|Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of the first Test between India and England as action unfurls at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.|
ENG 6/1 in 5 overs: Bumrah is virtually unplayable at the moment. Drive and you’re a goner as Bumrah continues to drill the ball in sharply. The ball angles in just enough to tempt the batters into uncertainty outside the off-stump. Crawley does well this time by keeping low and pushing forward the ball straight down the ground for a couple of runs.
ENG 2/1 in 4 overs: Shami with a couple of corkers! He gets the ball to tail in right outside the off-stump to test Sibley. Shami beats the edge again by a whisker and piles on the pressure on the two at the crease. A full ball gets Sibley to drive the ground off the last ball but Shardul Thakur does well to protect a boundary at mid-on.
ENG 1/1 in 3 overs: Bumrah continues to stun the batters with a strong line of attack. Some prodigious inward movement off the seam is on display as Crawley flinches away a couple of times. A gentle push down the ground helps him open England’s scoreboard to complete the over.
ENG 0/1 in 2 overs: England is yet to open its account. Shami is off to a top start as he gets some gentle ship away from Sibley. A couple of beauties outside the off-stump beats through Sibley as both seamers are troubling the batters from ball one.
Mohammed Shami from the other end
What a way to return to Test match cricket, BOOM! – Action Images via Reuters
ENG 0/1 in 1 over: Bumrah to Burns. OUT! Plumb in front! Over the wicket to start against the left-hander and Bumrah is on the money from ball one! A couple of deliveries move away from Burns before Bumrah surprises with a sharp nip-backer. The ball hits the length and straightens to move through Burns’ defense and there’s surely no doubts whatsoever for the umpire on that one. Cracking start for India and Bumrah. Rory Burns lbw b Bumrah 0 (5b)
England openers Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley at the crease. Bumrah with the Dukes for India.
Test Match cricket is back and here we go!
The teams line-up for the national anthem. England players wear T-shirts with a message: “Cricket is a game for everyone.” Moments away from the start.
England players with a fine message at the national anthem. – Action Images via Reuters
Well, well! That’s a bold call from Virat Kohli at the Toss as India’s premier spinner Ashwin is sacrificed for the sake of balance and a deeper batting line-up. Mohammed Siraj, the fiery seamer has a look in as well as Ishant Sharma is reported to have a minor injury concern.
TOSS: England wins the Toss, opts to bat first
Virat Kohli: Last time England chose to bowl first here, and we would have wanted to bat first as well. We would look to get in with the ball in the first session, and a few early breakthroughs will be handy. There is a bit of a change up top, KL Rahul comes in. Our bowling combination is: Bumrah, Shami, Thakur, Siraj and Jadeja as the spinner. You could call it an accumulation of all the hardwork we have put in over the years. The opportunity to win in England and Australia in the same year is rare. To get opportunities in such times to play and play in front of crowds as well, we are grateful.
India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah – Ashwin, Ishant misses out!
England Playing XI: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root(c), Jonny Bairstow, Daniel Lawrence, Jos Buttler(w), Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Joe Root: We’re going to bat first. It looks like a reasonable wicket, a little bit of movement. If we get off to a good start in the first hour, we could capitalize. Always exciting to play a big series like this. And hopefully we could perform really well. Jonny Bairstow comes back, Sam Curram comes in as well. It has been so long since we last played. Jack Leach unfortunately misses out; a very tough decision. You’ve got to pick the best team to pick 20 wickets. As you progress as a Test player, there comes the responsibility and there is an opportunity for the guys to take what Ben Stokes has left in his absence.
Moments away from a big Toss to start off proceedings for a long, gruelling series!
2:51 PM IS: UPDATE: Ishant Sharma seems to be out of the first Test at the moment. Not conclusive yet as we see Bumrah, Shami and Shardul having a brief run-ins in practice now. Jonny Bairstow is handed a special cap to commemorate his 75th Test for England.
2:46 PM IS: Beaming sunshine and Test cricket’s here.
Huddle, up and ready! – BCCI
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2:10PM IST: Records and stats
1:45 PM IS: The records in England have been against India for close to a decade now in Tests. Can Kohli’s men reinvent themselves to stage a historic series win?
It’s been over a month since India’s in the final of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC). While Kane Williamson’s New Zealand tasted success after an endless wait, Virat Kohli’s men quietly dispersed for a short break in the UK before regrouping in Durham for a brief practice stint.
India has had a torrid run in whites in England for nearly a decade now and Kohli’s men will be well aware of the stats and numbers before reigniting the second edition of the World Test Championship on Wednesday. The home side led by Joe Root, however, aren’t seemingly poised as the firm favourite this time. England’s batting lineup has been a pale shadow of its limited-overs self for some time now and Root will be aware of the challenge the Indian seamers can pose for his side if they get in the ‘zone’. Add to that the loss of the ‘Big Ben’ Stokes who will be out of the first two Tests at least as he opted for a break owing to mental health concerns.
Stokes’ absence could well be a key factor in tilting the cards slightly in India’s favour as the man is a proven tormentor with both bat and ball. With the absence of Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes due to injuries, a lot is riding on the veteran duo of Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad as well. Could it be a bit of a problem for the host? Yes, but young guns like Sam Curran and Mark Wood are well with a chance to stutter India – after all young Curran came to the fore and thumped India back in 2018 – so Kohli & Co. isn’t having it easy this time either.
The Indian batters were well exploited in the WTC final as the Kiwis exposed multiple chinks in each of them. A case to rise to the occasion is here as the stakes are high as always in England.
What’s at stake
- With the five-match Test series marking the commencement for the second edition of the WTC, the no.2 ranked Indian side will be taking on the fourth-ranked England side in a tussle for a total of 60 points – each Test win awarding 12 points, six for a tie and four for a draw.
- Besides the championship points at stake, India and England will be vying for the Pataudi Trophy that was established for the time in 2007 in honour of Iftikhar Ali Pataudi (the only player to feature for both England and India in Tests) and his son Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi who remains to date as India’s youngest-ever Test captain.
- The upcoming series marks the fifth edition of the Pataudi Trophy since 2007. Rahul Dravid’s Indian side won the inaugural edition before England dominated the next three series in 2011, 2014, 2018 – convincingly winning each of them.
The experts and pundits have had their say. Here are a few of them to keep you in the loop ahead of the series opener:
India Squad: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Siraj, Axar Patel, Wriddhiman Saha , Umesh Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Abhimanyu Easwaran
England Full Squad: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root(c), Jonny Bairstow, Daniel Lawrence, Jos Buttler(w), Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Craig Overton, Sam Curran, Jack Leach, Dominic Bess, Ollie Pope, Haseeb Hameed
WHERE TO WATCH IND VS ENG 1st TEST LIVE?
|The first Test between India and England will be shown LIVE on SONY SIX and SONY TEN 4 channels and streamed online on Sony LIV and Jio TV from 3.30 pm IST.|