Birmigham: England made a steady start reaching 83/1 at lunch on the opening day of the first Test at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground here on Wednesday.
At the break, opener Keaton Jennings was unbeaten on 38 with skipper Joe Root giving him company with a steady 31, defying the Indian bowlers any further inroads.
For the visitors, it was their lone spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who cleaned up former English skipper Alastair Cook with a beauty for just 13.
Electing to bat under slightly damp conditions, the England openers -- Cook and Jennings -- had no trouble in dealing with the India quicks as they quickly raised 26 runs, before Ashwin was brought in as early as the seventh over of the innings.
The off-spinner immediately delivered with the wicket of Cook, even as Jennings survived a dropped chance and a few inside-edges. India's slip catching once again disappointed as Ajinkya Rahane dropped Jennings when the southpaw was on 9.
Most Time a Batsman Dismissed by Ashwin in Tests— Cricketopia (@CricketopiaCom) August 1, 2018
8 COOK (2 Bowled / 2 Caught / 3 Caught & Bowled / 1 LBW)
6 M Morkel / Starc / Bravo / Samuels#ENGvsIND #England1000 pic.twitter.com/qFOB1H9wRA
The precious wicket of Cook, don't undermine the power of spinners. #EngvsIND— Aalia Rasheed (@aaliaaaliya) August 1, 2018
Cook's departure brought in Root, who together with Jennings started the repair work, playing Ashwin with caution.
The right-left duo had a calculative approach, thereby forging together a 57-run second wicket stand and ensured there were no more hiccups on the perfect batting track assisted by the heat wave.
Turn on the first morning and a gorgeous ball from Ashwin. Dream delivery for an off-spinner to a leftie.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 1, 2018
Ashwin got rid of Cook with a peach...but considering the number of overs Ashwin has bowled in the first session of the Test, playing another spinner wouldn’t have been a bad choice. #EngvInd— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 1, 2018
Ashwin bowling in the first hour might not be the worst decision given that the ball grips when there's a bit of moisture, and two left-handers are in, but it's minus marks for Umesh who has wasted the new ball— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) August 1, 2018
The last time an Indian spinner before R Ashwin today to take the first wicket of a series outside Asia was Anil Kumble (Phil Jacques stumped by MS Dhoni) at the MCG in 2007. #ENGvIND— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) August 1, 2018
Ashwin has bowled beautifully so far at the right pace,might be a long day for him considering the bounce on day one #ENGvIND— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) August 1, 2018