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ENGvIND: Four Wickets Down, England Struggles Against Team India

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| August 1 , 2018 , 22:24 IST

England skipper Joe Root won the toss and opted to bat against India in the opener of the five-Test match series at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

After opting to bat, England is now struggling to pile up runs as the Englishmen managed to score 112 runs for the loss of 3-wickets in 39 overs.

It was Indian Ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin who provided India it's 1st breakthrough in the form of opener Alastair Cook who looked in total discomfort and could only manage 13 runs before getting bowled.

Indian pace charger Mohammed Shami chipped in 2 wickets in quick succession as he bowled 9 overs giving 25 runs and picked up well-settled opener Keaton Jennings for a score of 42 and England's No.4 Dawid Malan who managed to score just 8 runs.

English Captain Joe Root looked dangerous as he completed his half-century. However, he fell prey to superb fielding from by skipper Virat Kohli who managed to get him run-out at 80.   

India with an aim for a bright start to the grueling and testing five-match Test series against hosts England had surprisingly left Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara out of the playing XI and brought in Lokesh Rahul to take his No.3 place. The change was brought in as Pujara did not look in good touch. Meanwhile, KL Rahul was in superior touch and already had scored a century in T20 series VS England.

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India also picked up four quick bowlers consisting of Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Hardik Pandya and Ravichandran Ashwin was picked up as the lone specialist spinner.

On the other hand, England had already announced their playing XI on Tuesday with leg-spinner Adil Rashid making his comeback to the longest format of Cricket after a two-year gap.

Squad:

India- Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma.

England- Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (Captain), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.