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

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

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

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

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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.

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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? 

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

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

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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. 

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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)

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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. 

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Highlights

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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

Updated Date: November 26, 2016 17:23:14 IST

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