3rd Test, Live: Chris Woakes Reduces India To 82/3 At Lunch On Day 1

All-rounder Chris Woakes cleaned up the top order as India ended the morning session on Day 1 of the third Test with 82 for three on the scoreboard. Cheteshwar Pujara was the final wicket of the session, who got out after playing a horrible shot in the final over just before lunch. After winning the toss, England skipper Joe Root invited India to bat first on a pitch that had plenty of fresh grass on it. The new opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul provided India with a solid start. Both the openers negotiated the new ball pretty well, frustrating the England pacers. Throughout the most part of the morning session there were plenty of plays and misses but both Indian openers kept their wickets intact. With just about forty minutes to go into lunch, Dhawan was caught fishing outside his off-stump as edged a Chris Woakes delivery to give England their first breakthrough. KL Rahul followed Dhawan soon as he was caught right in front of the stumps. Post the quick dismissals, skipper Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara steadied the Indian ship. In the final over before lunch Pujara played a ridiculous shot handling Woakes and England their third wicket. (LIVE SCORECARD)

3rd Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham, Aug 18, 2018

  • ENG

    52%

  • IND

    98/3 (31.0)

    35%

Day 1 | Post Lunch Session

CRR: 3.16

  • Virat Kohli11 (25)
  • Ajinkya Rahane9 (12)
  • Stuart Broad 22/0 (8)
  • Chris Woakes 28/3 (9)

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Live updates of India vs England, 3rd Test, Day 1, straight from Trent Bridge, Nottingham

18:26 IST: FOUR! Pure timing! Gentle push down the ground from Rahane and the ball races through to the long-off boundary for four runs. A full length ball from Woakes and Rahane timed it to perfection. IND 94-3 after 30.2 overs.

18:20 IST: Another tidy over Chris Woakes comes to an end. Just two runs from it. Both Indian batsmen pretty watchful at the moment, leaving all the ball outside the off-stump. IND 86-3 after 29 overs.

18:14 IST: First runs for India in the post-lunch session. Virat Kohli taps the ball down to third vacant third man region for a couple of runs. IND 84-3 after 27.3 overs.

18:11 IST: Welcome back! Skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Aninkya Rahane are at the centre to start the post-lunch session for India. Chris Woakes will resume the proceedings for England. Two dot balls to finish the over.

Lunch Break – India 82 for the loss of three wickets after 26.4 overs.

17:31 IST: OUT! Horrendous shot from Cheteshwar Pujara. Short ball, Pujara goes for it and puts it straight into the hands of Adil Rashid at deep fine leg boundary. Umpires have called for Lunch break IND 82-3 after 26.4 overs.

17:24 IST: Review from England. Original decision is not out. Big stride from Virat Kohli saves him this time as the impact is outside the line. Stuart Broad is in displeasure. IND 82-2 after 25.1 overs.

17:23 IST: Another Chris Woakes over comes to an end. Both Pujara and Virat pretty watchful at the moment. IND 82-2 after 25 overs.

17:12 IST: FOUR! Classic cover drive from Cheteshwar Pujara. Leans on to the delivery from Woakes and times it to perfection. IND 72-2 after 22.3 overs.

17:04 IST: OUT! Review from India. Original decision is out. The umpire decision stays. Replay clearly shows that the ball was hitting leg stump. KL Rahul walks back as India lose both openers. Beautiful seeming delivery from Chris Woakes. IND 65-2 after 21 overs.

16:58 IST: FOUR! First boundary for Cheteshwar Pujara. Ben Stokes drifts on to the pads and Pujara flicks the ball through fine-leg boundary for four runs. IND 65-1 after 19.3 overs.

16:52 IST: OUT! Chris Woakes draws first blood. The ball was angled across and Dhawan (35) falls for it. Edged and a simple catch taken by Jos Buttler at second slip. IND 60-1 after 18.4 overs.

16:42 IST: FOUR and 50-run partnership comes up for India. Out-swinging ball from Chris Woakes and that was a glorious cover drive from KL Rahul. IND 51-0 after 16.1 overs.

16:40 IST: FOUR! Width from Ben Stokes and Dhawan yet again dispatches it through covers for four runs. IND 47-0 after 15.4 overs.

16:34 IST: Drinks break. IND 43-0 after 15 overs.

16:30 IST: One hour of the morning session has gone by and India have not lost any wicket yet. This is a brilliant start from both KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan. Rahul is batting on 10 while Dhawan has moved on to the score of 30. IND 42-0 after 14 overs.

