Ind v Eng 1st Test: Bumrah (5/64) puts India ahead in spite of Root’s masterclass 109
What a riveting day of Test cricket!!
One of those days of high standard test cricket if ever there was one. High octane pace bowling by India and a batting masterclass by Joe Root dominated the days play and when Indian openers were poise to keep a clean slate, Stuart Broad produced an unplayable delivery to get India’s best batsman in this test to set up an intriguing final days play weather permitting.
Starting at 25/0 England openers scratched around before Siraj got the outside edge of Burns’ (18) bat. Crawley (7) nicked Bumrah to Pant to set the stage for Joe Root to take over.
Root had a long stand with dogged Dom Sibley who played a most unspectacular innings to keep the Indian bowlers at bay. While Root took on the Indian bowlers with crisp strokeplay. Finally, Sibley (28) got an inside edge to a Bumrah incutter to end his long vigil.
Bairstow (30) looked in great nick as he was unfurling his shots before a pull shot was hit straight to deep square leg’s palms against the run of play to bring Lawrence at the crease who gradually gain his confidence and was looking good before Thakur trapped him lbw for 25.
Root was peerless and was playing sublime shots but unfortunately did not get a durable partner who can stay long with him for a bigger partnership .
After tea, Thakur got Buttler (17) to shoulder arms and hit his off stump. Sam Curran joined Root and immediately started playing with controlled aggression as they stitched a vital 37 run stand.
Ind v Eng 1st Test: Bumrah (5/64) puts India ahead in spite of Root’s masterclass 109. The new ball was taken and immediately Bumrah finally had Root (109) caught behind with a delivery. That bounced and caught the edge behind the stumps. Root’s dismissal signalled a collapse as England rapidly lost their last 4 wickets for 29 runs to be all out for 303. Sam Curran (32) was caught at midon off another attacking shot of Bumrah while Broad was knock over by a searing yorker. Robinson look dangerous but at 15 he was caught at third man off Shami to signal the end of England’s second innings for 303 leaving India to get 209.
Right through the day, the Indian bowlers kept getting wickets whenever England threatened a long partnership. Bumrah just like in 2018 at the same venue , again proved the outstanding bowler with 5/64 and took 9 for the match. Siraj showed aggression to get 2 wickets as also Shardul. Shami looked under par and was leaking runs till finally, he got the last wicket.
India began well against Anderson and Broad and Rahul looked confident after his first innings success dispatching anything loose. While Rohit was batting solidly. Both players as in the first innings played close to their body as India were progressing gradually till Broad came back for his end spell to produce an unplayable delivery that angled in and held its line to get the edge to Buttler. Rahul (26) was playing well and thus it was a big blow for India. However Pujara and Rohit saw through the remainder of the day without further casualty. As India reached a promising 52/1, and only 156 more to get with 9 wickets in hand.
ENG 1st Inns 183
IND 1st Inns 278
ENG 2nd Inns 303-10 (85.5 Ovs)
Sam Curran 32(45)
IND 2nd Inns 52-1 (14 Ovs)