IND vs ENG: With a magnificent last session on the opening day, Team India surged back into the fourth Test against England at the Oval. The visitors added 69 runs for the final three wickets after being reduced to 122/7 at tea, due to a brilliant rearguard action by Shardul Thakur. Shardul’s half-century was the fastest in England history, breaking Ian Botham’s mark.
The English bowlers used the overcast conditions on the opening day to their advantage. It is another partly cloudy day. A brief drizzle is expected in the forenoon hours. However, the chances of rain during the rest of the day remain less than 5%. The temperature will be around 18-21 degrees Celsius. It will be quite humid at the start of play with light winds.
England finished the day on 53/3, 138 runs behind India. Rory Burns and Haseeb Hammed were both dismissed in the same over by Jasprit Bumrah. Joe Root and Dawid Malan scored 46 runs before Umesh Yadav claimed the England captain’s wicket with a beauty.
Earlier in the day, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul opened India’s innings brilliantly for the opening 30 minutes. Chris Woakes removed Sharma, triggering a top-order collapse. India were reduced to 29 for 3.
Ravindra Jadeja was promoted to No. 5 and batted ahead of Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant, an unexpected move. India’s approach, however, backfired when Jadeja was dismissed for 10, minutes following the lunch break. Rahane seemed rusty once more as he handed over his wicket to Overton.
Virat Kohli batted with tenacity for his second consecutive half-century. He became the fastest player to reach the milestone of 23000 international runs in the process. Pant lost his composure and threw away his wicket.
Shardul Thakur blazed to a 31 ball fifty, saving India the blushes. Following Shardul’s stunning performance, the final two wickets fell in the space of three deliveries. Robinson claimed three wickets, while Chris Woakes claimed four.
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