LEEDS: England openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed told a whole different story about the pitch as they scored 120-0 for England on Day 1 of the third Test against India.
The pitch looked completely different when these two were batting after England bowled out India for a paltry 78 in the first inning. Burns smashed six and five boundaries to score 52 runs whereas Hameed made 60 off 130 balls laced with 11 boundaries.
Earlier, England bowlers dominated the first half of the day by bowling out India for 78. After deciding to bat first, India failed to acclimatize to the situation and started falling apart.
James Anderson picked up three quick wickets to reduce India to 21-3. It was yet again the right-arm pacer proved himself with the red-ball. KL Rahul (0), Chateshwar Pujara (1), and Virat Kohli (97) fell to the pacer.
Ajinkya Rahane and opener Rohit Sharma played under pressure but stayed at the crease to score some runs for the tourists. But, England bowlers were in another mood.
Craig Overton removed Rahane to put India suffering at 56-4 and Ollie Robbinson bagged Rohit Sharma after Overton already taking the wicket of Rishab Pant to reduce India to 58-5.
Rohit (19) and Rahane (18) were the only two batters to score double figures.
Anderson and Overton bagged three wickets each while Robbinson and Sam Curran took two wickets each.