TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: Only Nathan Lyon has removed Virat Kohli as many times as Jimmy Anderson

TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: Only Nathan Lyon has removed Virat Kohli as many times as Jimmy Anderson, who overshadowed one of Bob Willis’ records at Headingley

  • Jimmy Anderson led England’s bowlers on Virat Kohli’s India charge
  • Anderson removed India captain Kohli for seventh time in Test cricket
  • Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns confirmed England’s dominance on day one


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It was a brilliant first day of the third Test for England against India at Headingley.

A masterclass from Jimmy Anderson paved the way for England’s bowling attack to sack India, who won the toss, for just 78. Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns went unbeaten for the hosts for half a century, sending Joe Root’s side to 120-0 at stump.

Lawrence Booth cracks some numbers on a day that will remain long in England’s memory.

Jimmy Anderson celebrates after taking wicket from Indian captain Virat Kohli at Headingley

Jimmy Anderson celebrates after taking wicket from Indian captain Virat Kohli at Headingley

ANDERSON IN KOHLA

Jimmy Anderson has now sacked Virat Kohli seven times in Test cricket – for scores of 6, 25, 39, 0, 7, 0 and 7.

Only Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon has taken Kohli’s wicket so many times.

KOHLI DROUGHT

Kohli’s failure extended his streak of international innings without a hundred to 50. His previous longest drought was 25.

ANDERSON EDGES WILLIS

Anderson now has 42 Test wickets at Headingley, surpassing Bob Willis on Wednesday, who took his famous 8 for 43 against Australia 40 years ago.

Only Stuart Broad (46) and Fred Trueman (44) have claimed more test wickets here.

It's been a tough day for India and Kohli, who must now do everything they can to avoid a defeat for Headingley

It's been a tough day for India and Kohli, who must now do everything they can to avoid a defeat for Headingley

It’s been a tough day for India and Kohli, who must now do everything they can to avoid a defeat for Headingley

THIRD LOWEST INDIA TOTAL

Only twice before have England defeated India by less than 78 points. India achieved 58 at Old Trafford in 1952 and 42 at Lord’s in 1974.

The century tie between Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns was just the third in 103 innings by England openers since Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings 103 against India in Chennai in 2016-17.

ENGLAND IMPERIOUS

This is only the third time in Test history that a team has finished in the lead with no wickets at the end of the first day, having already eliminated the opposition.

England also achieved the feat in Melbourne in 2010-11, when Australia was skittled for 98, before Cook and Andrew Strauss took England to 157 without losing by punches.

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