England fast bowler James Anderson provided the breakthrough early in the first session of the fifth and final Test against India in Edgbaston.
Ben Stokes won the toss and put India in to bat first under typical cloudy English conditions. The ball was moving around and after a few plays and misses, Shubman Gill began middling the ball.
He scored two boundaries in Stuart Broad’s 3rd over, signaling his aggressive intent. Unfortunately, Anderson got the better of him at the right time for the Englishmen.
Anderson, who is returning after being rested for the 3rd Test against New Zealand, bowled a length ball right in the channel outside off and Gill went poking only to find an outside edge that was gobbled up by Zak Crawley at second slip.
Watch James Anderson dismiss Gill here:
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Meanwhile, India opted to pick Shardul Thakur over Ravichandran Ashwin, similar to what they had done on the previous tour. Cheteshwar Pujara was sent out to open with Gill in the absence of Rohit Sharma, who tested positive recently.
India (Playing XI): Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah(c)
England (Playing XI): Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes(c), Sam Billings(w), Matty Potts, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, James Anderson