England strike bowler James Anderson ripped through the visitors top order and openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed both scored fine half centuries as England took complete control at the end of Day 1 of the third test at Headingly.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss for the first time and elected to bat first. They opted to keep faith with the same side that had done the business at Lord’s in the previous test, while England made two changes- opener Dom Sibley making way for Dawid Malan and Craig Overton coming in for the injured Mark Wood.
The visitors got off to a disastrous start as they lost the in form KL Rahul in the very first over to Anderson for a duck. The veteran fast bowler also sent back Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli back to the hut in a superb first spell (8-5-6-3) to leave India reeling at 21/3.
Rohit Sharma and vice captain Ajinkya Rahane added 35 runs for the fourth wicket before the latter fell to Ollie Robinson at the stroke of lunch.
Rishabh Pant fell soon after the break, edging one to Buttler. Interestingly enough, India’s first five wickets were all caught behind by Buttler- a rarity in test cricket.
Rohit became newcomer Overton’s first wicket of the game as he perished to a short delivery after scoring a 105-ball 19.
Mohammed Shami, who had scored a fine 56 at Lords, fell for a first ball duck as he edged a Overton delivery to Burns at slips.
Sam Curran then trapped Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah LBW off consecutive deliveries as India were reduced to 67/9, losing four wickets without the addition of a run after having been five down on the same score (67) at one stage. They were eventually bowled out for a paltry total of 78, only managing to bat 40.4 overs.
England then responded with a superb unbeaten opening partnership- 120 in 42 overs, with Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed on 52 & 60 respectively.
Stumps at the End of Day 1
India- 78 all out. ( Rohit Sharma 19, Ajinkya Rahane 18. James Anderson 3/6, Craig Overton 3/14) vs England 120/0. ( Burns 52*, Haseeb Hameed 60*) lead by 48 runs.