England first Test: Curran rocks top-order, visitors 76/3 at lunch

England slump as India strike back in final session

England slump as India strike back in final session

England collapsed in the final session on day one of the first test against India, losing six wickets for 67 runs as they limped to the close on 285 for nine on Wednesday.

Viray Kohli was unbeaten on 9 and Ajinkya Rahane was 8 not out as they sought to fix the damage.

The skipper, who has been leading from the front in this contest from the moment he ran his counterpart Joe Root out and celebrated with the "mic down" gesture to taunt his rival, he has taken complete charge of India's fortunes.

The opening duo of Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan got the visitors off to a good start with Dhawan looking the more risky of the two despite some good bowling by Stuart Broad and James Anderson.

Vijay was solid as usual, leaving the ball well, while Dhawan looked to play down the ground.

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England won the one-day global series between the teams 2-1 and lost the Twenty20 competition by the same margin earlier this month. Curran hit the flawless length as first-change bowler and immediately trapped Vijay lbw in the 14th over.

Curran, on as first change, took three wickets for eight runs in eight balls to reduce India to 59 for three.

In his next over, Curran enticed an edge off opener Shikhar Dhawan (26), who was looking to drive a swinging ball, and Dawid Malan at second slip took the catch. Umpire Aleem Dar turned down the appeal but DRS overturned the decision as England finally got their breakthrough. Stokes was then unlucky again, as Malan put down Kohli on 51 again at second slip, albeit this was a tougher chance.

Ravichandran Ashwin (4/62) opened the bowling in the morning but couldn't get his fifth wicket, instead finishing with his best haul in Test cricket across South Africa, England and Australia.

Two balls later Curran dismissed KL Rahul for four via the batsman's ugly flat-bat drag-on.

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