Shardul saves India the blushes: India vs England 4th Test Day 1 recap

By Abhishek Srinivasan


Team India was put in to bat by England in the 4th test at the Oval. There were changes in both the India and England camps after the previous match. Shardul Thakur and Umesh Yadav came in in place of Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami for India. Ollie Pope in place of Jos Buttler, while fit-again Chris Woakes replaced Sam Curran for England.

India got off to a shaky start after losing their openers early. Pujara too didn’t affect the scoreline much and got out cheaply after an impressive 91 in the previous game. Captain Kohli steadied the ship and played a beautiful knock of 50 runs before falling to Robinson again. Wickets were tumbling at intervals until Shardul Thakur produced a masterclass. He scored 57 runs off 36 balls and took India to a decent total. He carried India from 127-7 to 190-7. Jasprit Bumrah was off to a fantastic start dismissing the openers very cheaply. Joe Root and David Malan steadied the ship for England. Root was terrific as usual but a Umesh Yadav gaffer dismantled his off stump and the day ended with England 53 for the loss of 3 wickets.

England currently trails by 138 runs after day 1.


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