The day started on a sombre note as Indian players wore black armbands as a mark of respect to the former captain of India, Ajit Wadekar who passed away on August 15.


England captain Joe Root won the toss and put India in to bat, thereby making first use of a slightly green track on offer.


Indian openers did a good job with Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul adding 60 runs for the first wicket in 18.1 overs. This is the highest partnership Indian openers have managed outside Asia and the West Indies since Dhawan and Murali Vijay added 56 at Brisbane against Australia.


Comeback man Ben Stokes came on to bowl but didn’t manage to take a wicket before lunch where he returned figures of 7-0-29-0.


Dhawan’s patience finally ran out and he edged one from Chris Woakes straight to second slip for Jos Buttler to complete an easy catch. India were 60/1 and England had managed a breakthrough in the 19th over of the day.


Woakes removed Cheteshwar Pujara at the stroke of lunch as the latter pulled one from Woakes straight to Adil Rashid stationed at deep square leg to pouch him. Pujara presents a picture of disbelief and his form is not showing any signs of returning to normalcy in overseas conditions.

India went to lunch at 82/3 off 26.4 overs and a good start by the openers was undone by some good bowling from Woakes who picked all three wickets to fall before lunch.


Virat Kohli pulls one during his half-century. He has shown composure in this innings and has looked at ease while countering the English attack.


Okay, so Adil Rashid finally got to bowl after quite some time. He played at Lord’s and did not need to bowl there. Not that he made much of an impact though in the post-lunch session here though, as he gave away 29 runs in his five overs without taking a wicket.


The Indian captain plays his trademark cover drive against the leg-spin of Rashid, a shot through which he generates immense power and sends the ball racing into the gap to the boundary.

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Not long before vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane joined in the act with the skipper. Here he smashes one to the cover boundary from Rashid. He was batting at 53* at lunch and captain Kohli was on 51*.


Rahane continued the good work from the last session and played some reassuring backfoot shots off the England pacers and further built up his partnership with Kohli.

Alastair Cook

Rahane edged one off Stuart Broad to give him his first wicket of the day as Alastair Cook took a stellar catch diving to his left. This was the former England captain’s 165th catch in 159 matches as he reached the 8th position in the list of most catches by a non-wicketkeeper in Tests. The list is led by Rahul Dravid who has 210 catches from 164 matches. Rahane got out for 81.


Kohli continued to play well as he too cut and pulled with elan as seen in the picture above.


Oh no! Not again! Must have though Kohli as he got out caught on slip against leg-spinner Adil Rashid who had got him out earlier in the third ODI at Headingley, a dismissal which perhaps was the catalyst for getting the latter into the England squad. He bowled an average spell but then ended up getting the prized wicket of the Indian captain. Kohli fell short of a hundred by three runs.


A fitting end to a great day’s play, one might say, as the ‘King of Swing’ James Anderson got Hardik Pandya out to reach 100 wickets in 25 matches against India. He is now behind Muttiah Muralitharan who has 105 scalps in 22 matches against India.

In the meanwhile, Rishabh Pant became the first Indian player to open his account with a six in Test cricket.

India ended day one on 307/6 in 87 overs.

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