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Ashwin compensated for the dropped catch of England captain Alastair Cook by getting him caught behind soon after committing the mistake AFP

India s off-spinning duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Jayant Yadav delivered blows to England in the first session of Day One of the Mohali Test here on Saturday as the visitors ended the session with score reading 4 for 92. Jonny Bairstow (20) and Ben Stokes (5) were the unbeaten batsmen at lunch. Ashwin compensated for the dropped catch of England captain Alastair Cook by getting him caught behind soon after the mistake, while Jayant got rid of his deputy Joe Root in the over previous to Ashwin s. Earlier, pacer Umesh Yadav drew first blood when he got the teenaged-opener Haseeb Hameed for 9. Having lost four crucial wickets in the first session, England have given the advantage to India. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 3rd Test at Mohali

Winning the toss; the all important toss, Cook decided to bat first. Though not a rank turner, it will assist the spinners with its low and slow nature, which means batting fourth is going to be a challenge. Hence, knowing this, the English skipper had no hesitation in electing to bat. He walked out to bat with his young but mature partner Hameed. India s pair of seam bowlers Mohammed Shami and Umesh made a good start, beating the batsmen and inducing edges. The same story from Rajkot, however, continued as Indian fielders turned up with butterfingers.

Shami created a chance in only the third over of the day when an edge from Cook s willow went flying towards the third slip, where Ravindra Jadeja was stationed. A great outfielder, Jadeja could not even get a hand to it though, as it went over his head. Sunil Gavaskar was quick to draw an analogy in the commentary box, as he mentioned how Jadeja dropped Cook in Southampton as well, in the third Test of the series. He did it again at third slip. India lost that game and went on to lose the series as well. We will learn how much that missed chance costs India as the game progresses.

The low bounce on the pitch came immediately into play, as quite a few deliveries kept relatively lower than as expected. Cook gauged that early and looked to take his chances, knowing with no bounce on the track he could chase those deliveries. His rhythm and footwork was not at his best against the Indian pacers though; Shami in particular, who kept probing the England captain on the off-stump and just outside the off-stump area.

Umesh was at his usual self. He would bowl a couple of good deliveries, beat the outside edges and then bowl a half volley. There was more trouble for him as he was given an official warning or stepping on the danger area in his follow through in the eighth over of the day. But he finally had success in the 10th over of the day, when he got Hameed. Umesh was particularly impressive against Hammed today, bowling a testing spell and beating him on multiple occasions. This time he finally had him when an odd delivery bounced and took Hameed by surprise. All he could manage was a glove to it as it went slightly in the air and landed slowly in Ajinkya Rahane s safe hands at gully. Hameed scored 9 and England were 1 down for 32.

India could have had more success in the next over, when Cook played a Shami delivery towards mid-wicket, where Ashwin dropped a sitter. Cook certainly was having luck by his side this morning. First the toss and then two reprieves; all he needed to do now was to bat well. He was joined by his deputy and prolific run-scorer Root, who immediately got away with a couple of boundaries off Umesh s next over.

After getting the first breakthrough, skipper Virat Kohli turned towards spin, introducing rookie Jayant ahead of Ashwin and Jadeja. He started with a maiden to Cook and then got Root on the first ball of his next over. It was also the first ball after the drinks break and the first of spin Root faced in this match. He went for a pull across the line; a shot which was never on when a spinner was in operation. The ball spun and kept low, hitting him on his pads bang in front of the wicket. The umpire had no doubts in his mind and Root too knew he was out. He did not review it and England lost their second.

He was replaced by Moeen, who got a promotion in the batting order and came out to bat ahead of Jos Buttler. With two left-handed batsmen in the middle, it was a no-brainer that Kohli would introduce Ashwin from the other end. He did the same and Ashwin removed Cook on the first ball of his spell. The off-spinner kind of made up for the dropped catch with his redemption ball, which was not a wicket taking ball actually. He bowled it short and wide and Cook went for a cut, but ended up getting a faint edge which landed in Parthiv Patel s gloves. Bairstow came out to bat at No.5; a promotion in batting order for him as well. Ashwin and Yadav bowled well in tandem from here on and kept the pressure on.

England were heading towards lunch without any further damage when Shami returned into the attack to get rid of Moeen. This particular wicket was well plotted by the Indian team. Shami bowled a well-directed bouncer to him with a plan and good field placement. Moeen went for the hook but ended up getting a top edge which went flying towards Murali Vijay at fine leg. He was replaced by Stokes, who along with Bairstow ensured no further loss in the session.

Earlier, Cook revealed the three changes he made for this game at the toss. Two out of those three were forced changes. Ace pacer Stuart Broad got himself injured in the last Test and was replaced by Chris Woakes. Young spinner Zafar Ansari, who was ineffective in the previous outing, was also ruled out with back pain and replaced by the experienced Gareth Batty. The third and final change England made was including Jos Buttler in place of struggling Ben Duckett.

India too had a couple of forced changes, with wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha getting ruled out of the third Test with an injury and being replaced by Parthiv, who returned to Test cricket after 8 years. Kohli also announced that Parthiv will open with Vijay as KL Rahul got himself injured once again on the eve of the third Test. He was replaced by Karun Nair, who made his Test debut for India and became the 287th Test player for the country.

Brief scores: England 4 for 92 (Alastair Cook 27, Jonny Bairstow 20 not out, Moeen Ali 16; Ravichandran Ashwin 1 for 14, Umesh Yadav 1 for 30, Jayant Yadav 1 for 26, Mohammed Shami 1 for 22) against India at lunch on Day One.

(A self-confessed cricket freak, Chinmay Jawalekar is a senior writer with CricketCountry. When not writing or following cricket, he loves to read, eat and sleep. He can be followed here @CricfreakTweets)