Left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein made a significant impact in the opening moments of the game, finishing with figures of 2/24 in his allotted four overs. Hosein initiated the proceedings by dismissing Yashasvi Jaiswal on the fifth delivery of the very first over, using deceptive turn and an added touch of bounce, causing the batter to provide a straightforward return catch.
Hosein delivered another blow in the third over, skillfully trapping Gill (9) with a deceptive arm ball that angled into the middle-leg. Gill, attempting a sweep, leaned across his stumps, but the ball skidded through, catching him unmistakably in front of the wickets.
A review could have saved Gill, as television replays revealed that Hosein’s delivery was drifting down the leg-side, and the decision would have been overturned.
The pitch, having been used before, exhibited early grip from the outset, evident from the very first over sent down by Hosein. He continued to trouble the Indian batters consistently throughout the series, leaving a significant impact.