Keaton Jennings, Joe Root steady England after Alastair Cook's early dismissal
England consolidated their position despite losing Alastair Cook early, reaching 83 for one at lunch on the opening day of the first cricket Test against India, here today.
Keaton Jennings was batting on 38, while skipper Joe Root was unbeaten on 31 at the break after England won the toss and opted to bat.
Umesh Yadav (0/29) and Ishant Sharma (0/17) started off the proceedings for India with the new ball, and the latter in particular got a good shape going.
Cook and Jennings, both left-handers, struggled against Ishant's away-going movement.
Ishant induced an edge from Jennings when he was on 9 but the chance was dropped in the slips by vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane.
Root, however, started off well and struck a few lusty boundaries to shift the momentum in his side's favour.
Jennings played a few pre-meditated sweeps shots against Ashwin, but he settled down soon after a nervous start to add 57 runs for the second wicket with Root.
While the hosts had named their line-up yesterday, India surprisingly left out Cheteshwar Pujara in favour of Shikhar Dhawan, with KL Rahul slated to bat at number three.
India also went in with just the lone spinner in Ashwin, supporting a three-pronged pace attack.
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