India vs England, 1st Test: R Ashwin leads sensational Indian fightback

India vs England, 1st Test: R Ashwin leads sensational Indian fightback

India vs England, 1st Test: R Ashwin leads sensational Indian fightback

Joe Root's run out by opposing captain Virat Kohli sparked an England collapse against India on the opening day of the first Test at Edgbaston on Wednesday and may well have set the tone for the series after the tourists' skipper gave him a colourful and controversial send-off. After England, Australia have played the most Test matches (812), followed by West Indies (535), India (523), South Africa (427), New Zealand (426), Pakistan (415), Sri Lanka (274), Bangladesh (108), Zimbabwe (105).

It was a direct hit that did for a desperately-diving Root, with Kohli eagerly swooping on the nudged ball to the vacant square leg region and, in a moment of brilliance, sensationally throwing down the non-striker's stumps on the turn.

England reached stumps on 285-9, having been 216-3 before Root (80) was run out by Virat Kohli to prompt a collapse of 6-67. Behind Root as he walked back to the pavilion, Kohli celebrated by blowing a kiss, mouthing some fruity advice and putting his finger to his lips.

He also did the "mic drop" gesture in imitation of Root's celebration of his one-day series-clinching hundred against India at the batsman's Headingley home ground last month.

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One way Bairstow could have atoned for his part in denying Root a 14th Test century was to have gone to three figures himself. It was the pressure of the situation that had Ben Stokes soon after when he played a short ball off Ashwin back to the bowler.

That triggered the collapse which was scripted by Ashwin who finished with four wickets for 60 runs from 25 overs. "From our point of view, we've got (nearly) 300 on the board - and if we can come out and be pretty relentless in the way we go about hitting our areas, at some point tomorrow..., you don't actually know what a good score is until both sides have batted". Root and Keaton Jennings (42) had put up 72 runs for the second wicket and things were looking good for England. In the host country's 1,000th Test match, opener Keaton Jennings was dropped on nine but managed to add only 29 more runs before Mohammed Shami dismissed him for 38.

At lunch, England were 83 for one.

Shami eventually took the wicket of Jennings midway through the afternoon while Dawid Malan could only score eight before becoming the Indian's second victim of the day.

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