AUGUST 30, 2018
Brief Scorecard: India 19 for 0 (Rahul 11*, Dhawan 3*) trail England 246 (Curran 78, Bumrah 3-46) by 227 runs
Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami continued to torment England as India took the upper hand on the opening day of the fourth Test at Southampton.
India reached 19/0 from 4 overs with Shikhar Dhawan (3 not out) and KL Rahul (11 not out) in response to England’s first innings score of 246.
There is all to play for both teams with England leading the five-match series 2-1. England had won the first two Tests at Edgbaston and Lord’s before India fought back to win the third Test at Trent Bridge.
For the first time under Virat Kohli, India remained unchanged in a Test match. That meant Bumrah, Shami, Ishant Sharma and Hardik Pandya returned to haunt England’s batsmen.
After Joe Root elected to bat at the Aegis Bowl, Bumrah struck early to remove Keaton Jennings. Soon after, he had trapped Root lbw – a loud appeal was overturned but when India opted to use the DRS, replays showed Bumrah had over-stepped. Had he not bowled a no-ball, Root would have been out because the ball tracker showed three red dots. The ball was clearly crashing into stumps.
However, Root could not make the most of a lucky escape and he was trapped lbw soon after by Ishant Sharma. Root chose to review but it was in vain as England lost their third wicket.
There was misery in store for England when Bumrah dismissed Jonny Bairstow for 6. He is playing this Test as a specialist batsman after suffering a minor fracture in the previous match. Alastair Cook’s poor form continued and he was sent back by Pandya for 17 as England slipped to 36 for four.
Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, who had defied India for a while at Trent Bridge, got together again and tried to steady England. But both fell to Shami after lunch.
It was then left to Moeen Ali (40) and Sam Curran to do some repair work down the order and that was no easy task. Moeen did not play the first three Tests while Curran made way for Stokes in the third Test. But both men showed great resolve to keep a charged-up Indian attack at bay.
The duo was involved in an 81-run stand for the 7th wicket.
After Moeen’s departure, Curran continued to play his shots all over the park and soon brought up his half-century.
Curran forged another fifty partnership with Stuart Broad to take England’s score past 200.
Bumrah then removed Broad and Ashwin soon after got rid of Curran to bring an end to England’s innings.
Bumrah was the pick of the Indian bowlers finishing with 3/46. Ravichandran Ashwin, Shami and Ishant Sharma bagged two wickets each.
Courtesy: India Today / ESPNCricnfo