England vs India 1st Test Day 1: Ashwin leads India’s fightback after Root and Bairstow shine

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Ravichandran Ashwin ended the day with figures of 4-60 off 25 overs

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England captain Joe Root and batsman Jonny Bairstow scored 80 and 70 respectively, but India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin spearheaded his side’s comeback on the opening day at Edgbaston as he took a four-wicket haul.

Opting to bat first, England didn’t get off to the best of starts as opener Alastair Cook was clean bowled by Ashwin for 13.

Root and Keaton Jennings made up for the early loss of Cook with a 72-run partnership before Jennings was cleaned up by Mohammed Shami for 42 in unlucky fashion.

Even though Shami took out Dawid Malan shortly after, Root and Bairstow stabilised the innings with a 104-run stand, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries.

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Jonny Bairstow scored his 18th Test fifty

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Root ended up making 80 off 156 balls, which included nine boundaries, before he was run out by India captain Virat Kohli.

During his knock, Root etched his name in the record books as he became the fastest England player to amass 6,000 Test runs, needing 127 innings to do so. Cook held the previous record as he took 131 innings to bring up the milestone.

As for Bairstow, he went on to score 70 off 88 deliveries, which also included nine boundaries, before he was clean bowled by Umesh Yadav.

Jos Buttler fell the very next over, while Ben Stokes mustered 21 runs before being caught and bowled by Ashwin.

Adil Rashid made 13 before being trapped lbw off the bowling of Ishant Sharma, while Stuart Broad only scored one run before suffering the same fate, but only off the bowling of Ashwin.

Despite England losing a flurry of wickets, India could not bowl the hosts out as Sam Curran and James Anderson managed to forge an unbeaten two-run partnership before stumps was called.

Curran finished on 24 off 67 balls, which included three boundaries, while Anderson has yet to get off the mark.

Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Shami took two, and Ishant and Yadav chipped in with one wicket apiece.

England ended day one on 285/9 and will continue batting on Thursday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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