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26-Aug-2021 02:31:00 GMT
Eng vs Ind - 3rd Test, Leeds, day 1

English pacers rip through Indian batting to dominate day one

England 120 for 0 (Hameed 60*, Burns 52*) lead India 78 (Rohit 19, Anderson 3-6, Overton 3-14) by 42 runs

Leeds: England's pacers came up with a sensational performance at Headingley to bowl India out for 78 before openers Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns ensured the hosts ended the day in a commanding position.

After losing eight consecutive tosses in England, Virat Kohli's fortunes finally turned around and he chose to bat first. India named an unchanged XI while England brought in Dawid Malan and Craig Overton for Dom Sibley and the injured Mark Wood.

James Anderson, as he has done so often for England, struck early in the innings and got the in-form KL Rahul nicking to Jos Buttler with a one that held its line after three consecutive inswingers.

Anderson and Buttler got in on the act again as Cheteshwar Pujara's lean run with the bat continued, once again tentatively pushing at the ball moving away.

Anderson was breathing fire in the first spell and got the better of Kohli, yet again with the out-swinger that Buttler gobbled up easily.

At the other end, Rohit Sharma was doing a great job at seeing out the new ball. Him and Ajinkya Rahane showed some resilience with a 35-run stand before Ollie Robinson dismissed the India vice-captain with a length ball at the stroke of lunch as Buttler added a fourth dismissal to his name.

Robinson struck once again at the other side of the break with Rishabh Pant again falling prey to the ball slanting away to make it five wickets for England and five catches for Buttler.

Rohit Sharma's 105-ball resistance too finally came to an end trying to play an awkward pull shot off Craig Overton that went straight into the hands of Robinson at silly mid-on. As has been the pattern in the series, one brought two for England as India's batting hero from the second innings at Lord's, Mohammad Shami, fell for a golden duck.

Sam Curran too was on a hattrick in the very next over with the wickets of Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah off consecutive balls. Within a space of 10 minutes, India lost four wickets without adding a run on the scoreboard.

The last-wicket pair of Mohammed Siraj and Ishant Sharma added 11 runs before Overton wrapped up India's innings for 78, their ninth-lowest total in Test cricket and their third-lowest in England.

The Indian bowlers could not extract the same purchase from the pitch as their English counterparts, failing to land the ball in the full lengths that troubled their batters earlier in the day. Openers Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns ensured that England went unscathed into tea while also managing to knock off 21 runs in the process.

The pair continued to bat serenely in the final session, hardly giving the Indian pacers an inch. Leaving the good deliveries, they capitalized on the bad ones to keep the scorecard ticking. Haseeb Hameed brought up his half-century, with Rory Burns soon following suit. They ensured that the hosts ended the day unscathed on a score of 120/0, leading by 42 runs.

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