The story of the opening day of the first Test between England and India
England lost six wickets in the evening session at Edgbaston.
Yorkshire Day suddenly fell flat for England at Edgbaston as Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root’s high hopes were dashed against India.
England were on course for a substantial first-innings total while Root (80) and his fellow Yorkshireman Bairstow (70) were sharing a fourth-wicket stand of 104 in only 23 overs.
But just as the hosts threatened to dominate their 1,000th Test, Bairstow’s over-adventure cut Root off in his prime – run out, once more short of a 14th Test century which has eluded him for the past year – and Ravi Ashwin finished with four for 60 as England folded to an underwhelming 285 for nine at stumps.
It was all going so well…
England kept Ashwin at bay initially, after the pitch offered him unexpected early turn, and they looked sure to cash in on the good work. Their instinctive intent to dominate whenever possible is often laudable. But here, one mistake left them vulnerable again, and India were not about to pass up the opportunity.
Tweet of the day
With only 10 overs gone I bet both teams will be regretting they didn’t select their 2nd spinner! #ENGIND— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) August 1, 2018
Drop of the day
A toss-up between Colin Graves and Ajinkya Rahane. The crowd groaned when the England and Wales Cricket Board chairman put down the commemorative plaque presented by match referee Jeff Crowe on behalf of the International Cricket Council before start of play in the hosts’ 1,000th Test. Rahane’s mishap in the slips was slightly more costly, Keaton Jennings surviving on nine out of his eventual 42.
Kohli could be in trouble
The India captain pulled off a brilliant piece of fielding to see off his opposite number Root. But Virat Kohli is a cricketer who often gets caught up in the moment, and he did not hold back with his celebrations. It remains to be seen what match referee Jeff Crowe makes of the footage at his disposal.
Ball of the day
The pitch is a beauty for Test Cricket ... A bit in it for everyone ... England will be disappointed to have lost so many wickets but still think plenty is happening for the bowlers ... #OnOn— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 1, 2018
No contest here, and Alastair Cook was the unfortunate batsman on the receiving end. Ashwin, on for only the seventh over despite being the only spinner chosen by India, struck in his second with a perfect off-break from round the wicket which beat the left-hander’s forward-defence and took the off bail.
Stat of the day
Root is the quickest Englishman, in time since debut rather than innings, to reach 6,000 Test runs – surpassing Cook by doing so in five years and 231 days.
England must restate their case after shooting themselves in the foot.