India batter Cheteshwar Pujara fell victim to England’s veteran bowler James Anderson on day one of the fifth Test match being played at Edgbaston. India leads the five-match series 2-1 and needs to draw or win this Test to win their fourth series in England, while England needs nothing but a win to save face.
England captain Ben Stokes started off on the right note as he won the toss and chose to bowl first, saying that the England team prefers to chase the totals, something that did in daunting fashion against New Zealand recently, even chasing down 300 runs in 50 overs on the final day of a Test match.
Jasprit Bumrah became the 36th Indian Test captain and revealed that Cheteshwar Pujara and Shubman Gill will open the innings, while India went with four pacers and Ravindra Jadeja as the spin bowling all-rounder.
James Anderson and Stuart Broad started off proceedings for England, while Shubman Gill looked good in his short stay at the crease. He crunched 4 boundaries in his 17 runs before Anderson had him caught in slips as Gill tried to flirt with a wide ball, that he could’ve left alone.
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On the other hand, Cheteshwar Pujara continued to bat in his own style, biding away time and had made 13 runs in 46 balls with 3 fours to his name, with Hanuma Vihari coming in at the no.3 spot. Matthew Potts asked some tough questions as well.
However, Anderson was at his best, against Pujara. The Indian batter has fallen to Anderson three times in this series alone, and it became the fourth time when Anderson had him caught behind by Crawley.
Anderson bowled a perfect outswinger, which pitched a bit short and hit Pujara’s bat’s shoulder and flew into the slips, where it was pouched nicely.
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Pujara departs! James Anderson has dismissed both #TeamIndia openers 😯
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