India vs England 1st Test Day 1, Birmingham Match Report: Who would have thought Virat Kohli-led India will reduce England to 285/9 on Day 1 in the 1st Test at Edgbaston? More so, who would have thought Ravichandran Ashwin will get a start over in-form Kuldeep Yadav and to top that be the star for India with the ball scalping four wickets? Also Read - England Tour of Sri Lanka Called Off Due to Coronavirus Threat
But all of this happened after English skipper Joe Root won the toss and opted to bat first. When his opposite number was asked the same question, his reply was, “I would have bowled first?” One could not have guessed that he would be the happier of the two captains at the end of the day. Also Read - Fist Bump Over Handshakes For England Cricketers Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak
England started in a steady fashion, typical of Alastair Cook (13) and Keaton Jennings (42). India introduced spin in the form of Ashwin in the 6th over and that seemed surprising then, but it was the Tamil Nadu-born bowler who got India the first breakthrough with a delivery that would be a dream ball for off-spinners. Also Read - Highlights, India vs New Zealand 1st ODI: Centurion Ross Taylor Helps New Zealand Snap Losing Streak, Blackcaps Win 1st ODI By 4 Wickets
Once Cook departed Root got into his elements and even without anyone noticing, reached 30. Soon Jennings fell to a corker of a ball from Shami. Shami soon got his second victim, it was David Malan (8).
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But that did not stop Root as he soon became the fastest to 6000 Test runs and reached a fifty. Bairstow seemed to be giving him able company to hit a fifty himself and forge a partnership of 104 with Root, before the captain got run out, to a moment of brilliance from his Indian counterpart in the field. Bairstow soon departed for 70 and then England lost three wickets for eight runs. Buttler departed for a duck.
And then India reduced England to 285/9 in 88 overs at stumps on Day 1.
It seems like it is advantage India after the end of the first day, also considering Day 2 is best to bat on. Also, it seems Ashwin’s time off the game has worked in his favour as he is now looking to find new ways to take wickets overseas.