Virat Kohli mocks Joe Root after run out

England opener Keaton Jennings has laughed off suggestions an unsuspecting bird cost him his wicket on day one of the first Test against India at Edgbaston. He got another life when on 51.

Axed opener Mark Stoneman managed five half-centuries but, remarkably, a top score of only 60 while James Vince and Moeen Ali are also now out of the team after failing to convert from three half-centuries apiece.

As if to add insult to injury the very next ball Stokes drew an edge from Hardik Panda and Alastair Cook put the ball down at first slip.

The 31-year-old Indian, who has taken 316 wickets from 58 Tests so far, had chose to work on his bowling action. Bairstow, who had been distraught at his part in the wicket, fell three overs later for 70, but Root refused to blame his team-mate.

Only Cook (13) fell in the first session of the day, his front-foot defense defeated by a ideal off-break from Ashwin as he was clean bowled in the seventh over.

After a good day for the Indian bowlers, where they never allowed the hosts to break free and also kept picking up wickets, Mohammed Shami was especially chuffed about his performance after the fast bowler was involved in a spate of controversies back home.

He claimed three wickets in eight balls as he found some movement. Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan looked at ease as they got to 50 without breaking much of a sweat. It's imperative that Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad do not err on the side of caution and bowl back of a length. Ashwin had a loud lbw shout against Malan which was turned down as India lost a review.

It was nearly an easy-going partnership for the opening duo as they brought up 50 off just 70 balls before the drama began.

Curran hit the flawless length as first-change bowler and immediately trapped Vijay leg before in the 14th over.

There was a buzz around the ground as Kohli walked out to face Anderson but it was Curran who brought the crowd to their feet once more as Dhawan (26) edged a swinging delivery to Malan.

He dived to his left at gully in an attempt to catch Kohli off Anderson but the ball did not quite carry and appeared to clip his fingertip.

Bairstow lasted only three more overs, before Ashwin claimed the wickets of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes (21), the former for a duck.

Teammates congratulate England's Sam Curran, without cap, for the dismissal of India's Lokesh Rahul, second left, during the second day of the first test cricket match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018.

  • Julie Sanders