in Vizag’s second innings.</p>
<p>In contrast, rookie Rajat Patdiar seemed to be in total charge. Recalling Ajinkya Rahane, the Maharashtra batsman who made his Test debut on Friday, the spectators were shown how to effectively utilize the crease and his feet while facing the spinners. Yashasvi and Patidar put up a 90-run partnership until the rookie was struck out after inside-edging a leg-spinner from Rehan Ahmed.</p>
<p>Yashasvi Jaiswal had strong assistance from Axar Patel, but towards the close of the day’s play, the left-handed batsman lost up his wicket for 27 to Shoaib Bashir.</p>
<p>In the last ten minutes of the game of the day, a local boy named KS Bharat was also guilty of throwing it away after making a thoughtless shot that went directly into the point fielder’s hands.</p>

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