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India vs England, 3rd Test, Day 1, Highlights: Visitors end day at 268/8

  • That's it from me today. Do join us tomorrow for Day 2. 

  • Catch our cricket expert Ayaz Memon reviewing the Day's play of the third Test. 

  • Umesh Yadav: I was just working on my line and length with Sanjay (Bangar) and Anil (Kumble). They just tell me to do what I need to do, they work on my bowling and I think I am getting better. I just wanted to bowl the right line and length.

    (When asked about dropped catches) It happens in cricket, we take some fine catches at times, other times - we let simple ones go. OK for me, I am not greatly affected by it. We were trying to hit the right areas, my strength is to bowl inswingers, I just try and bowl consistent line and lengths. My plan is simple, matches, practice and focus on what I want to do, play to my areas of strength, I just want to keep learning, how to bowl in pressure situations.

  • Stumps, Day 1: India's day began on a disappointing note after Cook was dropped twice. However, they bounced back with Umesh removing Hameed. And poor shots from Root and Cook saw them taking the long walk back to the pavilion in back-to-back overs. However, Jonny Bairstow lead England's fightback with his 89. But Jayant Yadav trapped the English batsman 6 overs before stumps and Umesh castled Woakes in the second last over. Can the visitors go past the 300-run mark or will India bundle them out before it? 

  • Watch our cricket expert Ayaz Memon in the Firstpost Gameplan shortly discussing the day's play. 

  • OUT! Umesh castles Woakes for 25 just before stumps. Woakes b U Yadav 25(70) 

  • India take the second new ball in the 87th over. Stay tuned as our cricket expert Ayaz Memon will analyse the day's play on Firstpost Gameplan after stumps. 

  • After 84 overs,England 258/7 ( Chris Woakes 19, Adil Rashid 0)

    Ashwin fires one down Bairstow's leg-side, which eventually runs away to the boundary, to bring up the 250 for England. Earlier, Kohli decided against opting for the second new ball straight away, and has deployed Ashwin and Jayant in tandem at the moment. 

    Parthiv Patel doesn't do much justice to his selection by dropping a chance that could have seen the back of Bairstow for 89 off Jayant's bowling. The off-spinner though, eventually gets his victim by trapping the prolific wicketkeeper-batsman lbw. Bairstow's review goes against him, as England lose their seventh wicket with 258 on board.

    OUT! Jonny Bairstow lbw Jayant Yadav 89(177)

  • After 80 overs,England 241/6 ( Jonny Bairstow (W) 81 , Chris Woakes 14)

    The Indians use the DRS for the first time in this match after a huge lbw appeal by Jadeja against Bairstow is turned down by the umpire. With less than four overs left for the reviews to get reset, Kohli goes for the review instantly, only for hawkeye to show a big gap between the leg-stump and the ball.


    Couple of close calls for a stumping and a run-out thereafter, with the hosts starting to exert pressure on Bairstow and Woakes now. Meanwhile, the second new ball will be available for India at the end of the 80th over, with the reviews getting reset. 

  • After 76 overs,England 230/6 ( Jonny Bairstow (W) 72 , Chris Woakes 13)

    Umesh replaces Shami to come into the attack. Woakes drives Umesh past point for a four in the 76th over.

  • After 72 overs,England 221/6 ( Jonny Bairstow (W) 71 , Chris Woakes 5)

    Jadeja breaks the partnership by dismissing Buttler for 43. Woakes comes out at the centre to replace him. A huge appeal from Shami, but the umpire turns it down. India who haven't used any reviews so far in the match opt against DRS. Good decision, even though the hawk-eye suggests that it would've hit the stumps, the umpire's call would've stayed.

  • OUT! Soft dismissal. Buttler hits it straight to Kohli at extra cover. The England batsman would be kicking himself to miss out on a much deserved fifty. Buttler c Kohli b Jadeja 43(80) 

  • After 67 overs,England 212/5 ( Jonny Bairstow (W) 69 , Jos Buttler 42)

    Jadeja and Shami have kept things tight for the initial five overs. Not a single boundary, 7 off the last 30 balls. 

  • India vs England: Jonny Bairstow's rescue act puts visitors at 205/5 at tea - Firstpost

    England staged a resilient comeback in the second session of the day, lead by Jonny Bairstow., and are 205/5 at tea on day 1.

    http://www.firstpost.com

  • Bairstow and Buttler are back on the field for the third session of Day 1. Jadeja to bowl the first over post tea. 

  • India vs England, 3rd Test: KL Rahul's last-minute injury pull-out shows BCCI's absence of process - Firstpost

    The conflicting reports of KL Rahul's injury clearly indicate that transparency is very low in the Board of Control for Cricket in India's scheme of things.

    http://www.firstpost.com

  • Our cricket expert Ayaz Memon reviews the second session of Day 1.