Fact – This is for the first time Indian openers have lasted 10 or more overs on the first morning of a Test outside Asia since Brisbane 2014

16:18 IST: FOUR! Dhawan is looking good now. Another bad ball from Stokes and Dhawan pounces on to it. Slaps it through extra-cover region for four runs. IND 39-0 after 11.2 overs.

16:09 IST: FOUR! Dhawan welcomes Stokes in style. Second ball of the over is short and wide from Stokes and Dhawan slaps it through cover region for a boundary. IND 31-0 after 9.2 overs.

16:07 IST: First bowling change for England. Ben Stokes replaces Stuart Broad. IND 26-0 after 9 overs.

16:03 IST: So, eight overs have gone by and this has been a really good start from the Indian openers. Both Dhawan and Rahul have been really cautious but have also punished the bad balls from the England seamers. Last over from Broad produced two boundaries. IND 25-0 after 8 overs.

15:51 IST: FOUR! Just a push from KL Rahul and the ball races through the point boundary for a four. Broad was just wide and Rahul pounced onto it. IND 16-0 after 5.1 overs.

15:47 IST: FOUR! First boundary of the morning for India. Onto the pads from Anderson and Dhawan flicks it through back-foot square leg for a boundary.  IND 8-0 after 4.3 overs.

15:45 IST: Beaten! Round the wicket tactic is working for Broad. The ball was angled in, pitches and the then straightens. Dhawan was drawn into the ball, gets beaten. IND 3-0 after 3.4 overs.

15:37 IST: First over from Stuart Broad is a maiden. There was some movement off the seam for Broad in the first over. IND 2-0 after 2 overs.

15:35 IST: Four slips for Stuart Broad as well. No gully at the moment. KL Rahul leaves the first ball comfortably.

15:34 IST: Dot ball to finish the first over from James Anderson. Two runs from it. Stuart Broad will share the new ball from the other end.  IND 2-0 after 1 over.

15:30 IST: Shikhar Dhawan and India are off the mark with a couple of runs. Anderson drifts on to the pads and Dhawan flicks to square-leg for two runs. IND 2-0 after 0.2 overs.

15:28 IST: So, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul are at the centre to open for India. Yet another change in the opening slot for the visitors. James Anderson will start the proceedings for England.

15:20 IST: Just 10 minutes to go for the first ball.

15:04 IST: England have also made one change in their team. Playing XI – Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

15:04 IST: Three changes in the playing XI for India. Team – KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.

15:01 IST: England skipper Joe Root wins the toss and opts to field first.

14:55 IST: A lot of fresh grass on the pitch along with a tinge of brown and dry grass. On Days 1,2 and 3, the seamers will enjoy but spin will come into play later on. A pitch like this will suit India and help them take 20 wickets.

14:45 IST: Here’s a look at the pitch on Day 1. What would you do?

14:40 IST: What a moment! Rishabh Pant makes his Test debut for India.

14:30 IST: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Day 1 of the third Test at Trent Bridge.

India will be hungry to keep themselves alive in the five-match Test series against hosts England when they square-off in the third Test at the Trent Bridge. After losing the first two matches, India face a must-win situation. India gave a very good fight before losing the first Test by 31 runs in Birmingham. In the second Test, they were outplayed by an innings and 159 runs at Lord’s, succumbing within three days. The Indian team management’s major responsibility on Saturday would be to find a perfect team combination as players are going through fitness and out of form issues. India’s playing eleven is likely to witness few changes with Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant all set to make his Test debut replacing Dinesh Karthik, who has failed miserably so far in the tour, with scores of 0, 20, 1 and 0 in his four innings. Meanwhile, media reports suggest skipper Kohli has more or less recovered from his back problem and is expected to lead his side once again. Also, if opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan returns on Saturday, either Lokesh Rahul or Murali Vijay will be axed from the playing eleven.

Coming to the bowling department, with pacer Jasprit Bumrah having fully recovered from a finger injury and coach Ravi Shastri admitting his side should have dropped chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav at Lord’s, the Gujarat right-armer is likely find a place in the team. And with the forecast being a cloudy first four days, it seems difficult for Kuldeep to make a cut because of the seam-friendly condition.

However, with Umesh Yadav, who was dropped at Lord’s Test for Kuldeep, the skipper would have to make a choice between him and Bumrah. Pacers Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami, along with off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin are guaranteed to feature in the bowling department.

On the other hand, England captain Joe Root on Friday confirmed that all-rounder Ben Stokes will return to the side replacing young seamer Sam Curran.

However, with the pitch condition different from the last time and conditions too, the visitors’ first task will be to find a balanced team combination in a do-or-die situation. Play fantasy league and win cash daily 

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