ENG vs IND: Rain disrupted play on the first day of the 5th Test at Edgbaston.© AFP
Rain on day one of the rescheduled 5th Test between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham led to an early lunch break and delay in the resumption and play is expected to be disrupted for the second day due to weather. According to AccuWeather, it is likely to be partly cloudy and then cloudy during the first hour of the scheduled game in Birmingham. It is likely to rain again at 3 pm local time (7:30 pm IST). The game on Friday was extended by half an hour and the same could happen on Saturday if rain interrupted the match.
On the first day, India were trailing 98/5 but a whirlwind from Rishabh Pant backed by Ravindra Jadeja helped take the visitors to 338/7 at stumps.
Pant, who scored 146 runs in 111 balls, shared a 222-run partnership with Jadeja.
It was the 24-year-old’s fifth Test century and fourth away from home.
He hit 19 fours and four sixes and put pressure on the English bowlers.
While Pant fell on Joe Root, Jadeja ended the day unbeaten on 83.
Earlier, England had won the toss and decided to field.
James Anderson dismissed India’s openers Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara. Pujara opened in place of Rohit Sharma, who was ruled out of the match with COVID-19.
Matthew Potts sent Hanuma Vihari and Virat Kohli packing before Anderson dismissed Shreyas Iyer.
Shardul Thakur also fell after Pant’s dismissal, Ben Stokes got the first wicket of the match.
Jadeja and Mohammed Shami will open the batting at the start of the second day’s play.
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