India was off to a great start after day 1 of the 1st test between India and England after losing the toss and bowling 1st. Brilliant bowling by the Indian pace attack completely dominated England as the hosts were bundled out for 183 and in reply, India reached a quiet 21/0.
The morning indeed showed the day today as Jasprit Bumrah opening the bowling had Rory Burns(0) lbw off the 5th ball of the test as the ball jagged back from off stump line to have Burns lbw.
Dominic Sibley’s ungainly technique made him scratch around as Zak Crawley played some impressive shots interspersed by getting beaten by some great deliveries as the India fast bowlers kept the England batting guessing with top quality swing bowling.
Finally, Md Siraj got the inside edge of Crawley’s (27) bat to be caught behind by Pant and the decision was arrived at after India took the referral.
Sibley’s (18) uncomfortable tenure ended when he flicked Shami straight to Rahul at mid-wicket.
It was finally skipper Joe Root who held the innings together and played many gorgeous shots on both sides of the wicket. His stand with Bairstow proved England’s most productive partnership of 72 runs in generally bright sun as both the players unfurled some gorgeous shots against a pretty incisive Indian bowling till at 138/3 Bairstow (29) was lbw to a very impressive but unlucky Md Shami, again a decision taken after a review on the last ball before tea.
Bairstow’s wicket triggered a big collapse after tea as England lost 7 for just 45 runs as the cloud cover made the balls swing. Dan Lawrence, Jos Buttler and Ollie Robinson made 0s and finally Root (64) perished after a fine innings lbw to a ball cutting back from Shardul Thakur who along with Bumrah and Shami made full use of the overcast conditions & took Robinson (0) in the same over.
Sam Curran hit a few hefty blows in his 27 off 38 balls before Bumrah knocked over Broad and Anderson to finish off England for 183.
The Indian bowlers performed as a team and all of them utilised the favourable conditions to great effect. Bumrah (4/46) comforted his fans with a welcome return to form while Shami (3/28) bowled brilliantly beating the bat numerous times without much luck. Shardul ‘s 2/41 was another fabulous effort after his Gabba test in January.
India in reply batted cautiously with both Rohit and Rahul playing more inside the line so that no outswingers catches their edge as India ended day one at 21/0 .
ENG 183/10 (65.4 Ovs) 1st Innings
IND 21/0 (13 Ovs) 1st Innings