Tim Bresman bowled the adhesive Rahul Dravid (22) on the stroke of lunch to complete a perfect morning’s work for England on the opening day of the third test against India at Edgbaston yesterday.
The England all-rounder straightened the ball late off the pitch to hit the stumps and reduce the visitors to 75 for four after Andrew Strauss had won the toss for the first time in the series and elected to field.
Openers Virender Sehwag (0), Gautam Gambhir (38) and Sachin Tendulkar (1) were the other batsmen to fall.
England struck with the eighth delivery of the day and Sehwag’s first of the innings.
Playing his first test since January after undergoing shoulder surgery, Sehwag gloved a shortish Stuart Broad delivery that he attempted to leave only to see it seam back into him and flick his glove. Umpire Steve Davis said not out initially, but England’s decision review was vindicated courtesy of the hot-spot technology.
Gambhir, who started positively, hitting seven boundaries, tried to drive Bresnan through the covers only to lose his leg stump off the inside edge.
Tendulkar, still seeking his 100th international century, received a standing ovation from a near capacity 25,000 crowd.
In response, Strauss immediately replaced Bresnan with James Anderson, who has dismissed the veteran world record holder seven times.
Tendulkar lived dangerously for the one over he faced from Anderson, then departed to Broad in the following over, pushing at a ball just outside off stump to Anderson at third slip.
England made one change from the team who won by 319 runs at Trent Bridge, replacing the injured Jonathan Trott with Ravi Bopara.
India made three changes, replacing injured off-spinner Harbhajan Singh with leg-spinner Amit Mishra. Opener Abhinav Mukund was omitted in favour of Sehwag and Gambhir came back for the injured Yuvraj Singh.