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Couple of Wickets before day end puts India in driving seat

3rd Test: India v England at Mohali, 26-30 November, 2016

Day 1: After winning the toss Skipper Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed started the innings for England and they got steady start but India not waited for long for the 1st wicket as Umesh Yadav provided the breakthrough in the 10th over of the innings as Hameed caught by Rahane in gully at the score of 9 runs.

India gained the impetus after the fall of Hameed’s wicket and Virat Kohli brought Jayant Yadav into the attack and the spinner got rid of the danger-man Joe Root at 15 runs he was adjudged LBW. Cook was looking well settled but Ashwin joined the party and got rid of dangerous looking Skipper Alastair Cook on 27 runs as he was caught behind the wickets to Parthiv Patel.

Then it was turn of Shami as he took the wicket of Moeen Ali who was caught by Murali Vijay at deep fine leg after attempting to pull a short delivery. England was condensed to 87/4 and was in deep trouble. England made a good fight back in the post-lunch session as Jonny Bairstow 89 and Ben Stokes 29 played cautiously against the Indian spinners and put on a 57-run stand for the fifth wicket before Jadeja dismissed Stokes as he was stumped by Parthiv Patel in the 44th over.

Bairstow appeared firm at the other end and completed his 13th Test fifty to take England past 150 in the 46th over. He got excellent support from wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and they had a vital partnership for the 6th wicket to take England past the 200-run mark.

Then Jadeja took the wicket of Buttler and bring back India into the game. Still dangerous Jonny Bairstow was on the crease but he was trapped lbw at the score of 89 by Jayant Yadav. Umesh Yadav then produced one of the deliveries of the innings to fortress Chris Woakes who was batting well on 25. The ball rushed into the off-stump giving an edge to India. Now India must wrap up the England innings early so that they can’t add the much score to board.

Day 1, stumps

England 268/8 90
India Yet to bat
India yet to play 

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