Alastair Cook’s new opening partner Jennings hit a century in his first innings. He was the fifth England opener after Trott, Prior, Strauss & Cook. England is in the strong position after Jennings’ century. Karun Nair gave a life to Jennings when he was on 0, Nair enable to hold a tough catch in the gully on UT Yadav 143ml/h delivery. He filled in the gully in place of gully specialist Rahane who ruled out from the match after finger broke in the morning.
In the morning England captain Cook won the toss and choose to bat first on a spinning track. India is 2-0 up in the series already. Cook & Jennings gave England a solid start. Both of them added 99 on board before Cook dismissed on Jadeja over. He made 46 runs. England were 117/1 at lunch.
After the lunch Jennings and Root added 19 runs, Root was caught by Kohli on Ashwin’s over. Moin Ali completed his half century before the departure. Ali and Jennings added 94 runs. Moin Ali was also out by Ashwin. In the same over Jennings is also caught by Pujara on Ashwin delivery. The last wicket of the day falls on Ashwin’s Over. England wicket-keeper batsmen Bairstow caught by UT Yadav on 14.
At the end of the today play Stokes(25*) and Buttler(18*) looking solid as ever.
Ashwin took 4 wickets on day 1. He passed the Jawagal Srinath(236 wickets) after Moin Ali wicket.Now Ashwin becomes the 7th highest wicket taker for India.
Meanwhile, umpire PR Reiffel is replaced by M Erasmus as the on-field umpire. He had to be taken to the hospital after being struck on the back of his head by a Bhuvneshwar Kumar throw. The Australian umpire, who underwent a CT scan, was said to be fine.