The first Test between India and England is being played at Rajkot and the first two days belonged to the visitors with Moeen Ali unbeaten at 99 and the hosts were left nursing their wounds and cursing themselves for missing out the umpteenth chances that came their way.

Day 3:

India trail by 218 runs with 6 wickets remaining in the 1st innings

England 537, India 319/4 (108.3 ov)

India 316/2 - Murali Vijay 126, C Pujara 124.

Gautam Gambhir 28 and Murali Vijay at 28 were unbeaten on day 2. The Indian batsman have an uphill task to chase the mammoth first innings total.

Day 2 highlights:

India 63/0 (23.0 ov)

England 537

India trail by 474 runs with 10 wickets remaining in the 1st innings

The 179 run partnership between Root and Moeen served as the sheet anchor for the visitor’s innings, and England will try to consolidate its position when it starts playing today.

Nothing went India’s way as they fumbled, dropped catches, missed run outs and worse was to come in the form of injury. Mohammed Shami was struggling with his hamstring injury, and it will be a big blow if he is unable to play further. Skipper Virat has his hands full with troubles, and this is one loss which he will not be able to replace.

England a tough nut to crack:

England has always been an Achilles heel for the debonair Indian captain and his record against the English has nothing much to talk about. However, he is a tough customer and is not only brawn but a logical brain also and will surely find some answer when he leads the home team tomorrow morning.

However, his statistics shows a dismal record against the England team. He averages close to 46 with the bat, but his figures fall drastically to just 20 from 17 innings against the English bowlers.

He has hit only one century against them from a total of 13. England has won the last three series against India, and if the home team has to regain its prestige, it will lean heavily on Kohli's exploits.

Star Sports live streaming details:

The live telecast can be watched on Star Sports in India from 9:30 am local.

Ten Sports in Pakistan, Willow TV in the US, Sky Sports in the UK will broadcast the series.

The online stream can be viewed on Hotstar.com.

The unforgiving Indian crowd has not seen their home side lose for a long time and already there are murmurs of discontent in the media and social sites. Viraat is keenly aware of this fact that euphoria dissipates quickly at the first sign of slackening or even worse, a defeat.

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