India vs England 3rd Test: 5 Key Moments

England vs India 3rd test 1st day: Five key moments –  After winning the toss, England choose to bat at Mohali. The Indian bowlers did a great job in the first session by picking 4 four wickets in the first session. Bairstow, Ben Stokes and Buttler were brilliant with bat. At the end of day 1, England scored 268 for 8. Here we look at the five key moments of day

Four wickets in the first session put pressure on England batsmen

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England won the toss at Mohali and elected to bat. The Indian fast bowlers Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami bowled brilliantly with new ball beating the bat. Captain Cook was dropped by Ravindra Jadeja. Umesh Yadav picked the first wicket of Haseeb Hameed after a solid 32 runs stand for the first wicket. Jayant Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin picked 2 wickets in quick succession. Moeen Ali and Bairstow played well putting on 36 runs for the 4th wicket. Mohammad Shami picked the wicket of Moeen Ali before the lunch break. England scored 92 for 4.

England batsmen came back after lunch

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After the lunch break, Bairstow and Ben Stokes played attacking cricket not allowing the Indian bowlers to settle. Both batsmen put on 50 runs for the 5th wicket in 85 balls. Jonny Bairstow completed his half century. As things were looking good for England, Ravindra Jadeja picked the wicket of Ben Stokes. Jos Buttler who came in place of Ben Duckett showed aggressive intent. Buttler and Bairstow rescued the England innings with another 50 runs partnership for the sixth wicket. At the tea break, England scored 205 for 5 with 113 runs in the second session for the loss of only 1 wicket.

India coming back well in final session

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In the final session, Indian bowlers again showed discipline by bowling consistent line and length. Buttler was dismissed for 43. Bairstow who was looking good to score a century was dismissed by beautiful ball by Jayant Yadav. Before stumps, Umesh Yadav castled Chris Woakes. At the end of day 1, England was 268 for 8. In the final session, England scored 63 runs in 28 overs losing 3 wickets.

Bairstow fighting 89

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Bairstow came to the crease when England was struggling at 51 for 3. He showed great skills against the spinners and survived a stumping chance by Parthiv Patel. Bairstow and Ben Stokes scored runs at quick pace after lunch. He completed his half century in 89 balls. Bairstow played with excellent technique and was finally dismissed by Jayant Yadav for 89.

All Indian bowlers created pressure

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After losing the toss, the Indian fast bowlers did an excellent job despite 2 catches being dropped. Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav picked 1 wicket in the first session while Jayant Yadav and Ashwin took 1 each. When the partnership between Stokes and Bairstow was going, Jadeja broke through and took the important wicket of Stokes. Umesh Yadav, Jayant Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja picked 2 wickets each while Mohammad Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin shared 1 wicket each. It was an excellent performance by the Indian bowlers to restrict England 268 for 8.

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