Day 1: India survive till stumps after bundling out England for 183
England posts a total of 183 on the board as Jasprit Bumrah (4-46 in 20.4 overs) and Mohammad Shami (3-28 in 17) ensured opposition lost wickets at regular intervals. England captain Joe Root scored a fluent 64 before getting trapped lbw off a Shardul Thakur ball.
Jonny Bairstow (29 off 71 balls), Zak Crawley (27 off 68) and Dom Sibley (18 off 70) chipped in with few partnerships at the top but it was all downhill for England once they got out. Sam Curran who had troubled India during the 2018 series, managed to score four boundaries and a maximum lower down the order as his 27 helped England reach the total of 183 in the third session of the day.
India managed to trigger a collapse as soon as Shami removed Bairstow when England were 138-3 as he bowled magnificently throughout the day and helped the team whenever they needed wickets. Jasprit Bumrah, who couldn’t pick up a wicket in the WTC Finals, came back strongly in the first over itself as he also brought his lethal yorkers towards the end and ended the innings as the highest wicket-taker for India.
After bundling out England for a mere 183, it was Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul’s responsibility to ensure India end the first day of the test match on a high as they managed to score 21 runs on the board in the remaining 13 overs that were left in the day. Both the openers looked fluent during their stay scoring three boundaries and made sure the third session belonged to India after sharing the first two sessions of the day.
With rain expected to spoil the latter half of Day 2, the visitors would hope that the opening batters stay on the crease as long as possible and score as many runs they can as the overcast conditions could prove to be tricky for them. England managed to get some swing but didn’t look much threatening during those 13 overs they bowled, and so they would hope that their seamers put on a better show on Day 2 to compensate for the poor performance by their batters.
Read the preview for the first test here – DUAL INTERVIEW – 15 – India’s tour of England
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