Rishabh Pant hit a century and was out for 146 (caught Crawley and Bowled Joe Root) as India fought back against England on Day 1 of the ongoing fifth Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
India were reeling at 98 for five before Pant and Jadeja provided impetus to India’s innings. The partnership between the two has crossed the 200-run mark, with Jadeja also scoring his fifty.
Earlier, James Anderson and Matthew Potts had kept India on tenterhooks by taking three and two wickets, respectively. England captain Ben Stokes had earlier won the toss and opted to bowl in the rescheduled fifth Test against India at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Friday.
Ravindra Jadeja got the nod ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin for the game. On the other hand, Cheteshwar Pujara opened the batting for India in the absence of Rohit Sharma but scored just 13 runs before becoming the victim of James Anderson. Virat Kohli’s poor form continued as he scored 11 runs before losing his wicket to Matty Potts.
Notably, Jasprit Bumrah leads the Indian side after Rohit Sharma tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday once again. England are in red-hot form as they defeated New Zealand 3-0 recently by playing an attacking brand of cricket under Ben Stokes.
India: Jasprit Bumrah(c),Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj,
England: Ben Stokes(c), Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings(w), Matty Potts, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, James Anderson