  • Tea, Day 1: Jonny Bairstow consistent run continues and he has lead England's fightback. The visitors lost only one wicket, that of Stokes. Umesh Yadav bowled his heart out but was unlucky. Anyways, stay tuned as our cricket expert Ayaz Memon reviews the second session. 

  • 200 comes up for England after Buttler drives Jadeja through covers. Bairstow and Buttler look comfortable at the crease and are untroubled. What should India do to break this partnership? Stay tuned as our cricket expert Ayaz Memon inspects the second session of Day 1 in a short while. 

  • Buttler drives Shami to covers to bring up the fifty run stand between him and Bairstow. 

  • After 56 overs,England 182/5 ( Jonny Bairstow (W) 62 , Jos Buttler 19)

    Buttler guides Umesh's delivery to third man for a four.Luck has not favoured Umesh at all this series. Despite bowling his heart out, he has not featured in the wickets column regularly. Buttler's edge falls in between the first and the second slip and runs away for a boundary! A busy 9th over for Jayant, 7 off it and some drama. Buttler hits it straight to the offie and the bowler has a shy at the stumps. The decision goes upstairs but third umpire Dharmasena declares him not out.

    If there's one spell which deserves a wicket, it has to this from Umesh. Unplayable delivery to Bairstow really! The ball beats the batsman, stumps, Parthiv and runs away for four legbyes.

  • After 52 overs,England 157/5 ( Jonny Bairstow (W) 58 , Jos Buttler 2)

    Ashwin bowls a tossed up delivery to tempt Bairstow and the batsman goes for drive and in the process his foot comes out of the crease. Parthiv Patel who has had a good game so far, has not only missed a stumping but dropped a tough catch of Bairstow. Umesh Yadav comes into the attack, remember he dismissed Bairstow in the first innings of second Test and Kohli would be hoping for a similar ball from him. Buttler has been cautious so far in his innings.

  • After 46 overs,England 150/5 ( Jonny Bairstow (W) 54 , Jos Buttler 0)

    Just when it seemed like England have steadied their innings, Stokes falls. Poor shot selections have cost the visitors, same was the case with Stokes. Meanwhile, Bairstow scores another half-century with four. Team 150 also comes up in the 46th over. Stay tuned for for Ayaz Memon’s live analysis of the second session of play right here in this live blog at tea. 

  • FIFTY! Bairstow brings up the milestone with a four to third man. It's his 13th Test half-century and second of the series.

  • OUT! Stokes comes down the ground, misses it completely as Parthiv Patel does the rest and stumps him out. Oh hold on, a bit of verbal exchange between Stokes and Kohli, the Indian captain doesn't look happy. The umpire pacifies both of them. Nonetheless, a much needed breakthrough. Stokes st Parthiv Patel b Jadeja 29(59) 

  • After 41 overs,England 138/4 ( Jonny Bairstow (W) 44 , Ben Stokes 27)

    Ashwin comes back into the attack but the runs have not dried up. So fast is the outfield that "If it goes past the inner circle, don't bother chasing it," has been the story so far. Bairstow and Stokes have already stitched together a 50-run stand. 

  • Stokes and Bairstow complete 50-run partnership in the 41st over. 

  • After 35 overs,England 123/4 ( Jonny Bairstow (W) 34 , Ben Stokes 22)

    India bring Jadeja into the attack after lunch. Jeez, just as drops, overthrows have followed the hosts in all the Tests. Jayant's throw on the stumps hits Stokes on his arm and beats the fielder who was backing up. Wonder what our cricket expert Ayaz Memon has to say about India's sloppy fielding in his live analysis right here in this live blog after tea.

    Bairstow and Stokes, who have had a brilliant 2016 as a pair, are at the crease. As fluent as it gets, tossed up delivery by Jadeja and Bairstow strides forward and drives it through covers for a boundary. Unlucky! Stokes' edged shot runs away for a four, but the southpaw follows it up with a flick to mid-on for another boundary. England have scored at a decent rate without taking any risks post lunch. 

  • Stokes flicks it to mid wicket off Shami and runs two to bring up England's 100. 

  • Stokes flicks it to mid wicket off Shami and runs two to bring up England's 100. 

  • The players are back on the field after lunch. India introduce Jadeja into the attack. A crucial sessio for England, one that they must look to grind out without losing a wicket. 

  • India vs England, 3rd Test: Visitors stumble after winning toss, crawl to 92/4 at lunch - Firstpost

    England were 92 for four at lunch on the opening day of the third Test against India in Mohali on Saturday.

    http://www.firstpost.com

  • India vs England, 3rd Test: Hosts redeem squandered chances, restrict visitors to 92/4

    India were in a position of strength at lunch on Day 1 of the third Test against England at Mohali, reducing the latter to 92 for 4 after losing the toss earlier that morning.

    http://www.firstpost.com

  • Our cricket expert Ayaz Memon analysing the first session of the 3rd Test. 

