ENG vs IND: The much-awaited England vs India five-match Test series kickstarted earlier today with the first Test in Nottingham. After losing the toss and being asked to field first, the Virat Kohli-led Indian team started off their England tour with a remarkable start. However, England have made a fine comeback in the second session on Day 1.
After losing the wickets of Rory Burns and Zak Crawley, England did not get off to the best of starts in the second session of the day. English opener Dominic Sibley got dismissed in just the third over after lunch as he fell into a trap playing straight in the hands of the fielder placed at short mid-wicket. The England batsman managed to score just 18 runs before getting out to India pacer Mohammed Shami. However, the experienced pair of skipper Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow then resurrected the England innings with an excellent 72-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Both Root and Bairstow looked in complete control against this quality Indian bowling attack and did not give much of opportunities to the opposition. In the meanwhile, Joe Root also surpassed Sir Alastair Cook to become England’s leading run-scorer in international cricket. The England captain remained unbeaten after scoring an amazing fifty before the Tea break on Day 1 as the hosts finished the session at 138 for 4 with Bairstow getting out of the last ball.
The honours of the first and second session on Day 1 in the first Test match was eventually shared amongst the two teams. Both the teams will now be eyeing to end the day on a high. For India, the key will be to first get the big wicket of England captain and then test the English lower-order batting. On the other hand, England will be aiming to put up a challenging total on the scoreboard with not losing much of wickets in the final session.
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