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India had a good day at the office at Trent Bridge. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

England pegged back to finish the day on even note after what has been an improved batting effort by team India on day one of the third Test at Trent Bridge.

Meanwhile, England finished the morning session on a high after three crucial wickets from Chris Woakes at the fag end of the session. Meanwhile, India made three changes going into this to save the series. Shikhar Dhawan, who came into the first XI partnered KL Rahul to provide a solid start after Joe Root asked India to bat first on a cloudy morning at Trent Bridge.

The openers put on a gritty effort as they added 50 runs for the first wicket, their first of the series. However, against the run of play,  Woakes struck thrice to put India on backfoot.

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The visitors once again pegged back in second innings banking on a solid performance from Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. The duo dominated the proceedings as England bowlers failed to extract any assistance from the pitch. The pair added 159 runs for the fourth wicket as India went to tea without losing a wicket.

Kohli and Rahane both completed their half-centuries and for the first time looked comfortable against English pacers.

ENG vs IND 2018: 3rd Test, Day 1: Twitter Reacts as Teams Share Opening Day Honours
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However, the over-confidence of Rahane hurt India as he edged one while driving a ball outside the off. Alastair Cook, positioned at first slip completed an outstanding one-handed catch. Kohli, who looked gritty throughout his knock was soon to follow, three short of another magical hundred. He tried to drive a tossed up delivery from Adil Rashid only to edge it to the hands of Ben Stokes at slips.

Since then, Hardik Pandya and debutant Rishabh Pant looked settled playing their natural cricket. The young southpaw became the first Indian batsmen to open his account with a magnificent six off Adil Rashid.

However, England struck again courtesy James Anderson to remove Pandya as the umpires called it for the day. The players went back to the dressing room at 307 for the loss of six wickets.

Here is how the Twitter reacted on Day one of the third Test between England and India at Trent Bridge:


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