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on yes­ter­day. Score­board at stumps on the open­ing day of the third Test be­tween In­dia and Eng­land at Mo­hali 27 9 15 16 89 29 43 25 4 0

stay, his fifty. While trudg­ing back to the pav­il­ion Stokes had an an­gry ex­change of words with In­dia skip­per Vi­rat Kohli, with the on-field um­pire jump­ing in to pacify the two play­ers.

“I don’t know what was said, I don’t get in­volved with all that stuff,” said Bairstow.

“You got to re­spect the fact that you have got guys out there who are very pas­sion­ate, rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try in the heat of the battle and at some point there are go­ing to be words.” Bairstow and Buttler put on 69 runs for the sixth wicket to give Eng­land a shot of get­ting past the 300-run mark, a to­tal which might prove fight­ing on a pitch that is ex­pected to turn from day two. Chris Woakes’ re­silience ended in the penul­ti­mate over of the day as Umesh Ya­dav bowled him on 25.

Ear­lier the In­dian bowlers rat­tled Eng­land’s

Ex­tras (b 8, lb 2, nb 1) 11 To­tal (8 wick­ets, 90 overs) 268 Fall of wick­ets: 1-32 (Hameed), 2-51 (Root), 3-51 (Cook), 4-87 (Ali), 5-144 (Stokes), 6-213 (Buttler), 7-258 (Bairstow), 8-266 (Woakes) Bowl­ing: Shami 20-5-52-1, U. Ya­dav 16-4-58-2, J. Ya­dav 15-5-49-2, Ash­win 18-1-43-1, Jadeja 21-3-56-2. To bat: J. An­der­son In­dia: V. Kohli (capt), M. Vi­jay, K. Nair, C. Pu­jara, A. Ra­hane, P. Pa­tel, R. Ash­win, J. Ya­dav, R. Jadeja, M. Shami, U. Ya­dav

top or­der by claim­ing four wick­ets in the morn­ing ses­sion in­clud­ing that of skip­per Alas­tair Cook. The In­dian quicks bowled at a lively pace af­ter the vis­i­tors elected to bat as Umesh Ya­dav struck first to get teenage opener Haseeb Hameed out for nine. Cook failed to cap­i­talise on two dropped chances on three and 23 to even­tu­ally fall to Ravichan­dran Ash­win, who had dropped him the sec­ond time, for 27.

“In cricket, it hap­pens. Team­mates will take bril­liant catches and drop some easy ones. It’s part and par­cel of the game,” said Umesh Ya­dav. Ali and Bairstow put on 36 runs for the fourth wicket but Shami struck just be­fore lunch to help In­dia dom­i­nate the first ses­sion of play. Shami, who was at the re­ceiv­ing end of Cook’s two spilt catches, got Ali to mist­ime a hook as the bats­man was caught at fine leg for 16. —AFP

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