Kohli, Rahane hit fifties; India reach 307/6 at stumps on Day 1

NOTTINGHAM, Aug 18:  Brilliant half-centuries by skipper Virat Kohli (97) and Ajinkya Rahane (81) and a partnership of 159 runs guided India to a total of 314 runs  for the loss of 6 wickets at stumps on the opening day of the third Test against England at Trent Bridge.
Earlier, batting first, India after a good start lost both the openers Shikhar Dhawan (35) and Lokesh Rahul (23) in a quick succession at 65 runs in 21 overs, which was followed by another wicket in the form of Cheshtwar Pujara (14) at 82/3 in 26.4 overs.
The skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane notched up big half centuries to rebuild the Indian innings and finally take the score to a respectable total of 307 runs in 87 overs when the stumps were drawn today. Both Kohli and Rahane were in fabulous touch, hitting the ball with fluidity and grace. Kohli hit 11 boundaries in his 152-ball knock, while Rahane struck 12 fours in 131-ball knock.
Rishab Pant was unbeaten on 22 runs at stumps on day-1, while Hardik Panya got out for 18 on last ball of the day.
Chris Woakes was the wrecker-i-chief for England, who took first three wickets in the form of Dhawan, Rahul and Pujara (14), while the other three wickets, with one each, went to James Anderson, Chris Broad and Adil Rashid, who took the prized wicket of Virat Kohli.
Ealier, England skipper Joe Root won the toss and elected to field first.
India had made three changes to the playing XI, handing young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant his maiden Test cap, while fit-again Jasprit Bumrah was back in the fold replacing Kuldeep Yadav and Shikhar Dhawan came in for Murali Vijay.
England made just one change, bringing in all-rounder Ben Stokes in place of Sam Curran. (PTI)