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“If Root Bowls, Jaiswal Does Not Get a Hundred”: Kevin Pietersen’s Pre-Match Prophecy Comes True

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<p>On the second day of the first Test in Hyderabad, Yashasvi Jaiswal failed to build on his outstanding start against England. Joe Root, the English part-time spinner, dismissed the hitter. The intriguing thing to notice is that, long before the game commenced, former English captain and batter Kevin Pietersen recommended that his team start with Root.</p>
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<p>Pietersen recommended that Root bowl first so he can generate some spin off the course, which has shown to be a spin-friendly surface from the very beginning. The former English international recommended that the spinners slightly reduce their lengths because of the inconsistent bounce during the pitch report.</p>
<p>Jaiswal intended to go on with his aggressive purpose and where he left off. To score the first runs of the day, he blasted a boundary off the second delivery. However, Root returned strongly with a jumbled delivery that faltered a little. While trying to keep up his enthusiasm, Jaiswal failed to notice the little drop in the ball’s trajectory and mistimed his strike, allowing Root to make the catch. Pietersen also made a prediction during the pre-match program that Jaiswal would not get a century if Root was to open the proceedings, and it’s fair to say that prediction came true.</p>
<p>At the conclusion of Day 1, the young left-hander impressed everyone with his aggressive stroke-play, smashing 80 runs in only 74 deliveries to put India far up in the first Test.</p>
<p>But Pietersen had also cautioned the youthful leadoff hitter to be cautious and keep his attention on the ball. He advised taking his time and approaching it as the beginning of a new inning. However, Jaiswal’s confrontational style caused him to lose out on a well-earned century.</p>
<p>However, India maintains their lead for the first Test thanks to an aggressive strategy that lessens the burden on them to score runs. India scored 150 runs in little over 30 overs, demonstrating that if they can hold onto their wickets, they should be ahead by the end of the day.</p>
<p>The goal for Rohit Sharma’s team is to continue their unbeaten run in home Test series, which began in 2012 when England, then led by Alastair Cook, defeated the Indian team.</p>


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