  • Lunch, Day 1: India dominate the first session. Despite the dropped catches and sloppy fielding, the hosts have managed to control the first session. Hameed fell to extra bounce, while experienced campaigners Root and Cook got out to poor shots. Kohli has been active on the ground with constant field changes and his decision to bring Shami into the attack worked wonders as he dismissed Moeen. Stay tuned for the analysis from our cricket expert Ayaz Memon. 

  • England certainly have failed to build on the much talked 'toss advantage'.

  • OUT! The great session for India continues and everything that Kohli is doing seems to be working. Shami bowls it short and Moeen pulls it as shouts of "catch it, pakad le," erupt from the Indian fielders. Murali Vijay runs in from fine leg and catches it calmly. Moeen Ali c Vijay b Shami 16(45)

  • Mohammed Shami comes back into the attack and beats Moeen Ali on the very first ball. 

  • Mohammed Shami comes back into the attack and beats Moeen Ali on the very first ball. 

  • After 24 overs,England 80/3 ( Moeen Ali 15 , Jonny Bairstow (W) 14)

    England, especially Moeen Ali has started counter attacking. After bowling four maidens, Jayant leaked 10 runs in his fifth. Three doubles, and Bairstow scored a boundary with a beautiful cover drive on the last ball. Gutsy! Moeen makes brilliant use of feet and lofts Jayant over mid-on. Jayant persists with his flighted deliveries, Moeen however sends the next ball over the long-off fence. 

  • After 19 overs,England 54/3 ( Moeen Ali 1 , Jonny Bairstow (W) 2)

    Poor choice of shots from England post drinks and they have been punished duly. First Root fell to Jayant, than Cook followed him as Ashwin had him caught out for 27. England have rebuilding to do, with Moeen and Bairstow at the crease. Meanwhile, Jayant has bowled four maidens. His spell so far: 4-4-0-1

  • Oh, yes! 

Preview: A confident India will be looking to extend their 1-0 lead against England in the third Test match of the current five-game series at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) IS Bindra Cricket Stadium.

With first blood drawn by the hosts in the second Test at Visakhapatnam after drawing the first match in Rajkot, India will look to carry forward their performance to take an 2-0 lead.

The build-up of the match has been shadowed by India skipper Virat Kohli's alleged ball tampering controversy.

Virat Kohli and Alastair Cook. AP

Virat Kohli and Alastair Cook. AP

A British tabloid recently published images of Kohli allegedly applying saliva to shine the ball after chewing on some sticky substance during the first Test at Rajkot.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) didn't take any action as the incident wasn't reported by the match referee or the umpires. England also didn't lodge any official complaints about the incident.

Kohli has brushed aside the allegations, saying the controversy was created to shift the focus away from the match.

"This is just to take focus away from series, to me newspaper article doesn't matter over ICC's decision," Kohli told reporters here on Friday.

"I don't read newspapers, was told five days later that such things happened, I just laughed it off," he added.

With conditions at Mohali favouring batsmen, India will likely name an unchanged side for the match -- except for keeper Parthiv Patel's induction -- while the visitors may make a few changes to their playing eleven.

According to reports, England have confirmed that Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes will return to the side for the match.

India have been served well by their batsmen in the series so far. Except for the opening pair of Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay, all batsmen have contributed to the team's cause, displaying sparks of their individual brilliance.

Regular wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha has been omitted from the India squad after developing a strain in his left thigh.

It paved way for the inclusion of Parthiv Patel, who was called up after an eight-year gap. His batting abilities will give the hosts valuable support to their lower-order.

India will ponder long and hard over their bowling combination. The key question is who will be picked to provide support to star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

All-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav gave a good account of themselves in the second Test. Yadav was picked ahead of leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who was impressive in the first Test.

But changing a winning team remains unlikely for the home side.

Medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar who has been brought into the team might as well get a chance to play as the Mohali pitch traditionally favours the fast bowlers.

Despite the defeat, England have improved on their overall game, with batsmen scoring decent number of runs and bowlers picking up wickets.

But they are likely to be without their premier pacer Stuart Broad, who was seen limping in the second Test.

The visitors will need to produce a consistent performance over five days to square the series.

The toss can play an important role in the outcome of the match as the side winning it will look to bat first and score big, adding pressure on the opposition.

The squads:

India: Virat Kohli (capt), KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Parthiv Patel (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Karun Nair, Jayant Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

England: Alastair Cook (capt), Ben Duckett, Joe Root, Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, Gareth Batty, Steven Finn, Zafar Ansari, Haseeb Hameed, Jos Buttler (wk), Jake Ball.

With inputs from IANS



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 5266 117
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115

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