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India will resume their first innings at overnight score of 63 for no loss with openers Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir were at the crease at stumps on the third day of first cricket Test against England at Rajkot today.
Earlier, England were all out for 537 runs in their first innings. England's innings was steadied by centurions Moeen Ali and BA Stokes. For India, Ravindra Jadeja took 3 wickets while Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and R Ashwin bagged two wickets each. 
The early dismissal had little impact on England’s progress. They kept churning out partnerships that hurt India’s cause. Joined in by an equally aggressive Jonny Bairstow (46, 57b, 5x4, 2x6), Stokes toyed with the Indian bowlers. Amit Mishra, who was under-bowled on Wednesday, was introduced before Ravindra Jadeja but was given a longer spell than he should have been. He was carted for 4.21 runs per over for the dismissal of last man Zafar Ansari while Jadeja got just nine overs on the day. Even Ashwin gave away nearly four runs an over as Bairstow and Stokes turned on the heat.
India’s problems were compounded by their continued lethargy on the field. Wriddhiman Saha, who has never kept for so long in an innings in India, made a hash of two offers from Stokes, dropping the all-batsman on 60 and 61. Stokes rubbed it in with his fourth Test century and the first against India. Umesh Yadav was the unfortunate bowler on the both occasions and the count of dropped catches off the paceman went up to four in the innings. If India’s catching was appalling, their ground fielding didn’t cover itself in glory either. There was a surprising laxity, especially when the ball travelled to Gambhir and Mishra, two of the slowest in this team along with Ashwin.   
This is the first match of the 5 match series. It will be followed by 3 ODIs and 3 T-20s matches.


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