The opening day of the first Test match between England and India at Edgbaston was surely a roller coaster ride and full of emotions as the visitors got the better of the day and ended on top.
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England started the proceedings pretty well, losing just a single wicket in the first session, but later succumbed to the brilliant efforts of the Indian bowlers.
England’s skipper Joe Root and wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow played some crucial knocks as they were looking to take England to a higher score.
But a brilliant comeback in the final session by the Indian bowlers took the momentum away from the Brits as they kept losing wickets in close intervals.
It was a stunning spell from Mohammed Shami which brought the visitors back to the game, as he nipped the wicket of well-set Keaton Jennings and Dawid Malan in the post-lunch session.
Despite the hundred-run partnership between Root and Bairstow, the efforts of the Indian bowlers were splendid to keep England at bay and Shami praised the efforts in the press conference later in the day.
“The pitch is a little slow, there is hard work for sure, we had to maintain a good line and length all day. It was a little tough at the start because the pitch was slow and a little damp. By the evening though, it became better. As a bowling unit, we did well after they were 216/3,” he was quoted as saying by Times Now.
The pacer also said that it is hard for the bowlers to bowl on these type of tracks and said that he and his fellow bowlers were trying to hit the right line and length, and was surely rewarded for their discipline.
“When you bowl on such pitches, you get an idea of how it will behave and what you need to do. So there weren’t many changes in our approach during the day but we tried to hit the right lines and lengths and not to give any width,” he further added.