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England reach 78-1 at lunch on 1st day vs India

Cook unbeaten on 48 as England reach 78-1 at lunch on 1st day of third test vs India

England captain Alastair Cook hits a shot during the first day of the third cricket test match of the series between England and India at The Ageas Bo...
England's Sam Robson watches as he is caught out by Ravindra Jadeja, left, during the first day of the third cricket test match of the series between ...
India's Mohammed Shami celebrates taking the wicket of England's Sam Robson during the first day of the third cricket test match of the series between...
India's Mohammed Shami, left, celebrates taking the wicket of England's Sam Robson during the first day of the third cricket test match of the series ...

Britain England India Cricket

England captain Alastair Cook hits a shot during the first day of the third cricket test match of the series between England and India at The Ageas Bo...

Britain England India Cricket

England's Sam Robson watches as he is caught out by Ravindra Jadeja, left, during the first day of the third cricket test match of the series between ...

Britain England India Cricket

India's Mohammed Shami celebrates taking the wicket of England's Sam Robson during the first day of the third cricket test match of the series between...

Britain England India Cricket

India's Mohammed Shami, left, celebrates taking the wicket of England's Sam Robson during the first day of the third cricket test match of the series ...

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) -- England captain Alastair Cook was dropped by Ravindra Jadeja on 15 before reaching lunch unbeaten on 48, with England 78-1 at the interval on day one of the third test against India at the Rose Bowl on Sunday.

Cook edged debutant Pankaj Singh to Jadeja at third slip, with the ball at knee height but he spilled it as he hit the ground.

It should have been Singh's first test match wicket.

But Jadeja did not repeat his error when Cook's fellow opener, Sam Robson, outside edged Mohammed Shami toward him for 26 and India's breakthrough.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Cook nearly began the session in the worst possible manner. He nicked the first ball of the day from Bhuvneshwar Kumar toward the slips, but it did not carry.

Gary Ballance (4) is at the crease with Cook.

India, which leads the five-match series 1-0, made two changes from the second test at Lord's. Rohit Sharma and Singh have replaced Stuart Binny and Ishant Sharma, who is injured.

England made three changes after its 95-run defeat in the second test. Jos Buttler replaced Matt Prior as wicketkeeper, while Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan replaced Liam Plunkett and Ben Stokes in England's bowling attack.


Updated : 2021-05-12 05:26 GMT+08:00