Birghimgam: England were 83 for the loss of one wicket at lunch on day 1 of the first test against India. Keaton Jenning (38) and Joe Root (31) were at the crease when lunch was taken. The only success India has had in the first session was that of opener Alaistaire Cook who was bowled by the veteran spinner R. AShwin. Chose to bat first after winning the toss, England opener Cook and Jennings started cautiously and put on 26 run. But Ashwin broke the partnership in 9th over with a lovely piece of bowling.
That ball drifted into middle stump, Cook played forward but missed the line. Ball took the outside edge and rammed into the off stump. Earlier, while announcing playing XI Kohli said, “the pitch looks different from last time: the results haven't gone our way before here but we're not a team that carries baggage. We have three fast bowlers, Hardik is the allrounder, Ashwin the offspinner. Five batsmen and Karthik is the keeper. Rahul is in at No. 3, Pujara sits out.”
While rival captain Joe Root said, “Looks a good surface. Some moisture which should burn off, looks good to bat. The preparations have been good, it's time to deliver now. We are have confidence but this is a new game. The selectors gave us good options and I am happy with the personnel we have.”
India: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (capt.), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant SharmaEngland 1 Alastair Cook, 2 Keaton Jennings, 3 Joe Root (capt), 4 Dawid Malan, 5 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Jos Buttler, 8 Adil Rashid, 9 Sam Curran, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson.
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