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Written by : Info Box Team

Team India bounced back well in the third session on day one of the first Test restricting England to 285/9 after the home team elected to bat at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

The openers Alastair Cook (13) and Keaton Jennings (42) had no trouble in dealing with the India quicks as they soon raised 26 runs before Ravichandran Ashwin was brought early in the seventh over of the innings.

The off-spinner immediately delivered with the wicket of Cook, even as Jennings survived a dropped chance and a few inside-edges.

Cook's departure brought in skipper Joe Root, who together with Jennings started the repair work and forged a 57-run second wicket stand and ensured there were no more hiccups in the opening session.

Jennings, who did all the hard work facing 98 balls, fell while defending Mohammad Shami's short-pitched ball which dislodged his off bail.

Shami immediately jolted the hosts again trapping new man Dawid Malan (8) plumb in front to reduce them to 112/3 in no time.

Thereafter, Root, who in the meantime got past 6,000 Test runs, along with Bairstow started the repair work with caution.

Together the right-handers forged an unbeaten 51-run stand for the fourth wicket and guided England safely to the tea break at 163/3.

The final session is all about the Indian bowlers, especially Ashwin. The experienced spinner bowled some difficult lines to the England batters which resulted in the quick wickets.

Root (80) and Jonny Bairstow (70), however, put some fight but some brilliant fielding and bowling from Virat Kohli and Umesh Yadav respectively, saw the departure of both batsmen.

After that, there was no looking back for the India bowlers as they kept on taking wickets at regular intervals.

Middle-order batsmen Jos Buttler (0) and Ben Stokes (21) also failed to step up to the occasion and were dismissed early by Ashwin. Continuing his mayhem, Ashwin kept the pressure on with Ishant and they dismissed Stuart Broad (1) and Adil Rashid (13) cheaply. Sam Curran (24) and James Anderson (0) were at the crease when umpires dislodged the bails for the day.

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