Jonny Bairstow only ray of sunshine for England on Day 1 of Mohali Test: Who said what on Twitter

Jonny Bairstow's 89 was the only positive showing from England on the opening day of the third Test in Mohali.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: November 26, 2016 7:10 pm
India vs England, Ind vs Eng, India vs England Mohali Test, India vs England Twitter reaction, Ind vs Eng Twitter, India England test series, Jonny Bairstow, cricket news, sports news Jonny Bairstow scored 89 of England’s 268/8 at stumps on Day 1 of third Test against India. (Source: AP)

Jonny Bairstow was the only glimmer of hope and promise for England on the opening day of the third Test against India as the top order didn’t help themselves with poor shot making. At stumps, England stood at 268/8 having won the toss and been given the advantage on a chilly Mohali morning.

Things could have been even worse for the visitors but for another show of miserable fielding that saw four dropped catches – two in the first session. It was a repeat of the first Test in Rajkot where India were also guilty of dropping many chances and giving life to the England batsmen.

Bairstow’s composed 89 was the top score for the visitors and there was some support in the middle by Jos Buttler who scored 43. In the bowling department, Umesh Yadav, Jayant Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja all took two wickets each. At stumps, Adil Rashid (4*) and Gareth Batty (0*) were in the middle with only James Anderson left to bat.

Last time India played in Mohali, they beat South Africa in three days with spin creating havoc. Wary of a repeat of the same, England batted first but never made most of the toss to go down 51/3.

In terms of team changes for India, an injured KL Rahul was replaced by Karun Nair who was making his Test debut. And in yet another injury blow, Wriddhiman Saha had already been replaced by Parthiv Patel. And Patel didn’t have the best of returns to Indian setup. He dropped two catches to give England some more runs than they could have. Elsewhere, R Ashwin dropped a sitter in the first session to give Alastair Cook life. But he wasn’t the first with Jadeja also letting go of the England skipper in the first hour of play.

England trail India 1-0 in the five match Test series after losing the second Test in Vizag.