Jimmy Anderson runs riot for England before lunch in the third Test

Jimmy Anderson runs riot with three Indian wickets – including Virat Kohli – before Ollie Robinson removes Ajinkya Rahane on the stroke of lunch as England dominate to leave the tourists four down at Headingley

  • James Anderson blew India top order away in morning session of the third Test
  • The England seamer had KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara caught behind 
  • Virat Kohli’s poor form with the bat continued as he was dismissed in same way 
  • Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane rebuilt before the vice-captain was dismissed

James Anderson took three wickets as England dominated the first session of the opening day of the third Test match against India.

Visiting captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first at Headingley but came in at No 4 in just the fifth over after the England seamer had snared Lord’s centurion KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara.

The India skipper was then dismissed by the 39-year-old when the score had just passed 20, caught behind driving at a full ball as his search for a first half-century of the series continued.

James Anderson took three wickets as England dominated the first session of the third Test against India

Anderson had Lord’s centurion KL Rahul dismissed in the opening over of the day in Leeds

Cheteshwar Pujara’s poor form with the bat continued as India struggled at Headingley

Opener Rohit Sharma and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane partially rebuilt before India lost the latter – again caught behind – but this time to Ollie Robinson as they closed the session on 56 for four.

Sharma was the only India batsman capable of playing the moving ball, and was on 15 off 75 through two hours of batting at lunch.

There was therefore no doubt that Joe Root’s men had dominated proceedings as they look to bounce back from their stunning defeat at Lord’s with victory in Leeds. 

Long-time rivals Kohli and Anderson had exchanged several bitter words during a spiky encounter at the home of cricket but the paceman let his actions speak loudest, celebrating with an explosion of passion after getting the best of the latest mini-battle.

Anderson then looked delighted after he had visiting captain Virat Kohli caught behind

Rohit Sharma (left) and Ajinkya Rahane re-built before the vice-captain was dismissed 

His eight-over burst cost just six runs, with five maidens to go with his triple strike. 

The only blemish to an otherwise ideal morning for England came when captain Joe Root took a painful blow to the thumb while at slip and was forced to leave the field.

India won the toss and opted to bat first, a riskier proposition at this ground than most others.

Anderson certainly knows how things are done in this part of the world – with 42 wickets at 25.33 in his previous 11 appearances – and he wasted no time getting involved.

After sending his first four balls down back of a good length, he hurled one up fuller outside off stump and drew the in-form Rahul into a loose drive on nought. The ball nestled neatly in Buttler’s gloves and England were up and running.

Ollie Robinson (L) took the wicket of Rahane on the stroke of lunch, having him caught behind

Pujara was next to go for just one, absorbing a series of inswingers before nicking the one that went away. It was a classic bait and switch routine that brought Kohli to the crease with a foreboding score of four for two.

He survived for half an hour but never looked comfortable, with Robinson offering solid support to Anderson.

He got to seven but was unable to get a handle on the 39-year-old, who eventually unpicked him with another full ball in the channel that straightened off the seam and rendered the ensuing drive a costly mistake.

A resolute stand between Rohit and Rahane restored some calm, but Robinson’s timely intervention left England buoyant at the break.

The opening session therefore belonged to the England seamer, 39, who put his side in control




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