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