Match Report
Honors Even After A Riveting Day Of Test At The Oval, Twitter Reacts
By Aditya Pratap - Sep 2, 2021 11:27 pm
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India and England battled it out on a riveting day of Test cricket at The Oval on day one of the fourth Test. Pacers gave England early onus in the match as they picked wickets at regular intervals. Indian batsmen had another poor outing as they failed to bat throughout the day yet again.

Umesh Yadav after dismissing Joe Root

The coin fell in the favor of Joe Root once again and he took no time in opting to bowl first under the overcast condition of London with a green tinge on the pitch. Both teams made two changes. Chris Woakes and Ollie Pope came in place of Sam Curran and Jos Buttler.

On the other hand, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami were left out due to niggles as Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur replaced them in the playing XI.

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Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul gave India a decent start before both openers got out. Chris Woakes looked threatening in his comeback Test and removed Rohit with a beautiful delivery before Ollie Robinson dismissed Rahul. Cheteshwar Pujara fell in an old fashion against James Anderson.

Skipper Virat Kohli was batting with confidence and notched up his fifty as well with some fine stroke-play. However, he was undone by a jaffa from Robinson. Ajinkya Rahane showed resistance before chasing a wide ball. Rishabh Pant had a rush of blood and threw his wicket.

India were 127/7 when Shardul Thakur started to cut loose. He threw his bats on every ball and played some textbook-style shots. He raced to the second-fastest Test fifty by an Indian in just 32 balls before getting out for 57. Indian innings soon got concluded for 191 with Woakes getting four-fer.

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In response, England hoped from their openers to repeat their efforts from the Headingley Test but Jasprit Bumrah removed both Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed in the same over to rattle England. Joe Root looked at his usual best while batting in the middle. However, a pearler from Umesh Yadav knocked Root’s off-pole and made sure India will breathe easy coming into day 2 with England being 53/3, still trail by 138 runs.

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