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11:10 pm IST: And that’s the end of play on Day 1 – Ashwin takes four as England reach 285 for nine. Six wickets fell in the final session

10:47 pm:  Ravichandran Ashwin is on fire. He takes his fourth wicket of the day as Stuart Broad is trapped in front for just one. Six wickets have fallen in the session. England 283/9

10:39 pm: That’s the eighth wicket down for England as Adil Rashid is trapped in front by Ishant Sharma. England 278 for 8. Five England wickets have fallen in the session

 10:21 pm: Adil Rashid is no mug with the bat and shows why. He first guides R Ashwin’s outswinger wide of the first slip for a four and then charges the offspinner whacking him towards the square leg boundary for consecutive fours. England 269/7

 10:03 pm: Tame dismissal for Ben Stokes, Ashwin is having a ball out there. England seven down for 243. Went back to a back of length delivery but the extra bounce means Stokes can’t work it on the onside and loops the ball back to the bowler.

9:48 pm: In a matter of five overs – Root, Baristow and Buttler back in the hut

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9:31 pm IST: Sensational from India and Ravichandran Ashwin. Jos Buttler played across for the spin; there was spin, but only maginally and the ball hits him on the knee roll. Second wicket for Ashwin. England slump to 224 for 6

9:28 pm IST: Another wicket goes down. Jonny Bairstow had been in complete commad over his innings untill this delivery which he plays on to the stumps. Cuts away from his body and pays the price. India suddenly on the attack. England 223/5

9:10 pm IST: Brilliant from Kolhi, direct hit and Joe Root is gone for 80. Big moment in the match. There was no other way Root was going to be out today. Bairstow and Root risked a second run and it did not pay off. England 218 for four

8:50 pm IST: That’s 50 for Jonny Bairstow

8:30 pm IST: Final session underway, Mohammed Shami starts the proceedings

8:11 pm IST: England skipper Joe Root led from the front in the second session, compiling his 41st Test fifty helping England to 163/3 at tea. England made 80 runs for the loss of two wickets in the session.

8:03 pm IST: Nothing much happening for India after Mohammad Shami’s double-wicket burst early in the session. Joe Root has been solid as ever completing 6000 Test runs and his 41st Test fifty. Jonny Baristow has moved to 26 after a few hits and misses. 50-run stand up for the duo for the fourth wicket. England 162/3

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7:22 pm IST: 50 for Joe Root. His 41st in Test, 12th against India in as many Tests. Root has looked unhurried in the crease so far and has taken England to 127 for 3. Jonny Bairstow is at the other end batting on six.

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7:07 pm IST: Mohammad Shami traps Dawid Malan in front. The English batsman takes the review for height, but the replays show the ball would have dislodged the bails, barely though, but that is good news for India. England three down for 112.

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6:44 pm IST: GONE! Unlcuky way to get out for Keaton Jennings. Mohammed Shami has a wicket to his name. England 98/2. Jennings made 42 off 98 deliveries. It was a back of length delivery from Shami, Jennings defended but the ball dropped near his feet and trickled towards the wickets and barely dislodged the bails.

The moment when Ashwin breached Cook’s defence 

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6:33 pm IST: The pitch at Edgbaston seems to have eased out. It is bright and sunny out there, no moisture and good batting conditions for Keaton Jennings and Joe Root. England 98 for 1.

6:14 pm IST: And the second session in underway

5:31 pm IST: And that’s lunch on Day 1. Just one wicket down for England. They should be happy with that. Keaton Jennings unbeaten on 38, Joe Root on 31. For India, R Ashwin was sensational in his first spell. But Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav failed to maintain consistency. Mohammed Shami started well and seems to be in his rhythm amd might be the key man in second session. England 83/1

5:16 pm IST: 50-run partnership up between Keaton Jenning and Joe Root. After the early wicket of Alastair Cook, Root and Jennings have been steady taking England to 76 for 1 in 24.4 overs. Jennings and Root both are on 31.

4:43 pm IST: 50 up for England: Just over an hour’s play done and England have gone past the 50- run mark without much trouble. Keaton Jennings on 23 and Joe Root on 17. Mohammed Shami and R Ashwin bowling in tandem now.

Here’s how Jennings survived 

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4:25 pm IST: While Ishant Sharma has strayed in line, often bowling too full or back of length delivery, R Ashwin has started off brilliantly finding enough turn and on several occasions bounce as well. On the other hand, Keaton Jennings, after surviving early on, has moved to 20 off 38. Skipper Joe Root has helped himself to 11 off 17. Mohammed Shami also introduced in to the attack. England 45/1 

4:08 pm IST: GONE! What a delivery from Ravichandran Ashwin. Cook is cleaned up for 13. England 26/1. Ashwin,  over the wicket, gets the ball to dip and turn; Cook pushed forward but the ball turns enough to beat the bat of the former England skipper. Fantastic start of Ravichandran Ashwin.

4:01 pm IST: Spin as early as the seventh over. R Ashwin in to the attack and he starts well. England 24 for no loss

3:56 pm IST: At that’s the 1st drop of the series in the slip cordon by India. Not a good start. Ishant Sharma gets his line right and squares up Keaton Jennings. The ball takes the edges and flies to third slip, Virat Kohli, but Ajinkya Rahane at fourth slip dives to his right and gets his hand to it, but fails to hold on to it.

3:53 pm IST: Five overs done and England are 20 for no loss. Alastair Cook 11*, Keaton Jennings 9*

3:43 pm IST: First boundary of the day for England! Fuller and coming in on the pads, Jennings just clips it off his pads down across the fine leg fence for a boundary. Eight from the third over.

3:39 pm IST: Beautiful over from Ishant Sharma, pushing the ball across, visible deviation of the pitch. He beats Cook three times in the over. That’s a maiden from Ishant. 1/o in 2 overs

3:35 pm IST: First over done - Umesh Yadav starts well. Just one run off it. Alastair Cook (1*), Keaton Jennings 0*

TOSS: England captain Joe Root calls correctly and wins the toss. He has opted to bat first in overcast conditions

BIG NEWS: India have left out Cheteshwar Pujara from playing XI! Dhawan to open with Murali. Rahul at no. 3 Ashwin is the lone spinner. Umesh, Shami and Ishant three frontline seamers while Pandya will be the fourth.

PLAYING XIs

India: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma

England: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (captain), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

IND vs ENG 1st Test, Day 1 Latest Updates: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the India vs England, 1st Test, day one at the Edgbaston, Birmingham. Virat Kohli’s Team India, ranked No 1 in the ICC Test Championship, face off against Joe Root’s England. Stay with us for all the India vs England 1st Test live updates, live scores, live reports and more.

TOSS: 3:00 pm IST

START OF PLAY: 3:30 pm IST

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Kohli’s men are in England hoping to become the first Indian team to win a Test series in England in 11 years, and just the fourth overall.

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England’s win-loss ratio of 3.375 at the ground is significantly better than anywhere else. India have a terrible record here, with a draw and five defeats from six outings.

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Edgbaston has been England’s favourite hunting ground over time: indeed, their win-loss ratio of 3.375 at the ground is significantly better than anywhere else. India, on the other hand, have a terrible record here, with one draw (in a dead rubber) and five defeats from six outings. Whichever way you look at it, history stands overwhelmingly in England’s favour.

India likely XI for first Test: Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav/Kuldeep Yadav.

England likely XI for first Test: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (c), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

Predictions: As mentioned above, England will take field as favourites, more so because India will be without two frontline seamers. Everything points at England at this stage. The onus will be on Kohli to shrug off the memories of 2014 and rise to the challenge with bat. It will be very, very difficult for India otherwise.