India dominated day one of the fourth Test against England at the Southampton as they look to level the five-match series, with Jasprit Bumrah leading their impressive pace attack.
Meanwhile, Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat first only to his dismay. England openers continued their poor form with the bat a Bumrah drew the first blood in England innings. He led the team from the front as England lost their top four batsmen before lunch.
It was Mohammed Shami’s turn in the afternoon session at Southampton who removed settled Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes. This has helped India go in front, but an 81-run partnership between Moeen Ali and Sam Curran saved England from humiliation.
Curran played another magical knock to take the score close to 250 before team India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin cleaned the tail. The hosts had 15 minutes to dent into the Indian batting but failed to make any breakthrough. India finished the day with 15 for 0.
Here are the statistical highlights from day one of the fourth between England and India at Southampton:
Virat Kohli (38) now has the most Tests as captains before playing an unchanged XI in successive games. Graeme Smith leads the chart with 44 Tests.
Alastair Cook is playing his 29th Test against India – the joint most for a player against India equalling Ricky Ponting’s 29 appearances.
Sam Curran (209) has now faced more deliveries this series than Keaton Jennings (205) & Alastair Cook (203) despite playing a fewer Test. He has also scored 50+ more runs than the opening duo.
Ishant Sharma completed his 250 Wickets in test cricket. He is the 7th Indian bowler to achieve this feat and only the third fast bowler after Kapil Dev (434) and Zaheer Khan (311).
Ishant Sharma also completed his 50 Test Wickets against England. He is the 7th bowler from India to reach the milestone.
This is the first time where five Indian bowlers have claimed 10+ wickets in the same Test series.