ENG vs IND, 4th Test Day 2 Live Cricket Score Updates: India aim for early wickets – Firstcricket News, Firstpost
ENG vs IND, 4th Test Live Cricket Score Updates: Day 1 of the fourth Test was another roller-coaster day as 13 wickets fell. England had India under the pump at 127/7 after opting to bowl first. But then Shardul Thakur launched a stunning counterattack to push India to 191. An innings of 57 off 36 balls was laced with seven fours and three sixes. In reply, India carried forward the momentum while bowling and reduced England to 53/3 at Stumps. The wicket of Joe Root was huge and it meant that both teams shared honours on the day. India would be looking for early wickets while Dawid Malan and Craig Overton will be looking to steady the ship, see off the tricky first hour and then take things forward. We are in for another cracking day.
Day 1 report: Shardul Thakur has been nicknamed “Beefy” by India coach Ravi Shastri, in a playful nod to former England great Ian Botham, and he showed just why at the Oval on Thursday.
India was in trouble at 127-7 after barely two sessions of the fourth test against England when Thakur launched a stunning, counterattacking cameo of which Botham would be proud.
The fastest test fifty ever seen at the storied south London venue — off just 31 balls — saw the right-handed tailender bring India back into the match, with his 36-ball 57 the top score in a total of 191 all out.
India’s fightback continued into the start of England’s reply, with both openers falling cheaply to Jasprit Bumrah and Joe Root bowled by Umesh Yadav for 21 just before stumps.
With England closing on 53-3, the match was in the balance in an oscillating five-match series that is locked at 1-1.
“Right now, the game is equally poised,” Thakur said.
That’s mostly down to him.
He had three lusty sixes to go with his seven fours in an innings that briefly rattled an England pace attack that swarmed all over India’s top order, with only Virat Kohli (50) showing any real form.
One six flew over mid-on. Another was swept off his legs. Thakur roared with delight when bringing up his half-century and pointed his bat to the balcony where his India teammates were standing and applauding.
Oh, and which player’s record did he surpass with his super-quick fifty? Botham, of course, from 1986.
“These guys are teasing me with his name,” Thakur said, laughing. “I think it’s good to compared with a great of the game.”
England justified its choice to bowl first under an overcast sky, with all of its seamers in the wickets. Especially Chris Woakes, who marked his first test in more than a year — because of COVID-related reasons, then injury — by taking 4-55.
After reaching 28-0 after seven overs, India lost openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma without adding to the total during a string of seven consecutive maidens.
Woakes bagged Rohit in his first over for 11, as Jonny Bairstow — wicketkeeping for the first time since 2019 while Jos Buttler was by the side of his wife, who is due to give birth — took the catch.
Rahul was then out for 17, rapped on his back pad by Ollie Robinson, whose series just gets better and better. He finished with figures of 3-38.
Jimmy Anderson’s second spell earned him the wicket before lunch of Cheteshwar Pujara, who was looking to block but edged behind after scoring 4.
Three more wickets fell between lunch and tea, including that of Kohli, who was given a life on 22 when dropped by Root at slip but departed when he edged behind to Robinson, who removed the India captain for the third time this summer.
The flamboyant Rishabh Pant threw away his wicket for 9, mistiming a slog that went high to Moeen Ali at deep mid-off, and it needed Thakur’s salvo to rescue India from being dismissed very cheaply like it was in the third test at Headingley. On that occasion, the Indians were rolled over for 78 on the way to defeat.
“When Rishabh got out, it was important for me to play such an innings,” Thakur said. “Today was a day I could connect properly, so I kept going for the runs.”
Thakur’s dismissal — he was trapped lbw by Woakes for his fourth wicket — prompted a late collapse by India, whose final three batters went in the space of four balls.
Still, India was back in the game, even more so when Bumrah removed Rory Burns, who chopped onto his own stumps for 5, and Haseeb Hameed, who edged uppishly behind for a 12-ball duck, in his first two overs.
Root, the world’s top-ranked test batsman on the back of three centuries this series, looked set and put on 46 for the third wicket with Dawid Malan only to be clean-bowled by Yadav.
The English trailed by 138 runs. It might have been their day, but only just.
Here’s all you need to know about when and where to watch the fourth England-India Test match:
When will the fourth India vs England Test be played?
The fourth England vs India Test will be played from Thursday, 2 September, 2021.
Where will the fourth India vs England Test be played?
The fourth Test between England and India will be played at The Oval in London.
What time will the fourth India vs England Test begin?
The fourth Test between England and India will begin at 3.30 pm IST. The toss is set to take place at 3 pm on Day 1.
How can I watch the India vs England Test match?
You can watch the fourth England vs India Test on Sony Six/ Sony Six HD, Sony Ten 3/ Sony Ten 3 HD, with LIVE streaming on Sony LIV. You can also follow our LIVE blog on firstpost.com for scores and updates.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Mayank Agarwal, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Prasidh Krishna
England: Joe Root (C), Moeen, Anderson, Bairstow, Billings, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Malan, Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
With inputs from AP
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