Ashwin’s heroics turn Day 1 in India’s favour

Tweaker takes 4/60 - his best figures in Tests across South Africa, England and Australia.

Birmingham: Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin produced one of his impactful performances outside the sub-continent as India reduced England to 285 for nine on the opening day of the first cricket Test, on Wednesday.

Ashwin (4/60) registered his best figures in Test cricket across South Africa, England and Australia as the hosts lost six wickets for 69 runs in the final session of play to find themselves in a precarious position after opting to bat. Ashwin’s figures were also 4th best for an Indian spinner on Day 1 of a tour outside Asia.

Joe Root (80 runs off 156 balls, 9x4s) scored an unbeaten 41st Test half-century, but the English innings completely got derailed after his dismissal. At stumps, Sam Curran was batting on 24 with James Anderson for company. In the final session of the day, India didn’t begin well with England progressing as Jonny Bairstow (70 off 88 balls, 9x4s) brought up his 18th Test half-century off 72 balls. In doing so, he put on 105 runs with Root for the fourth wicket.

Moeen and Porter released from England Test squad

Birmingham: Moeen Ali and James Porter have been released from the England Test squad and they are now free to participate in this week’s T20 Blast matches for Worcestershire and Essex respectively. The two players were initially named in England’s 13-man squad for the opening game of the five-match Test series against India at Edgbaston here. Porter will now have to wait longer to make his Test debut.

Virat Kohli celebrates Root’s dismissal with mic-drop gesture

Birmingham: Virat Kohli’s animated send off to his counterpart Joe Root’s dismissal added a dash of drama to the proceedings on the opening day of the first cricket Test between India and England, here on Wednesday. It was Kohli’s send-off to Root that caught attention. Root was looking set to get a big one but a brilliant piece of fielding from Kohli saw the right-hander getting run-out for 80. Root tried to steal a second run off Ravichandran Ashwin but Kohli ran quickly, picked up the ball and threw it in one swift motion to knock down the stumps with a direct hit. Kohli celebrated the dismissal with a ‘mic-drop’ send-off, something Root had done after guiding England to a 2-1 ODI series win against India last month.

(With inputs from PTI)

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