ENG vs IND: We are witnessing a see-saw battle between India and England at the Oval. With India reeling at 122-7, Shardul Thakur played a potentially game-changing innings to help India to 191. England went to stumps on day 1 at 52/3, the batsman of this summer Joe Root back into the pavilion.
India has started day 4 on the front foot with Umesh Yadav accounting for two wickets. He first sent back the nightwatchman Craig Overton. David Malan was looking comfortable at the crease until he too had to depart. Watch the dismissal here as Rohit Sharma takes a brilliant diving catch.
The ball was heading right between the second and third slip but Rohit plucked it out of nowhere diving to his stronger side.
There was much talk about the two team changes made by team India ahead of the 4th Test. Umesh Yadav came in for Mohammed Shami who had a niggle. Ishant Sharma had a modest outing in the last game and he made way for Shardul Thakur. The biggest talking point was the resting of Ravichandran Ashwin, who is yet to feature in the series.
Both changes have made quite an impact. Thakur had played the first test but had got out for a duck. This time he had different ideas. He launched into a stunning counterattack to save India the blushes. He smacked Woakes and Overton around the park, hitting seven boundaries and three sixes. Thakur brought about his fifty in style before eventually getting trapped in front by Woakes.
On the other hand, Umesh Yadav has done brilliantly with the ball so far, picking up three wickets already. He took out Joe Root with a beauty yesterday. Root has been a constant thorn in India’s flesh with three consecutive hundreds.