'Spectacular comeback by England, credit to Pope and Hartley'- Fans react as England defeats India in Hyderabad Test

England won the Hyderabad thanks to superb performances by Ollie Pope and Tom Hartley to take a 1-0 lead in the long, 5-match series. India will now be desperate to make a comeback in Viskhapatnam.

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Ollie Pope and Tom Hartley emerged as the heroes of England's unprecedented win in Hyderabad.

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England snatched a sensational victory over India in the first Test in Hyderabad today, thanks to a masterful six-wicket haul from spin bowler Tom Hartley. The 28-run win gives England a crucial early lead in the four-match series and sets the stage for an intriguing battle ahead.

Chasing a modest target of 231, India looked comfortable at 42-0, with Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal providing a stable start. However, Hartley turned the tide in a stunning spell, claiming three wickets in quick succession to put the hosts on the back foot. He dismissed Sharma, Jaiswal and Shubman Gill, all three big wickets.

With the momentum shifting, KL Rahul (22), Shreyas Iyer (13) and Axar Patel (17) offered brief resistance, but Hartley wasn't done yet. He got rid of Patel while Joe Root and Jack Leach took care of the other two batters. Kona Srikar Bharat and Ravichandran Ashwin then fought extremely hard, making 28 each but Hartley once again disturbed India's momentum to seal the deal. The rest of the innings was wrapped up in just some time to hand England a famous victory, one that they will cherish for a long time.

"The greatest innings by a visiting batter"

Earlier, England were dismissed for 420 in their second innings, with Ollie Pope top-scoring with a truly wonderful 196, for which, he was adjudged the player-of-the-match. The victory was a remarkable comeback for England, who had been struggling earlier in the match. Captain Ben Stokes hailed Pope's performance as "the greatest innings ever played in the subcontinent by an English batter," also calling it the greatest triumph under his leadership. 

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, on the other hand, acknowledged the disappointment and cited the loss to a collective team failure. Like Stokes, he too doffed his hat to Pope's glorious innings, referring to it as one of the best innings that he has seen in India,by an overseas batter.

Here's a look at how 'X-verse' reacted to England's outstanding performance: 

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