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Leeds Test: Poor start for India as Anderson sends back Rahul, Pujara

Unchanged India elected to bat; Malan, Overton replace Sibley, Wood in England's XI

anderson-kohli-afp England's James Anderson (C) celebrates taking a wicket with his teammates | File

England had the first laugh as India lost the wickets of in-form opener K.L. Rahul (0) and Cheteshwar Pujara (1) on the first day of the third Test at Leeds on Wednesday. Both the batsmen were sent back to the pavilion by James Anderson and caught off by Jos Buttler. 

Currently, captain Virat Kohli is on the crease along with opener Rohit Sharma. 

India had won the toss and elected to bat against England in the third cricket Test in Leeds on Wednesday. India, as Kohli had said, have gone into the game with an unchanged playing eleven that won the second match at the Lord's. The visitors are one up against England in the five-match series. 

Kohli said Ravindra Jadeja will bowl a lot more in this game, looking at the dry nature of the surface.

For England, Dawid Malan is back in the Test XI in place of Dom Sibley along with pacer Craig Overton, who replaced an injured Mark Wood.


India: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj

England: Joe Root (C), Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Craig Overton, James Anderson.

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