New Delhi: England finished at 247/2 after Gary Ballance hit his second successive century in the first innings after the first day's play against India in the third Investec Test at The Rose Bowl here Sunday.
Alastair Cook fell for 95 while Gary Ballance was batting on 104. Ian Bell was also unbeaten on 16 when the stumps were drawn.
The highlight of the day was Cook's dour batting after getting reprieve on 15 when Ravindra Jadeja dropped a sitter at third slip off debutant Pankaj Singh's bowling. Cook, who missed out on a 26th Test century by five runs, has now gone without a three-figure mark in 29 consecutive innings. It was Jadeja who got rid of the England skipper after frustrating him with a packed leg-side field.
Mohammed Shami (1/62) got Sam Robson's wicket but was the most disappointing of the pace trio erring in length on a number of occasions.
M Vijay, S Dhawan, CA Pujara, V Kohli, RG Sharma, AM Rahane, MS Dhoni( Cand WK), RA Jadeja, B Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Pankaj Singh
AN Cook (C), SD Robson, GS Ballance, IR Bell, JE Root, MM Ali, JC Buttler(WK), CR Woakes, CJ Jordan, SCJ Broad, JM Anderson
Here are the live updates from Day 1