Edgbaston Test Day 1: The Takeaways

The first test match between India and England commenced yesterday at Edgbaston. The English lost 6wickets within 69 runs and the skipper Joe Root added 80 runs for the partnership of 104 runs with Jonny Bairstow. By the plans of the Indian captain Virat Kohli and the spin attack of Ravichandran Ashwin, English were at 285/9 by the end of the first day at Edgbaston.Edgbaston Test Day 1 The Takeaways

  1. Cheteshwar Pujara out of the team

England won the toss and chose to bat on their 1000th international test match. India opted Shikhar Dhawan to open the game along with Murali Vijay and KL Rahul will bat at No.3 and this decision surprised many experts and spectators since Dhawan is battling with poor form since the beginning of the tour. The move to drop Cheteshwar Pujara shocked the experts in fact.

He had a poor average against Yorkshire of 22.13 and in the practice match against Essex, he made 1 and 23 in both the innings.  He is the specialist for test team at No.3 and there were speculations earlier about playing KL Rahul in the opening position and Pujara may play at NO.4.

  1. Alistair Cook picked by Ravichandran Ashwin

Ashwin took the wicket of opener Alistair Cook in the ninth over of the game. This is the eighth time Ashwin dismissed Alistair Cook in the history and he holds the joint record with Nathan Lyon for this. He picked 4 wickets in total being the only spinner for the team in this game.

  1. Mohammed Shami’s performance

Mohammed Shami seemed to bounce back after his performances in Sri Lanka and South Africa. He picked two wickets by conceding 64 runs. He picked the wickets of Keaton Jennings and Dawid Malan within the span of 14 balls. England lost Keaton Jennings to Shami when the team were 98/2 and later Dawid Malan was dismissed at the score of 112/3.

  1. Dismissal of Joe Root

At a critical position, Joe Root entered the crease and slammed 80 runs and made a stand of 104 runs along with Jonny Bairstow. After the dismissal of Joe Root, Indian captain Kohli celebrated with a flying kiss that raised a few eyebrows. Earlier Root missed out the 13th ODI century in the third ODI against India. England managed to seal the series by 2-1 by winning that game.

  1. Collapse of the English Innings

England lost 2 wickets quickly after dismissal of Joe Root at 216/4. Jonny Bairstow, who slammed 70 runs fell to Umesh Yadav by a hasty shot and Jos Buttler was duck out in the spell of Ashwin. By that time England were 242/6. The English did not asked for a review about the lbw dismissal of Jos Buttler which surprised the experts. Ben Stokes lost his wicket after a lousy innings. By that time England were 243/7. Later, Ishant Sharma dismissed Adil Rashid and Ashwin managed to pick Stuart Board.