India vs England 2018, 1st Test, Day 2 Live Updates: Putting aside all the doubts around his form in the overseas conditions, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin produced one of his impactful performance outside the sub-continent as India reduced England to 285 for nine on the opening day of the first Test in Edgbaston on Day 1.
Ashwin (4/60) registered his best figures in Test cricket across South Africa, England and Australia as the hosts lost six wickets for 69 runs in the final session of play to find themselves in a precarious position after opting to bat. Joe Root (80 runs off 156 balls, 9x4s) scored an unbeaten 41st Test half-century, but the English innings completely got derailed after his dismissal.
At stumps, Sam Curran was batting on 24 with James Anderson for the company. In the final session of the day, India didn’t begin well with England progressing as Jonny Bairstow (70 off 88 balls, 9x4s) brought up his 18th Test half-century off 72 balls. In doing so, he put on 105 runs with Root for the fourth wicket. Root and Bairstow got their runs off only 138 balls as England crossed 200 in the 62nd over and were looking set for a strong total before things unravelled in the oddest fashion.
India XI: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.
England XI: Joe Root (C), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes.