India Vs England 4th test match began yesterday at the Oval. Indian batsman were again forced to bow down against fast and incisive swing bowling by the English bowlers bowling the Indians out for a low key 191 runs. Shardul Thakur top scored for India with a quick fire 57 in the end.
Indian bowlers have set a stage for an even contest after rattling the English top order. England now are 53/3 in the 16 overs bowled before the end of the day’s play. Let’s check out the big moments coming in after day one.
Virat Kohli’s 50 And Shardul’s Fireworks
A belief is back within the Indian fans after captain fearless racked up his second fifty in consecutive innings. He looked more sharper than before and seems to back on track to regain his lost touch.
Shardul Thakur on the other hand continued his merry touch with bat. The tailender stacked up his second fifty plus score in test matches after scoring his first against the aussies earlier in the year. The mumbaiker is turning out as a prime asset for India. He can be definitely nurtured into a fast bowling all rounder.
Enroute to his fifty he became the second fastest test fifty scorer for India (In terms of balls faced). He faced just 31 balls while Kapil Dev faced only 30 deliveries.
Middle Order Woes Continue
Another failure for India’s middle order is turning a big headache for both fans alongside the players themselves. Pujara and Rahane along with Rishabh Pant are looking clueless against the valiant english attack. Frustration amongst the fans is growing regarding the form of these ace batsmen. Although, other players along with the captain and team management have backed these pillars of team India. The trio will definitely look to improve their scores in the second innings.
Woakes And Robinson Tame India
The bowling duo tormented India again. The two quicks shared 7 wickets between the out of the 13 that fell on day one. Woakes who’s making a comeback from injury looked sharp and was bowling well. He definitely took the load of James Anderson’s shoulders. Robinson on the other hand continued his excellent bowling form, bowling continuously in a testing channel. He has really become a big problem for the Indian batsmen.
Bumrah And Yadav Fire India Back
Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav have given India a much need boost on the end of day one. Bumrah sent back the english openers early and was all pumped up. Umesh Yadav provided India with the biggest breakthrough after he picked up Joe Root looked set to play another big innings. Craig Overton was able to survive somehow at the end. England will start day two with Dawid Malan and Overton at the wicket.