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R Ashwin and Axar Patel are the only two spinners in the past 100 years to take a wicket with the first ball of an innings.

Axar Patel starred with the ball as India defeated England by 317 runs in the second Test at the Chepauk Stadium. The 27-year-old all-rounder, who received his debut Test cap in Chennai, successfully lived up to the hype for his team as he picked up a five-wicket haul against Joe Root-led side in the second innings.

Axar, who replaced Shahbaz Nadeem in the second match, on Tuesday became the ninth Indian player to take a fifer on a Test debut. He is now only the second left-arm spinner after Dilip Doshi to scalp five wickets in his first Test match.

Resuming the day at 53/3, England batsmen were unable to put any fight against the Indian bowlers barring experienced all-rounder Moeen Ali, who played an impressive knock of 43 runs off 18 balls. Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar made sure that no noticeable partnership blossomed in the middle.

Chasing a monumental target of 482 runs, England were bowled out for 164 on Day 4 of the second Test with the hosts levelled up the four-match series at 1-1.

“It was a good experience, to get a five-wicket haul on debut is special. As Kuldeep Yadav said, there was much happening on the pitch,” Axar said after the conclusion of the game.

“It was about varying your speed and I just kept doing it. Forced the batsman to make mistakes. On the first day itself, it was turning. So, we bowled tight lines and got the rewards,” he added.

The third Test will be a day-night match which is set to take place from February 24 at the newly-renovated Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad.

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