England vs India: Ashwin strikes but England dominate first session
England begin the first session by building strong foundation for a big first innings score. They lost Alastair Cook on a peach of a delivery by Ravichandran Ashwin but Keaton Jennings and Joe Root ensured that there were no more hiccups for the home side. The score read 83 for the loss of one wicket at end of the morning session.
England skipper Joe Root won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first. Though conditions looked overcast, the surface looked perfect for batting. Indian skipper Virat Kohli said at the toss that he was thinking of bowling first anyway which was more of a mind game ploy by the Delhi boy as there was nothing in it for the bowlers once the game begun.
Ishant Sharma bowled well in the initial stages but was not supported well at the other end as Umesh Yadav leaked runs which nullified the pressure that was built from the other end. As a result, Kohli brought Ashwin to bowl in the seventh over itself and it paid off. He got rid off the veteran England opener Alastair Cook with a mind boggling delivery. England could have been easily two down if Ajinkya Rahane had clinched onto the catch of Keaton Jennings at fourth slip on the bowling of Ishant.
At end of the first session, Keaton Jennings and Joe Root were unbeaten on 38 and 31 respectively. They were surely the happier side going into the break. The visitors badly missed services of Bhuvneshwar Kumar as he would have been more effective then any other bowler in Indian ranks with the moving ball.
For India, Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammad Shami stood out with good accurate bowling. To avoid England from reaching a mammoth total, Indian bowlers need to pick wickets at regular intervals without giving away lose deliveries.
Brief scores: England 83/1 in 28 overs (Keaton Jennings 38*, Joe Root 31*, Ravichandran Ashwin 7-2-13-1)