Last Update on: July 2nd, 2022 at 12:31 pm
India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja did his trademark sword-swinging celebration as he reached an important half-century on day one of the ongoing Edgbaston Test match against England. India leads the series 2-1 and needs a draw or a win here to register their fourth Test series win in England. England captain Ben Stokes had won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Jasprit Bumrah, who is making his captaincy debut in this match, becoming the 36th Indian to captain the team in Tests, revealed that the team management had opted for four pacers and one spinner in Ravindra Jadeja, over R Ashwin.
England bowlers put India batters under pressure from the start as cloud cover aided swing and seam with the new ball. Shubman Gill was the first wicket to fall to James Anderson for 17, who also accounted for Cheteshwar Pujara for 13.
Matthew Potts then sprang into action and removed Hanuma Vihari for 20 runs and then took out the big wicket of Virat Kohli, who had played 19 balls for his 11 runs with two boundaries.
Potts delivered a ball near the off stump and Virat Kohli first tried to play at it and then tried to leave it at the last minute. Kohli only managed to inside edge the ball onto his leg stump and had to walk back leaving India at 71/4.
It soon turned to 98/5 as Shreyas Iyer couldn’t withstand the short ball barrage by James Anderson and was out caught behind for 15. Then Ravindra Jadeja joined Rishabh Pant in the middle.
Ravindra Jadeja Does His Sword Celebration After Reaching Fifty
The duo started off cautiously, but then grew in confidence and Rishabh Pant especially hammered the England bowlers everywhere in Birmingham. He reached his century in 89 balls and was shortly followed by Jadeja completing his Test fifty in 109 balls.
Here is how Ravindra Jadeja celebrated his fifty:
It's Sir Jadeja's turn to raise the bat ✨
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