Jonny Bairstow was dropped twice before finally getting dismissed for 89    Getty Images
Jonny Bairstow was dropped twice before finally getting dismissed for 89 Getty Images

Riding on wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow s defiant 89, England ended Day One of the Mohali Test on 268 for 8 here on Saturday. Bairstow continued with his dream run in 2016 by bringing up yet another half-century at a crucial time and helping his side to post a considerably safe total against India on a pitch where batting fourth shall require some skill. The pitch, far different than the Mohali track of last year s India South Africa Test, is not really a rank turner. But it is slow in nature and is expected to break as the Test progresses. Apart from Bairstow, Jos Buttler (43) played a handy knock while others failed to capitalise on their starts. For India, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav and Umesh Yadav claimed two wickets each. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 3rd Test at Mohali.

England resumed the final session of the day after conquering the previous one. Bairstow and Buttler had added 61 by the time tea was taken and both were looking set for a hundred-run stand. Once again, just like the second session, Jadeja and Mohammed Shami started the proceedings. The duo could add only 8 more runs to the tally as Jadeja struck a vital blow to England. Buttler, who had got himself in and was looking extremely comfortable, played a rash shot to throw his wicket away. He hit a tossed-up delivery by Jadeja straight into the hands of running Virat Kohli, who covered the some ground to complete the catch at mid-on. Buttler thus became the second batsman after Ben Stokes to gift his wicket away. He scored 43.

Bairstow went undeterred on the other end. He was joined by Chris Woakes in the middle. Kohli replaced Shami with Umesh while continued to employ Jadeja from the other end. His tactic almost earned him a wicket when in the 77th over as straight ball from Jadeja hit Bairstow s pads. A huge appeal which ensued was turned down and India decided to review it. TV umpire Kumar Dharmasena turned down the appeal after the ball was missing the leg stump even though it pitched in line.

The players kept Dharmasena occupied for next few minutes, as a stumping call as well as a run-out appeal was sent upstairs to him. To England s relief, both were turned down. The new ball was available after the 80th over and Kohli continued to go ahead with the old one, bringing Ravichandran Ashwin and Jayant into the attack. TEA REPORT: India vs England, 3rd Test at Mohali.

Jayant straightaway created chances; inducing an outside edge from Bairstow which was dropped by Parthiv. In fact, Bairstow had two reprieves from the diminutive keeper. But Jayant ended England s wicket-keeper batsman s defiant knock in the same over when he trapped Bairstow in front of the stumps. Umpire Marais Erasmus raised his finger after some thinking and Bairstow immediately went for the review. But the TV umpire s decision went against him. India had the big fish, as the batsman made his way back to the pavilion after scoring a well-compiled 89.

He was replaced by Adil Rashid, who added 8 runs with Woakes (25) before Umesh castled his off stump just before stumps on Day One. England ended the day with score reading 268 for 8. Rashid (4) and Gareth Batty (0) were the unbeaten batsmen and will resume the innings on Day Two.

Earlier, England captain Alastair Cook won the all-important toss and elected to bat first on a track which was expected to turn into a dust bowl as the match progressed. His side lost four quick wickets in the first session of the day as Umesh scalped Haseeb Hameed, who was the first one to be dismissed, Joe Root was trapped plumb in front by Jayant while Cook himself fell to Ashwin after a couple of reprieves. Moeen Ali s wicket off Shami s bowling made it 4 down for England, who crawled to lunch with the score reading 4 for 92. The first session honours thus went to India.

Bairstow s 13th Test fifty led his side s fight back in the second session, which was dominated by England. The only wicket they lost in that session was of Ben Stokes, who fell for a poor shot, while the highlights of the session was an unbeaten 61-run stand for the sixth wicket between Bairstow and Buttler. LUNCH REPORT: India vs England, 3rd Test at Mohali.

For India, Jadeja, Umesh and Jayant were the pick of the bowlers, taking two wickets each. Ashwin, who had a terrible day in the field as he dropped a sitter and mis-fielded on couple of occasions, took one wicket. The pace duo of Shami and Umesh bowled its heart out and the two were unlucky not to get more wickets. On Day Two, India will have to pull up their socks as far as fielding is concerned, as the head coach Anil Kumble as well as the fielding coach R Sridhar won t be happy with today s effort.

Cook made three changes for this match; two of which were forced ones. Ace pacer Stuart Broad got himself injured in the last Test and was replaced by 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 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 Murali 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 8 for 268 (Jonny Bairstow 89, Jos Buttler 43, Ben Stokes 29, Alastair Cook 27; Jayant Yadav 2 for 49, Ravindra Jadeja 2 for 46, Umesh Yadav 2 for 58) against India at Stumps 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)