India reached the lunch break on 75 for 4 having lost the toss and been put into bat by England captain Andrew Strauss in the the third Test at Edgbaston.
The skipper’s decision paid immediate dividends as Virender Sehwag was removed for a golden duck by Stuart Broad upon his return to the side from injury. The appeal was initially given not out but a review showed conclusively that the aggressive opener had gloved the ball to Matt Prior behind the stumps.
At the other end, Gautam Gambhir was playing fluently – scoring at a run a ball with a series of bundaries – though he also saw a few edges drop short of the slip cordon to serve as warning that the new cherry was a serious weapon. Together with Rahul Dravid, he seemed to be steering India towards a decent position after the morning session on day one but half an hour before the break Gambhir saw his off wicket shattered by a sterling delivery from Tim Bresnan.
With Sachin Tendulkar now coming on to bat, Strauss had no hesitation in bringing on the Little Master’s nemesis – James Anderson – on to bowl in a bid to remove the dangerman before lunch. However, it was Broad who snared the prized scalp of the world record Test run-scorer though Anderson played his part, safely holding on to an edge at third slip.
Bresnan then claimed his second wicket, removing Dravid’s off-stump with a devellish delivery to put England in the driving seat at lunch.