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by Manuj Sharma Saturday 26 November 2016
England 268-8 (Bairstow 89) v IndiaThird Test, Mohali, day oneScorecard
Jonny Bairstow's 89 was the only silver lining for England in their first innings as the Indian bowlers came up with a collective effort to restrict the visitors to 268 for eight at stumps on day one of the third Test in Mohali.
England won their second toss of the series and as expected decided to bat first. Jos Buttler replaced out of form Ben Duckett while Chris Woakes and Garety Batty was drafted in the place of injured Stuart Broad and Zafar Ansari.
For India, Karun Nair was handed a debut replacing Lokesh Rahul, who suffered an injury while Parthiv Patel made a comeback after eight years.
In the third over of the day, Alastair Cook (27) was dropped by Ravindra Jadeja (2-56) and the England captain soon raced to run-a-ball 23 with five boundaries in it.
Haseeb Hameed (9) was a victim of Umesh Yadav's (2-58) ripper of a delivery that had a sharp bounce and was caught in the slips. In the next over, Cook got his second chance when Ravichandran Ashwin (1-43) dropped him at midwicket. Both his chances came off Mohammad Shami (1-52) bowling.
England completed the first hour with a score of 51 for one.
The very first delivery after drinks, Joe Root (15) was trapped LBW by Jayant Yadav (2-49) and in the next over Cook's luck ran out when he edged Ashwin delivery to the keeper.
The wickets continued to tumble as Moeen Ali (16) pulled one to throat of deep fine leg off Shami. England went into lunch at 92 for four.
Bairstow (89) and Ben Stokes (29) kept the Indian bowlers at bay with solid stroke making, not for the first time in the series.
They brought their 50-run stand off 85 deliveries but Jadeja had Stokes stumped to further dent England's revival.
However, Bairstow completed his fifty off 76 deliveries and was well supported by Jos Buttler (43) as the pair took England to 205 for five with their 50-run stand.
Both Bairstow and Buttler added 69 runs for the sixth wicket as England went past the 200-run mark.
However, late strikes in the day allowed India seize the advantage. Bairstow was trapped LBW by Jayant while Buttler was caught at short cover off Jadeja.
Umesh capped off a fantastic day for India by removing Chris Woakes (25) in the penultimate over as England reached 268 for eight at stumps.
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