Indian bowlers came out with what can be said as a brilliant and disciplined performance as England ended Day One of the fifth and final Test at 198-7 at the Kia Oval on Friday.
Ishant Sharma was the pick of the bowlers, at least in terms of wickets as he took three important wickets—Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow and Sam Curran. He was well supported by Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja who both took two-two wickets. Not to forget Mohammed Shami, who kept bowling on probing lines and kept asking questions of the English batters. Read here the highlights of Day 1
Alastair Cook, playing his final Test was England, made the highest contribution as he scored what was a fighting yet important 71-run knock.
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Earlier after winning the toss and electing to bat, the hosts had their best opening partnership of the series so far as Keaton Jennings and Cook put on 60 runs for the first wicket.
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja came with the first breakthrough for India as he sent back Jennings in the 24th over with the hosts’ scorecard reading 60 runs.
Jennings miscalculated attempt to nudge the ball towards leg side came straight off the face of the bat and landed safely in the hands of Lokesh Rahul at the leg slip.
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Thereafter, Moeen Ali (50) and Cook stood tall and made sure England don’t lose any wicket till lunch. Things seemed to be drifting away from India at tea in the midst of umpteen plays and misses from Moeen and Cook. But even at that stage, the Indian bowlers did pretty well to ensure that the run-rate never got out of hand.
However, once Bumrah went past Cook, it opened the floodgates. India picked up six wickets in the final session to end on top of first day’s play proceedings. England will resume on Day 2 at 198-7 having Jos Buttler (11) and Adil Rashid (4) are unbeaten at the crease.
Earlier, India handed debut to batting all-rounder Hanuma Vihari. He became the 292nd player to represent India in Test cricket.