In a turnaround from Lord’s when India decimated England and were brimming with confidence ahead of the 3rd Test, England has made a resounding start as stalwart Jimmy Anderson and the rest of the England pace battery bowled India out for 78 – their third lowest score while batting first in a Test and ninth overall – in just 40.4 overs.
Rohit Sharma played the anchor role at one end but eventually fell for 19 off 105.
That was India’s highest individual score, as Kohli felt for and fell for an outside-off kisser from Anderson, who continues to torment the Indian captain. Anderson has dismissed Kohli 7 times in Test cricket now, as much as Australia’s Nathan Lyon.
Prior to this dismissal was the initial knock-out one-two from the veteran pacer, as he got rid of in-form KL Rahul for a duck in the first over itself, in similar fashion. Then came, and went, Cheteshwar Pujara, also done in by the one that was going away, reminding us of the horrors of the Adelaide test last year, where the Aussies bundled India out for an all-time low 36.
Sharma’s was the highest individual total in Indian innings followed by 18 runs from Ajinkya Rahane, which says quite a bit about how the others fared.
It is upto the bowlers now to stage a fight back, as the hosts were sailing at 21 without loss at tea.
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