If you were an hour late to catch up on Day 2 action of the pink-ball Test between India and England in Ahmedabad, chances are you might not have believed what the scorecard was telling you. India started the day in a dominant position as they resumed at 99 for 3 after having bowled out England for 112 on the opening day.
India and their fans would have looked at a minimum of 100-run lead, given the way they played in the 3rd innings of the 2nd Test in Chennai. However, that was not meant to be as things unraveled rather quickly.
England and their captain Joe Root had big smiles on their faces as they headed back to the dressing room having wrapped up the Indian innings in less than 2 hours on Thursday in a frenetic first session. India batsmen were going back to the hut without troubling the scorers much at an alarming rate as the England captain got the visitors right back into the contest, something that looked improbable at the start of the day.
Watched by fans in disbelief at the world's biggest cricket venue, the Narendra Modi Stadium, India suffered a batting collapse of epic proportion as they went from 98 for 2 to 145-all out.
Joe Root finished his spell with figures of 5 for 8, Root ran through the Indian batting order with fine support from Jack Leach, who got the two big wickets to trigger the collapse. Leach got it going for England by removing Ajinkya Rahane in just the 6th over of the day.
Rohit managed to add only 9 runs to his overnight score as he was dismissed by Jack Leach for the 4th time in this series.
Then started the Root show. The England captain brought himself on the attack early on Day 2 as they did not pick a specialist second spinner. Root delivered the ball, removing Rishabh Pant as early as his first over. He then came back and removed Washington Sundar and Axar Patel for 0 in the same over.
He then got the big wicket of R Ashwin who was looking to stretch India's lead. Ashwin was disappointed with himself as he threw his wicket away for 17 when trying to sweep the England captain to the fence.
Ishant Sharma then provided the resistance that India were probably looking from one of their most established batsmen. Ishant, in fact, went on to hit his first international six in his 100th Test when he hit Jack Leach over the long-off boundary. Ishant remained unbeaten on 10 before Root finished off the Indian innings by getting his 5th wicket, trapping Jasprit Bumrah in front.
Root's 8 for 5 is now the most economical spell with a 5-wicket haul for a spinner in Test cricket and the most economical 5-wicket haul by an England bowler. He also became the first England captain to pick up a 5-wicket haul since Bob Willis in 1983.