India will be the happier of the two sides after a closely fought first day of the third Specsavers test match at Trent Bridge. 

The tourists showed some grit and determination to close the first day on 307-6 after being put into bat by England captain Joe Root. 

It appeared as if the Yorkshireman was going to regret that decision as the opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul put on a partnership of 60 for the first wicket stand, the highest of the series so far. 

But Chris Woakes struck twice in quick succession to remove both openers. 

Dhawan was the first to go with Buttler claiming the catch at second slip before the Warwickshire all-rounder pinned Rahul LBW for 23 after an unsuccessful review. 

Woakes struck again before the lunch break when Pujara tamely found the hands of Adil Rashid at long leg to send India into the break on 82-3. 

The next session however was very much one for the tourists. 

Skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane both reached half centuries and looked incredibly comfortable at the crease as they batted out the whole session. 

The duo added 107 runs in the afternoon session before passing the 150-partnership mark in the evening session and it looked as if it was going to take something special to send either batsman back to the pavilion. 

However, Alastair Cook produced such a moment. 

Rahane nicked a Stuart Broad delivery and Cook took a spectacular one-handed catch at first slip to remove the Indian number five for 81. 

Kohli continued however and looked as comfortable and measured as ever as he navigated his way through the nineties to 97. 

But then Adil Rashid struck, tempting the Indian captain into an expansive drive which nicked through into the welcoming hands of Ben Stokes. 

That marked only the second time Kohli had been dismissed in the nineties in his Test career after falling for 96 against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2013, such is the right-hander’s tendency to convert fifties into centuries. 

Despite the loss of their skipper India battled on with debutant Rishabh Pant immediately stamping his authority on the game by sending only his second delivery for six, becoming the first Indian batsman to score his first test runs with a maximum. 

Pant and Pandya took the visitors past 300 before Jimmy Anderson struck to remove the latter earning a hard-earned wicket and his 100th against India. 

Despite India having over 300 on the board, England will still fancy their chances after only one day with the final wicket to fall exposing the Indian tail and a ball that's only seven overs old leaving the tie perfectly poised. 


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