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The story of the opening day of the first Test between England and India

England lost six wickets in the evening session at Edgbaston.

India enjoyed the better of the opening day at Edgbaston (Nick Potts/PA)
India enjoyed the better of the opening day at Edgbaston (Nick Potts/PA)

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…

Joe Root is run out for 80 (Nick Potts/PA)

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

Drop of the day

Colin Graves made a gaffe at Edgbaston (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

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

Virat Kohli gave Root a send-off following his dismissal (Nick Potts/PA)

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

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.

What next?

Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates one of his four wickets (Nick Potts/PA)

England must restate their case after shooting themselves in the foot.

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