England vs India: After the visitors were handed an innings defeat at Leeds, the action moves to the Kia Oval in London. Traditionally a batting track, captain Joe Root elected to bowl first given the overcast conditions. The decision turned out to be spot-on as the famed Indian batting lineup failed to live up to expectations once again.
Shardul Thakur came into bat with India reeling at 117-6. Pant soon departed, trying to whack Chris Woakes out of the park. With only the tail for company, Thakur took matters into his own hands. He launched into a counter-attack, smacking Woakes and Overton to all parts of the ground.
In the 60th over of the innings, he brought out about his half-century in style. He first flat batted Robinson for a boundary over mid-off. The following ball was banged in short and Shardul hammered a pull shot, depositing the ball over the square leg boundary. Watch the video here:
His knock was composed of seven boundaries and three sixes. He celebrated with a roar, with the dressing room and captain Virat Kohli looking visibly pleased.
Indian openers looked comfortable for the first six overs and there seem little movement of the ball. However, Rohit Sharma soon departed to a jaffa from the returning Chris Woakes. Rahul looked good in his short stay but was trapped in the front by Robinson. Pujara soon followed suit, nicking a delivery behind off James Anderson.
Virat Kohli scored a gritty half-century, supported by Jadeja and Rahane. He reached the 23000 international runs milestone in the process, the fastest player to do so. Pant lost his patience and threw away his wicket. After Shardul’s whirlwind knock, the last two wickets took only three deliveries. Chris Woakes finished with a four-wicket haul while Robinson took three.