At 99/0 after 25 overs, it was turning out to be a day where England were yet to put a foot wrong. Alastair Cook, after winning the toss and electing to bat first, got the start he would have hoped for, and debutant Keaton Jennings was giving him good company from the other end. England’s opening pair had done the hardwork of seeing off the early period and big scores were there for the taking for both Cook and Jennings.
It happened for the latter but Cook was guilty of putting the first foot wrong in the day’s play. Facing Ravindra Jadeja in the 26th over – the spinner’s first – Cook charged only to be beaten by flight and extra bounce the left-armer got from the wicket. Cook made decent strides forward to get to the pitch of the ball but Jadeja bowled it short enough to allow the delivery some turn, and the extra bounce.
The turn was enough to beat the charging Cook and the extra bounce took wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel by surprise but he made good adjustment to collect the ball and disturb the woodwork. Batting on 46, it was a needless shot by Cook. The opening stand was broken and Jadeja celebrated removed the England skipper for the third time in the ongoing five-match series.
With one more innings, and a Test left, Jadeja has a good chance to improve those numbers. Cook on the other hand would like to be more cautious while going for wild slogs.