Mohammad Siraj picks up his first wicket: The much anticipated test series between India and England has started and the arch-rivals are currently squaring off at Trent Bridge in the first match. The first test was off to a cracking start as the hosts were reduced to 0 for 1 after just 5 deliveries. After that, however, England were able to regain momentum thanks to a much-needed responsible partnership between Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley.
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Unfortunately for England, it was not to last as India’s Mohammad Siraj striked soon and dismissed in-form Zak Crawley who got caught behind by Rishabh Pant. Mohammad Siraj has lately been in a tremendous form ever since his test debut against Australia. This wicket will definitely add to his confidence which will benefit him in the series.
Having won the toss, England chose to bat first. A very wise decision indeed given the early hints by English pacer James Anderson that they will be going for a green top pitch as they have the home advantage. If so, it will be difficult for the Indian batsmen to face England’s deadly pace attack in the second innings and that is exactly what English captain Joe Root had in his mind. It is now to see whether India can learn from the mistakes that England are committing in the first innings.
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India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah – Ashwin, Ishant misses out!
England Playing XI: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root(c), Jonny Bairstow, Daniel Lawrence, Jos Buttler(w), Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, James Anderson