England reach 268/8 at stumps on Day 1

England batsmen had a tough day against the disciplined bowling attack from India, hosts were sloppy in the field but walked off with glee.

By Author  |  Published: 26th Nov 2016  5:28 pmUpdated: 26th Nov 2016  5:31 pm
Indian cricketers celebrate the dismissal of England's Chris Woakes on the first day of their third cricket test match in Mohali, India, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. Photo: AP.

Mohali: Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow (89) saved England’s blushes as the visitors reached 268/8 at stumps on the opening day of the third Test against India at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) I.S. Bindra Stadium here on Saturday.

Bairstow, who brought up his half-century in 76 balls, looked good for his fourth Test century but off-spinner Jayant Yadav trapped him in front just before the day’s play ended.

Earlier, Bairstow and Jos Butler (43) steadied England’s ship with a 69-run sixth wicket stand after the top order fell prey to India’s disciplined bowling.

Brief Scores: England 268/8 (Jonny Bairstow 89, Jos Butler 43, Ben Stokes 29, Jayant Yadav 2/49, Ravindra Jadeja 2/56)