Chris Woakes leads England’s fee with ball, India under-par in spite of speedy fifty from Shardul Thakur
England 53 for three (Malan 26*, Bumrah 2-15) path India 191 (Thakur 57, Kohli 50, Woakes 4-55, Robinson 3-38) through 138 runs
India have been bowled out affordably at the first day for the second one Take a look at in a row however retained a foothold after taking 3 England wickets within the late-afternoon sunshine at The Oval.
England had selected to bowl after profitable the toss in overcast prerequisites however have been basking in hazy sunshine by the point their openers headed out halfway throughout the ultimate consultation. However 3 overdue wickets – each openers falling to Jasprit Bumrah and Joe Root castled through Umesh Yadav – left them teetering at 53 for three through the shut.
A lot of England’s early luck got here from bowling dry. They’d to start with struggled to search out swing with the lacquer nonetheless at the new ball – James Anderson conceded 20 in his first 4 overs and was once punished for overpitching – however Robinson and Woakes hardly ever erred from a excellent period and strung in combination seven consecutive maidens with the ranking on 28.
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The ones maidens incorporated the dismissals of each openers. Woakes, again to health after a freak heel harm struggling slipping down a flight of stairs, had the ball swinging right away and triggered an outdoor edge; Rohit Sharma have been leaving fuller balls, however Woakes dragged his period again and had him stuck at the back of through Jonny Bairstow, protecting wicket with Jos Buttler absent on paternity go away.
And after an immaculate new-ball spell, Robinson had KL Rahul trapped lbw with a nip-backer. The verdict was once upheld by the use of the DRS however most effective due to Richard Illingworth’s previous on-field name; Rahul was once just about out of doors the road as he was once hit at the again pad, however ball-tracking stated umpire’s name.
Anderson’s moment spell was once a vital development, and he had Cheteshwar Pujara feathering an edge at the back of to Bairstow. Kohli seemed in effective contact previous on, however the primary speaking level over the lunch period was once the promotion of Ravindra Jadeja to No. 5 – apparently to get a divorce the run of right-hand batters in India’s heart order.
Kohli was once given a lifestyles on 22 through Root, who put down a possibility to start with slip off Woakes – even though arguably Rory Burns, at moment, must have long past for the catch to his left, since Root noticed it overdue and needed to transfer an extended strategy to his correct. Root made amends of varieties in Woakes’ subsequent over, placing onto any other tricky likelihood off Jadeja’s out of doors edge, however Kohli’s fluency was once ominous for England.
After absorbing 10 consecutive dot balls, Kohli was once worried to attain and formed to show a period ball into the leg aspect, however Robinson’s unerring line and period didn’t permit him to take action. As a substitute, he discovered a touch of nip away off the seam, taking Kohli’s out of doors edge and leaving India reeling at 105 for five.
Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant, each below power after deficient excursions, fell after contrasting innings: Rahane tentative right through, guidance Overton to 3rd slip the place Moeen Ali clung onto a low likelihood; Pant frenetic, skipping right down to hack Woakes’ slower ball to mid-off, 3 balls after Overton had put him down within the slips.
That left Thakur – introduced again into the aspect with Mohammed Shami dominated out with a niggle, Ishant Sharma dropped and R Ashwin overpassed once more – because the remaining batter of any word and he determined the one strategy to move was once to assault. He swung laborious, thumping Overton for 6 over mid-off and tucking into Woakes, smiting him for 6 fours and a six.
Thakur rode his success right through, dropped on 43 after gloving a pull to Bairstow and with a number of pictures falling simply wanting fielders, however flat-batted Robinson again over his head for 4 then pulled his subsequent ball for 6 to achieve a 31-ball fifty – the second-fastest through an India batter – which he greeted with a triumphant roar. He was once pinned through Woakes, out lbw on overview, in a while after, ahead of Bumrah was once run out and Umesh Yadav edged at the back of as India misplaced their remaining 3 wickets within the house of 4 balls.
Bumrah blew the sport again open through getting rid of each England openers within the house of 5 balls, discovering further soar from simply wanting a period. Rory Burns seemed to play overdue however inside-edged onto his personal stumps, and Haseeb Hameed’s tried back-cut most effective controlled to divert a brief ball into Pant’s gloves.
Root and Dawid Malan rebuilt with some fluency from 6 for two, punishing any width on all sides of the wicket in a stand of 46 in 11.3 overs, however Root’s dismissal overdue within the day – bowled through an inch-perfect nip-backer from Umesh, which beat his within edge and kissed the highest of his off stump – may but turn out to be a vital second, protecting India within the sport. Overton was once despatched in as nightwatchman and Ollie Pope, recalled in Buttler’s position on his house flooring, will likely be due in at No. 6.
Matt Curler is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98