India vs England 4th Test, Day 1:
In the second season of the World Test Championship, it’s the 4th Test between India and England. The scoreline for the series stands at 1-1 with the series evenly poised between the two teams.
England captain Joe Root won the toss yet again in the series and he chose to bowl first without hesitation. It was a straightforward decision by the England captain to win the toss and put India in to bat to test the struggling Indian batting lineup. Both the teams were announced with some major changes
India (Playing XI): R Sharma, KL Rahul, Pujara, V Kohli(C), Rahane, Pant(w), R Jadeja, S Thakur, U Yadav, Bumrah, Siraj
England (Playing XI): R Burns, Haseeb Hameed, D Malan, Root(c), O Pope, Bairstow(w), Moeen Ali, C Woakes, Overton, Robinson, Jimmy Anderson
After losing the toss, Indian openers Rohit and Rahul started slowly in the process of steadying the innings without losing their wickets. Everything went in the opener’s way until the last ball of the 9th over. India was 28/0 at the end of the 7th over. But India was 28/2 at the end of the 14th overs after losing both the openers and the most important thing is the visitors were never able to score for 7 Overs in a row which set the tone for the hosts.
Rohit was gone in the last ball of the 9th over after scoring 11 runs for moving away swinger bowled by Chris Woakes who is returning to the team after missing the first 3 Tests due to an injury. KL Rahul was dismissed in the 14th over by Robinson’s nip backer for LBW after scoring 17.
Virat Kohli and Pujara were in the middle of the crease when India was struggling at 28 for 2 after 14 overs. Pujara made his way back into the dressing room after his struggled stay in the middle. He was out once again to J Anderson after nicking one to Bairstow. His struggle for the swinging deliveries proved to be his weakness throughout the series. India was once again down in the early stage of the match at 39 for 3.
The Indian captain took everyone by surprise when R Jadeja walked to bat up in the order above the vice-captain Rahane. But the move didn’t work out as expected, as the all-rounder batsman failed to score big and got out to an angled-away delivery from Woakes. Jadeja was dismissed for 10 runs when India’s score was 69 for 4.
Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane was in the middle after the dismissal of Jadeja. Even the once reliable Rahane seemed struggling for the fantastic display of swing bowling from Woakes and the other England bowlers. But on the other side, Kohli was in a good touch scoring runs at a good pace with his masterful strokes through his trademark drives and flicks.
Both Kohli and Rahane’s short stay took India to cross the 100 runs mark with the loss of 4 wickets. Then comes the shock for the Indian fans as both the captain and vice-captain departed just before the tea break. Kohli completed his second half-century of the series before being dismissed by Robinson right after scoring his consecutive fifties.
Rahane has gone for 14 runs after his short stay at the crease to Overton caught by Moeen Ali. India’s score was 122 for 6 at the tea break with Shardul Thakur and Pant both batting on 4 runs. Pant threw his wicket away after the tea break in a shocking way.
The wicket-keeper batsman had been playing these kinds of shots every time when the team needs him the most. The whole Indian crowd was in silence because of the kind of cricket played by Rishabh Pant and the Indian Cricket team.
Shardul the Savior
It was all Shardul’s show after the dismissal of Pant. Shardul Thakur who was known for his batting heroics in the Australia Test series was on song once again in this innings. He scored at more than run a ball playing an impactful inning with 3 sixers and 7 boundaries. He scored 57 runs off 36 deliveries he faced and took India to a below-par score of 190. After the wicket of Thakur, India was all out for 191.
Englands finished the Day 1 at 53-3
England started their first innings in a bizarre way as they were tumbled for 6-2 in 4 overs. Thanks to Bumrah for his excellent bowling which shook the visitors by taking two wickets in the same over to put the hosts under pressure.
Rory Burns was once again dismissed by Bumrah and Haseeb walks back to the pavilion without troubling the scorers. This is his second duck of the series in the 3 innings he played so far.
India looked strong at that stage but once again the England captain Joe Root was standing in the way of India to mess with the Indian bowling and their strategy. Finally, just before the close of the play, Umesh Yadav’s beautiful and perfect inswinging nip backer castled the stumps of the England captain. he was dismissed for his lowest score of this series for 21 runs.
Craig Overton was sent as the night watchman and at the end of Day1 of the 4th Test between India and England, England was batting on 53-3 trailing India by 128 runs with 7 wickets in hand.