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India vs England 4th Test, Day 1 Highlights: ENG 53/3 at stumps, trail by 138 runs

India vs England 4th Test, Day 1 Highlights: After being bowled out for 191 in their first innings, India finish the first day on a high by removing three England wickets before stumps.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: September 3, 2021 8:44:26 am
IND vs ENGIndia's Umesh Yadav celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of England's Joe Root. (Reuters/Andrew Couldridge)

India vs England 4th Test, Day 1 Highlights: The five-match Test series between India and England hangs at 1-1 after the high of an inspirational Indian triumph at the Lord’s was followed by back-to-back batting debacles at the Headingley. In the fourth Test at the Oval, India were bundled for 191 in their first innings on the first day of action on Thursday but bounced back later on.

Virat Kohli hit his 27th Test fifty while Shardul Thakur saved India the blushes with a sensational 57 off 36 balls 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. In reply, the hosts were restricted to 53/3 at stumps after the loss of their in-form captain Joe Root.

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (w), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

England (Playing XI): Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow (w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Craig Overton, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson

Match EndedIndia tour of England, 2021 - 4th Test


290 (84.0) u0026 210 (92.2)


191 (61.3) u0026 466 (148.2)
Match Ended ( Day 5 - 4th Test )
India beat England by 157 runs

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India vs England 4th Test, Day 1 Highlights:

23:05 (IST)02 Sep 2021
ENG trail by 138 runs at stumps!

Stumps! Malan (26*) and night-watchman Overton (1*) make it to the end of the day. ENG: 53/3 (17 overs)

22:54 (IST)02 Sep 2021

Huge, huge wicket! Umesh justifies his selection with this one wicket as he gets the man in form, Root! The pacer's delivery comes in with the angle to breach the England captain's defence. Root departs on 21. ENG: 52/3 (15.3 overs)

22:32 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Root, Malan hold fort well

As expected, ever since Root (12*) has stepped onto the pitch, England have looked threatening. The skipper smacks Umesh for two fours and his partner Malan (12*) joins in on the act too against Bumrah. ENG: 29/2 (10 overs)

21:57 (IST)02 Sep 2021

Gone! Bumrah with the breakthrough! Burns is sent back to the pavilion early on after being bowled and minutes later, Hameed follows his opening partner after being caught behind by Pant. Bright start by India. ENG: 6/2 (4 overs)

21:45 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Burns, Hameed open ENG's innings

Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed are at the crease. Umesh Yadav opens the attack for India with the ball.

21:31 (IST)02 Sep 2021
IND bowled out for 191

WICKET! Umesh Yadav is the last man to depart, caught by Bairstow! A one-handed grab from Bairstow and India have been bowled out for 191.

21:29 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Run Out!

Bumrah departs without facing a ball, he has been run-out by Burns who scores a direct-hit. IND- 190/9

21:28 (IST)02 Sep 2021
End of Entertainment! Shardul falls

Shardul Thakur's entertaining knock comes to an end on 57. Woakes gets another, and it is a vital one in the context of the game. A sustained, standing ovation after a lower-order special from Shardul Thakur. He has done the job for India. We were wondering sometime back that will India reach 200 and Shardul has ensured that they do! IND- 190/8

21:24 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Fifty with a SIXXXXXX!

Shardul brings up his half-century in style with a maximum. This has come off just 31 deliveries. Everyone at the Oval is on their feet, and deservedly so for Shardul Thakur

21:23 (IST)02 Sep 2021
What a shot! Shardul on fire
21:21 (IST)02 Sep 2021
 Umesh gets lucky

A big inside edge has saved him - on a good length and angling into the right-hander, he fell across on the clip and if not for some bat on it, would have been a dead duck. IND- 160/7

20:59 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Shardul Thakur on the counter-attack

Shardul is playing a blinder! A couple of fours and followed by a six! The perfect counter-punch from the right-hander! Can he take India past 200? It's still a long away. IND- 146/7

20:56 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Pant is gone!

Pant is gone! Caught by Moeen Ali! Walks down the pitch in a pre-meditated manner, Woakes saw it coming and cleverly pushed it wide - Pant goes for it and the ball hits the toe-end and a simple catch to Moeen at mid-off. IND- 127/7

20:16 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Tea break!

That's the end of the second session... another that has gone England's way. India lost Jadeja early on and just when things started to settle down a bit, Kohli lost his wicket yet again after a half-century. Afterwards, Rahane's poor form continued as he was dismissed by Overton. Pant (4*) and Thakur (4*) are in the middle now. IND: 122/6 (51 overs)

20:07 (IST)02 Sep 2021

Overton bags his first of the innings as he removes Rahane (14) from the middle. The India vice-captain repeats his pattern of mistakes, doesn't move too well, edges one behind to Moeen Ali at third slip. IND: 117/6 (49.5 overs)

19:39 (IST)02 Sep 2021

Robinson gets the big fish just before the tea break! Kohli departs on 50 in a very familiar fashion... nicking one behind to the wicketkeeper. The pacer finally gets his length right, angling it in on a fourth stump line and then straightening it just a fraction. Kohli tries to work it on his leg-side but ends up with an inside edge to Bairstow. IND: 105/5 (42.5 overs)

19:23 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Kohli hits consecutive fifties!

Kohli (50*) brings up his 27th Test fifty in back-to-back innings! Eight boundaries in 85 balls. IND: 105/4 (40 overs)

19:14 (IST)02 Sep 2021
IND cross 100-run mark!

India finally manage to cross the 100-run mark, thanks to Kohli's stable and responsible knock so far. He has settled in, taking on both Robinson and Anderson, hitting them for some classy fours. Rahane's on 5*. IND: 100/4 (39 overs)

18:36 (IST)02 Sep 2021

So, that didn't work out, did it? Jadeja, after coming on at number five, perishes after edging a Woakes delivery straight to the hands of Root at first slip. The batsman departs on 10 and on comes vice-captain Rahane. IND: 69/4 (30 overs)

18:17 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Second session underway...

Kohli (22*) starts the second session with a bang as he takes on Woakes and smacks a glorious cover-drive all the way to the boundary rope! Can the skipper step up to the occasion and play a match-defining knock? IND: 60/3 (26 overs)

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