India vs England, 3rd Test, Day 1 — As it happened...

Jonny Bairstow was England's top scorer with 89 runs.

India vs England, 3rd Test, Day 1 — As it happened...


OVER 90 | SCORE 258/7 (Rashid 4, Batty 0)

STUMPS! Umesh Yadav with an absolute belter of a delivery to dismiss Chris Woakes. Rashid and batty will resume Day 2 of third Test with 258/8 on board. All in all a mixed day for India who had the opportunity to bowl out England cheaply but a terrific innings of 89 runs from Jonny Bairstow along with decent cameos from Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler got England a decent total.

CR Woakes b UT Yadav 25 (70b​)

OVER 84 | SCORE 258/7 (Woakes 20, Rashid 0)

Jonny Bairstow out LBW to Jayant Yadav after the previous delivery saw Parthiv Patel dropping the Englishman's catch behind the stumps. Terrific knock of 89 runs from Bairstow comes to an end.

JM Bairstow lbw b J Yadav 89 (177b)

OVER 77 | SCORE 231/6 (Bairstow 73, Woakes 13)

Jonny Bairstow survived an LBW to Ravindra Jadeja, after India opted to take their first review of the match.  India striving for another wicket as England continue to build small partnerships.

OVER 70 | SCORE 216/6 (Bairstow 70, Woakes 2)

Jadeja strikes again. Picks out Jos Buttler, who handed an easy catch to Virat Kohli at covers. Indian bowlers will look to target the new man, Chris Woakes in a possible bid to wrap-up England today itself.

JC Buttler c Kohli b Jadeja 43 (80b)

OVER 62 | SCORE 205/5 (Bairstow 66, Buttler 38)

TEA at Mohali! 33 overs bowled in the session as England show grit and determination to get something out of the innings. Session belongs to the visitors, thanks to Bairstow and Buttler.

OVER 60 | SCORE 192/5 (Bairstow 65, Buttler 31)

Terrific stand from Bairstow and Buttler, partnership now worth over 50. Another middle order stand for England as India continue to test different combinations.

OVER 55 | SCORE 173/5 (Bairstow 60, Buttler 16)

Jayant Yadav brought back into the attack by Virat Kohli. Partnership now worth 29 runs. 

OVER 50 | SCORE 154/5 (Bairstow 56, Buttler 1)

Change of gear for England as game reaches the 50-over mark. batsmen hoping to hold on at least until the end of session.

OVER 46 | SCORE 150/5 (Bairstow 54, Buttler 0)

Ravindra Jadeja with the breakthrough! dismisses Ben Stokes, who charged down the wicket to hit the ball. The Englishman was subsequently engaged in a heated argument with Virat Kohli on-field. Jonny Bairstow has completed his half-century

BA Stokes st Patel b Jadeja 29 (59b)

OVER 40 | SCORE 123/4 (Bairstow 42, Stokes 27)

Partnership now 49 runs. Indians bowlers look a little down facing Bairstow and Stokes. Remains to be seen how quickly can India break this partnership.

OVER 35 | SCORE 123/4 (Bairstow 34, Stokes 22)

A shift in momentum can be sensed as England look more comfortable post lunch. 31 runs in the session so far with 4 fours.

Players are back after LUNCH!

OVER 29 | SCORE 92/4 (Bairstow 20, Stokes 5)

India certainly on top of things at LUNCH. 1st session belongs to the hosts who picked up 4 wickets. What remains to be seen is if India will continue the same performance post lunch or England will fight back with stronger performance.

MM Ali c Vijay b Mohammed Shami 16 (45b)

OVER 25 | SCORE 86/3 (Ali 15, Bairstow 19)

Some bourndaries in England's favour. Ashwin and Jayant continue their spell as the visitors proceed with a run rate of about 3.3.

OVER 20 | SCORE 56/3 (Ali 2, Bairstow 3)

Ravichandran Ashwin removes England captain Alastair Cook on his very first delivery of the match. Meanwhile, 14th over was Jayant Yadav's 4th consecutive maiden today. India on top of England!

AN Cook c Patel b Ashwin 27 (42b)

OVER 15 | SCORE 51/2 (Cook 27, Ali 0)

Jayant Yadav strikes twice! Dismiss Hameed and Root. Poor shot selection from the latter as Kohli's decision to put Jayant on early pays off. Trouble times for the visitors.

JE Root lbw b J Yadav 15 (13b)

H Hameed c Rahane b UT Yadav 9 (31b)

OVER 5 | SCORE 18/0 (Cook 15, Hameed 3)

Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav continue to test Aalstair Cook and Haseeb Hameed as ball shows good movement early in the match. Need to make this opportunity count before the English duo begins to settle.

OVER 3 | SCORE 12/0 (Cook 11, Hameed 1)

Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav begin India's attack with the ball on Saturday morning. Some swing and movement witnessed for the bowlers. Shami looked to have deceived Alastair Cook but Ravindra Jadeja failed to judge the pace and height of the ball. England survive!

The match is underway!

SQUADS: Eng XI: Cook, Hameed, Root, Ali, Bairstow, Stokes, Buttler, Woakes, Rashid, Batty, Anderson

IND XI: Vijay, Patel, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Nair, Ashwin, Jadeja, Yadav, Yadav, Shami

TOSS! England win and opt to bat first. Karun Nair makes Test Debut for India as Parthiv Patel replaces injured Wriddhiman Saha.

09:35 AM IST: Another 25 minutes before toss takes place. Stay tuned!


After breaking the deadlock in most comprehensive manner, hosts India would look to do an encore by putting England through another rigorous spin test when the two teams square off in the third cricket Test starting today.

However, as luck would have it, Kohli will not be able to field the winning combination as Wriddhiman Saha is out with a thigh strain, ensuring that Parthiv Patel gets to play a Test match after eight long years.

The PCA Stadium track, once a paradise for speedsters which later became a bowlers' graveyard only to undergo another transformation into a rank turner, will be the cynosure of all eyes.

As far as Kohli is concerned, the backdrop could not have been more interesting and the wild allegations of ball tampering levelled by a section of British media could surely act as a catalyst for him to do a Faf du Plessis. A du Plessis-like century will be a befitting reply to all the conspiracy theories that have been floated.

While Jimmy Anderson did make an impressive comeback, the absence of Stuart Broad will definitely affect England as the lanky fast bowler performed superbly despite injury during the Visakhapatnam Test match.


India (from): Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Chesteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Parthiv Patel (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra

England (from): Alastair Cook (captain), Haseeb Hamid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Duckett, Adil Rashid, Jake Ball, Gary Balance, Jos Buttler, Steve Finn, Chris Woakes, Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Gareth Batty, Moeen Ali, Zafar Ansari.

Match starts at 9:30 am.

Mohali: Welcome to our live coverage of Day 1 action of the India-England third Test being played at PCA IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh.

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