Ind vs Eng 3rd Test Day 1 Highlights : England stumbled to 268 for 8 in the third Test at Mohali during the opening day’s play on Saturday.
This was after the hosts had won the toss and chose to bat first on a Mohali pitch that went against its tradition of producing green surfaces, instead came up with a dry loose wicket ready to take turn from the first day itself.
However, it wasn’t as if all the wickets went to the spinners as Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami caused significant damage sharing three wickets among themselves.
The pitch looks tired already with quite a lot of balls staying low while the odd one is kicking up out of nowhere. It is also aiding reverse swing to make the test match interesting and possibly into a low-scoring affair.
Going into this third Test at Mohali, India made two changes with 24-year-old Karnataka batsman Karun Nair making his test debut, replacing the injured Lokesh Rahul (hamstring) while Parthiv Patel playing his first test after six years after replacing the injured Wriddhiman Saha.
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England made three changes to their team that lost the second test at Vizag with Jos Buttler coming in for Ben Duckett, Chris Woakes for the injured Stuart Broad and off-spinner Gareth Batty for left-arm spinner Zafar Ansari.
There was an early life for England Captain Alastair Cook after Ravindra Jadeja missed out on a flying edge around the fourth slip and gully region. Cook would later on be dropped by R Ashwin at mid wicket.
However, India didn’t have to pay too much for the early blunders in the field. First, Umesh Yadav produced a nasty delivery on good length that kicked up to hit the glove of Haseeb Hameed (9) for an easy catch at gully.
Joe Root was lbw for 15 as he attempted a cross-batted pull off a Jayant Yadav delivery that was never short enough for the shot. Alastair Cook was caught behind for 27 match when he undercut R Ashwin’s first ball of the match.
In the space of seven balls, England lost two of their best batsmen with the score at 51 for 3. Moeen Ali fell in the bouncer trap, top edging a hook off Mohammed Shami to long leg for 16.
The visitors had a disastrous morning session at 92 for 4 in 29 overs. A recovery of sorts came along in the second session before Ben Stokes ruined it by charging down the track and missing a flick across the line to a Ravindra Jadeja delivery outside off.
Comeback man Parthiv Patel continued to be sharp with his glove work as he removed the bails in a flash to send Ben Stokes for 29 to end a 57-run stand for the fifth wicket.
Jos Buttler, the next man in, continued the fight for England alongside Jonny Bairstow. The pair added 69 runs in a little over 25 overs before Jos Buttler (43) threw it away when he failed to keep his drive along the ground off Ravindra Jadeja to be caught at short mid off.
About 15 overs later, India got the prized wicket of Jonny Bairstow (89 from 177 balls with 6 fours) when he was lbw to Jayant Yadav, who struck his pads with a turning ball from round the sticks.
By the close of play, Umesh Yadav with the second new ball got one to stay low and hit the off stump of Chris Woakes (25).