Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bat first in the third Test in the series of five matches against England.
On a cloudy morning in Headingley, Leeds, English pacer James Anderson stole the show in the first hour of the game with a sublime bowling. He fired KL Rahul (0), Cheteshwar Pujara (1) and Kohli (7) all before completing his 6th over of the first innings.
Great hour for England! 3 large wickets. Brave call from India to bat first, this is the best day 1 to bowl with in the country IMO. Pitch will get better and better. From the third day it will not be much for the sailors – enough in it!
– Stuart Broad (@ StuartBroad8) 25 August 2021
India were 56 for losing four wickets during lunch.
For the seventh time, Kohli was sent back along with Nathan Lyon by Anderson — the most joint to any bowler. With this dismissal, it is also 50 innings since Kohli made an international century.
We think @ jimmy9 enjoyed this one! 💥
Scorecard / videos: https://t.co/UakxjzUrcE
– England Cricket (@englandcricket) 25 August 2021
This is a very weak shot by Virat Kohli. Jimmy Anderson had three in the first hour.
– Will Macpherson (@willis_macp) 25 August 2021
Meanwhile, England’s captain Joe Root said he was not disappointed to bowl first. England have included fast bowler Craig Overton in the XI for Mark Wood and the top batsman Dawid Malan for Dom Sibley.
India XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
England XI: Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, David Malan, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Craig Overton, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson.