England skipper Joe Root (65*) led from the front in the second session of day one of the 1st Test between India and England at Edgbaston on Wednesday, compiling his 41st Test fifty helping England to 163 for three at tea. England made 80 runs for the loss of two wickets in the session.


Mohammed Shami started the session on a positive note with the wickets of Keaton Jennings and Dawid Malan – both scalps having a heavy dose of luck – inside the first hour of play post-lunch, but nothing went India s way after that.


Ravichandran Ashwin s potency in the first session, that earned him the wicket of Alastair Cook, was lacking. The pacers were consistent and disciplined with Hardik Pandya impressing with a good spell of 5-1-11-0, but both Root and Jonny Bairstow were up to the task.

Till the time Shami and R Ashwin bowled in tandem, it looked like a wicket was just around the corner but Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav lost focus and failed to maintain the pressure with the occasional loose deliveries that was pounced upon gleefully by both Root and Bairstow.

In the first session, Shami looked in rhythm with the seam of the ball upright on delivery and continued to do that in the second. One such delivery pitched just back of length and nipped back in, Jennings was in position to defend but that extra nip in meant the Jennings failed to cover the line and the inside edge dropped at his feet and rolled towards the stumps to dislodge the bails. Jennings made 42 off 98 deliveries.

Three overs later, Shami going round the wicket to Malan beat the batsman for pace and it was the same sharp movement that trapped Malan in front. England decided to review, but the replays showed the ball would have hit the stumps, ever so barely, nevertheless that was good news for India as England found themselves on 112 for three.

After that Bairstow and Root shut out the Indian attack. The bowlers did well to keep a check on the run-rate but couldn t sustain the pressure from both ends and the England score board ticked ever so gently.

Root compiled his 12 fify in as many Tests against India with a push to deep square leg. During his innings, Root also became the fastest to 6000 runs in terms of time reaching the milestone in five years and 231 days of his Test career. Bairstow missed and prodded at a few early on but managed to score 25 off 47 deliveries.

Brief Scores: England 163/3 (Joe Root 65*, Keaton Jennings 42, Mohammed Shami 2/27) against India