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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

India bounce back from 191-all out by reducing England to 53/3 at Oval

After being bowled out for 191 in their first innings, India finished the first day of the fourth Test on a high by removing three England wickets before stumps.

By: PTI | London |
Updated: September 2, 2021 11:30:51 pm
India's Umesh Yadav celebrates with teammates after dismissing England's Joe Root. (Reuters)

England were 53 for three at stumps in response to India’s 191 on day one of the fourth Test here on Thursday.

Jasprit Bumrah removed the openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed in one over before Umesh Yadav found the defences of in-form Joe Root.

Virat Kohli made 50 off 96 balls while Shardul Thakur saved India the blushes with a sensational 57 off 36 balls and took the total towards 200 in the final session. As many as seven wickets fell in the final session.

England produced another top-class bowling effort after winning the toss with Chris Woakes taking four wickets and Ollie Robinson taking three.

Robinson dismissed Kohli for the third time in the series with the India skipper departing after a well-made fifty. India reached 122 for six at tea.

India struggled against the moving ball in the morning session, struggling to 54 for three at lunch.

Root put India in to bat amid overcast conditions. Coming back from injury, Woakes made instant impact by having Rohit Sharma (11) caught behind in his first over.

Robinson then trapped K L Rahul (17) with a ball that nipped backed in.

Cheteshwar Pujara followed an outswinger from James Anderson only to edge it to the wicketkeeper to leave India reeling at 39 for three.

Jadeja came ahead of Rahane and Pant.

Brief scores: India 191 all out in 61.3 overs (Virat Kohli 50, Shardul Thakur 57; James Anderson 1/41, Ollie Robinson 3/38, Chris Woakes 4/55, Craig Overton 1/49). England 53/3 in 17 overs (Joe Root 21, Dawid Malan batting 26; Jasprit Bumrah 2/15).

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