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PHOTOS: England vs India, 1st Test, Day 1

Images from the first Test between England and India, in Nottingham, on Wednesday.

IMAGE: India pacer Jasprit Bumrah celebrates after dismissing England opener Rory Burns during Day 1 of the first Test, at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, on Wednesday. Photograph: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

India’s highly-rated fast bowlers were up to the task on the opening morning of the first Test, reducing England to 61 for 2 at lunch, in Nottingham, on Wednesday.

With the sun beating down on a packed Trent Bridge, Joe Root opted to bat on a dry pitch, which had a  decent covering of grass on top.

Jasprit Bumrah, who was not at his best during the World Test Championship final, was back in his element, trapping Rory Burns in front with a sharp inswinger in the first over of the match after setting him up with three out-swingers.

Bumrah bowled his heart out in his six-over spell, beating the batsmen multiples times. Mohammaed Shami, who bowled seven overs first up, also troubled Zak Crawley (27 off 68) and Dom Sibley (18 batting off 67) on a number of occasions, but, as it often happens with him in England, the outside edge eluded him.

India captain Virat Kohli celebrates after winning the review against Zak Crawley, who was caught behind by Rishabh Pant off Mohammed Siraj's bowling.

IMAGE: India’s captain Virat Kohli reacts after winning the review against Zak Crawley, who was caught behind by Rishabh Pant off Mohammed Siraj’s bowling. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

The pitch had enough for the pacers in the first hour of play with the ball swinging and seaming around.

Crawley, who averages little over 10 this year, batted well before being dismissed by Mohammad Siraj, who was picked ahead of Ishant Sharma.

After India wasted a review for a caught behind in the same over, Siraj finally induced an inside edge from Crawley’s bat and this time skipper Virat Kohli reviewed it successfully.

Dom Sibley bats during Day 1

IMAGE: Dom Sibley bats during Day 1. Photograph: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

With India going in with four pacers, Shardul Thakur came into the side, but the one spinner picked was Ravindra Jadeja, who did mot bowl in the first session.

Dropping premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was a big call as he was well-prepared for the series opener, his preparation including a county game.

Thakur, picked for his natural ability to swing the ball besides his lower-order batting, looked in good rhythm in the five overs he bowled.

Sibley survived a close leg before shout off Bumrah at the stroke of lunch, but Kohli resisted the temptation for another review and rightly so.

Twenty-five overs were bowled in the session, with skipper Joe Root (10 off 12) batting alongside Sibley at the break.


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