India were expected to come back hard in the series. Instead, the visitors found themselves playing hard to come back hard in the innings on the opening day of the Edgbaston Test. A look: (AFP and AP images)
England had a dream start after winning the toss and putting India in to bat. Stuart Broad bowled his first delivery and it kissed Sehwag's glove to find a place in Matt Prior's gloves.
The on-field umpire had to over-rule his decision after a review and Sehwag was back for a golden duck.
Gautam Gambhir was tentative. And lucky. A few edges went behind for boundaries but there also were some confident shots in the middle.
Rahul Dravid on the other end was cautious. He played with some un-ease as the ball was seaming but largely looked set to come to India's rescue.
Bresnan was clearly on fire as he troubled the batsmen with his seam movement. He managed to even claim the wicket of VVS Laxman, after Dravid.
Just when it looked like India would collapse on a paltry total, skipper MS Dhoni came in and took the attack to the opposition. He hit 2 sixes to announce his intentions.
He put on 84 runs for the 8th wicket with Praveen Kumar. Dhoni even managed a half-century but eventually fell to Stuart Broad for 77. India managing to lose the final wicket of Ishant Sharma without any additions to their score of 224.
England openers came out determined to find the right form with one another. Alastair Cook knocked the ball around well and mostly, made up for his shoddy performance in the series so far.v
Andrew Strauss managed to bring up his 25th Test fifty and looked set to hurt India more although the day ended with his team on 84/0, 140 runs behind.
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