Kohli, Rahane slam fifties to guide India to 307 for six

Nottingham: Skipper Virat Kohli (97) and his deputy Ajinjkya Rahane (81) put on 159-run partnership for the fourth wicket to guide India to 307 for six on Day 1 of the third Test against hosts England at Trent Bridge on Saturday.

Joe Root’s decision to bowl under a bit of cloud apparently backfired as the duo recovered Indian innings after they lost three wickets with only 82 runs on the scoreboard. Resuming the second session at 82/3 on a surface, which started to settle down under the sun, Kohli and Rahane played out the initial few overs from the pacers with utmost caution before cutting loose as soon as leg-spinner Adil Rashid was brought into the attack.

At 307/6 at stumps on day one of the third Test at Trent Bridge, with the debutant Rishabh Pant looking very comfortable on 22 off 32 balls. Earlier, Pant opened his Test account with a six to become first Indian batsman to do so. India made three changes to their playing XI by bringing back opener Shikhar Dhawan in place of Murali Vijay and including Jasprit Bumrah in the team apart from handing debut to the wicketkeeper-batsman Pant.

Brief scores: India 307 for six in 87 overs (Kohli 97, Rahane 81; Woakes 3/75) vs England.

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