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England lose 4 wickets v India in 3rd Test

AAP logoAAP 26/11/2016 David Clough

England, despite winning the toss, have faltered to 4-92 at lunch on day one of the third Test against India in Mohali.

There was plenty more in the Mohali pitch for the seamers than had been predicted - both teams were suitably convinced to stick with three spinners each.

England's first wicket fell to pace when Haseeb Hameed succumbed to extra bounce from Umesh Yadav, a delivery hitting his top glove and looping for a simple catch at gully for nine.

But it was after Joe Root and then captain Alastair Cook both fell to spin without addition to the total that England had hit trouble - and Moeen Ali's counter-attacking response also fell short on an eventful morning.

Cook was unable to make the most of a moment of fortune on 23, immediately after Hameed's departure, when Ravi Ashwin unaccountably put down an easy chance at midwicket off Mohammad Shami.

It was to cost India only four runs, Ashwin making sure he did not have to brood over his missed opportunity for long - by having the England skipper caught behind cutting for 27, with his first delivery after coming on as second change.

By then, Ashwin's fellow offspinner Jayant Yadav had already dismissed Root - who misread the good length of an off break and was trapped lbw for 15 after a failed attempt to farm leg-side runs from the first ball after mid-session drinks.

It was evident from the outset that batting would not be easy for England, both openers playing and missing several times as the new ball swung with carry and Umesh even found a little seam movement.

In the circumstances, despite Hameed's departure, they made an acceptable start in the first hour.

But they went from 0-32 to 3-51.

Jayant's first four overs were all maidens, before Moeen (16) went up the wicket to launch him for a four and then a six from successive deliveries.

The return of Shami was too much for Moeen, though, tempted into a hook shot which steepled down to fine leg where Murali Vijay took the catch.

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