England skipper Joe Root has been in the form of his life. Whatever he touches is turning into gold at this moment. Root began this year with three successive Test hundreds against Sri Lanka and England.
And he has done the same against during the ongoing five-match series against India where he has already struck three centuries so far. He was the elephant in the room that India needed to address coming into the fourth Test match at The Oval.
Umesh Yadav did address this elephant during the opening day’s play of the fourth Test. He clean bowled Root with an absolute peach of the delivery when the England skipper was batting on 21.
Jasprit Bumrah removed England openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed in the same over and rattled England’s innings early on. Root came out when his team was 6/2 at the end of the fourth over.
Root started playing his shots instantly and was looking at his usual best during his stay at the crease. He scored four boundaries during his 25-ball knock where he yielded 21 runs.
Umesh Yadav came to bowl the penultimate over of the day and provided India with the biggest wicket of England’s batting order. He pitched the ball outside the stump and it shaped back in to take Root’s off stump.
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MASSIVE moment in the day as Umesh Yadav sneaks one past Root’s forward defence to disturb the woodwork.
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Earlier, England won the toss and opted to bowl first. Indian openers gave a decent start before getting out in quick succession. Virat Kohli came out and scored a good-looking fifty before getting out to Ollie Robinson.
India were in dire straights at 127/7 when Shardul Thakur unleashed his brutal mode and scored a flamboyant fifty in just 32 balls. He top-scored with 57 runs as India got all-out for 191 on day one. England are 53/3 going into the second day.