Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir smashed fifties and enabled India to reach a reasonable position as England controlled the day with accurate bowling.
A sparkling ton by Virender Sehwag followed by 98 runs by Cheteshwar Pujara lead India to a stable position vs. England on the 1st day of the opening Test.
India was beaten badly 4-0 by England in 2011in the home series but their batsmen including Tendulkar, Gambhir and Kohli are anxious to pay back the visitors.
England will be arriving to India to participate in the four Test series and the hosts will try their best to pay the visitors back by clinching the home series.
The chances of Titans for reaching the semi-finals were squeezed by Kolkata Knight Riders who won their last match of the Champions Trophy Twenty20 gracefully.
The captain of India, MS Dhoni, has blamed the slow strip as the cause of his team’s defeat in the 2nd T20 vs. New Zealand, instead of holding his batsmen responsible.
India embarked on their journey of the new season in superb style while beating the hosts, Sri Lanka, all ends up in the five ODI series followed by the only T20.
Irfan Pathan shattered the Lankan batting by clinching five wickets in a thriller as India won the 5th ODI and grabbed the no.2 spot in the ICC ODI Championship.