India was able to bounce back in the final session as they picked six wickets in the final session on the opening day of the fifth Test match against England. Indian bowlers showed great resistance as they didn’t let the hosts off the hook.

Meanwhile, England got off to a cautious start as Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings put together the maiden opening fifty run stand for the hosts in this series. Keaton Jennings played a leg glance straight to leg slip, KL Rahul, who was put there only for that shot. England got to Lunch on 68 for one.

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Ishant Sharma celebrates Jonny Bairstow’s wicket. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

It was India’s day.

India had two chances to send back Moeen Ali and Alastair Cook right after the Lunch break. Subsequently, Cook was handed a second life by Ajinkya Rahane when the Indian deputy failed to hang on to a low catch, off Jasprit Bumrah. Cook was on 37 runs at that time.

In fact, another chance went begging when Virat Kohli could not hold on to a tough catch. Mohammad Shami was the unlucky bowler as he bowled at the top of his game. However, the outside edge of England batsmen eluded him.

Meanwhile, Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali continued to score their runs at a tortoise speed. The southpaw pair scored 55 runs in the post-lunch session. In fact, the left-handed pair put together an alliance of 63 runs in almost forty overs.

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Alastair Cook. (Credits – Getty)

However, Indian bowlers remained patient as they kept hitting the right areas. Cook inside edge found the stumps and the veteran batsman took the long walk back to the pavilion. England captain Joe Root stay at the crease was short-lived when he could not tackle an inswinger from Bumrah.

Indian bowlers kept digging in.

England gloveman Jonny Bairstow continued his horror show with the bat as his outside edge was taken by Pant as Ishant Sharma joined his pace partner, Bumrah into the party.

Furthermore, Ben Stokes could not put bat to an innocuous half volley from Jadeja. Thus, he was plumbed in front. On the other hand, Moeen Ali crawled to his fifty from 167 balls, his slowest in England shirt.

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Jasprit Bumrah celebrates a wicket. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Subsequently, India’s pack leader Ishant Sharma produced a two-wicket over to put India’s noses in front. Moeen Ali finally outside edged one after playing and missing a plethora of deliveries. However, India was also able to get rid of Sam Curran who has breathed down India’s bowler’s neck. The 20-year old was trying to leave the ball when the ball kissed his bat into Pant’s glove.

Jos Buttler survived two close calls when the decisions were reversed after they went upstairs. England finished the day at 198 for seven on a pitch which is paradise for the batsmen as there is nothing much in it for the bowlers. Thus, it was India’s day.

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