Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

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England vs India: India's Playing XI for the first Test

England, on Wednesday managed to amass an under par total of 285 runs for the loss of nine wickets at stumps, day one of the ongoing first test match against India in Birmingham's Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

He also produced a "bat-drop" mime to mock a similar gesture last month from the England captain, after he had helped clinch the one-day series in Leeds with a second successive hundred for the hosts.

Joe Root of England leaves the field after being run out by Virat Kohli during the 1st Specsavers Test Match between England and India at Edgbaston on August 1, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Root's wait to score his 14th Test hundred continued in frustrating fashion when he was run out for 80 in a mix-up with Yorkshire team-mate Jonny Bairstow.

Bairstow, however, was quickly into his stride, drilling Sharma through cover-point for four, and he helped Root add fifty in just 76 balls.

Kohli then rubbed salt into the wound by blowing kisses in the direction of Root and putting his finger to his lips, as if to quieten the crowd.

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As has often been the case, a needless dismissal was also the spark for a collapse, with England losing three wickets for eight runs in 25 balls as they squandered a promising position.

First, Bairstow played on off Umesh Yadav (1/56) and then Ashwin trapped Jos Buttler lbw for a two-ball duck as England were rocked out of their comfort zone. Ashwin dismissed Ben Stokes (21) with a return catch in the 75th over as England were reduced to 243 for seven.

They would have been all out a ball before the close if diving wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik had not dropped Sam Curran (24 not out) off Mohammed Shami when an edged chance was heading straight to Shikhar Dhawan at first slip.

Root reached the landmark - in England's 1,000th Test - when he reached 43 after lunch on the first day.

From round the wicket, he bowled Alastair Cook - England´s all-time leading Test run-scorer - for 13 with an excellent ball that pitched on middle and hit the top of off stump.

Dawid Malan had survived a leg before review before a similar appeal from Shami was upheld with him on eight and England were 112 for three.

With the visiting bowlers seemingly clueless in their attempts to break the partnership, it took a display of supreme athleticism from Indian skipper Virat Kohli to put an end to their 104-run stand and, yet again, deny Root a century.

"Overall, the fast bowlers bowled well too, and we combined well with him", said Shami.

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