Team India pacer struck thrice in the morning session to put the visitors ahead on day three of the fourth Test against England at Southampton.
Meanwhile, the hosts started at 21 runs less with all their wickets intact. The onus was their openers Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings to deliver, who has struggled so far. Ravichandran Ashwin started the proceeding for India while the openers took a cautious approach. They left the ball outside the off-stump as the Indian pacer kept posing questions.
However, it was not before when Jasprit Bumrah struck to dismiss Cook, whose poor form continues. Bumrah got Cook driving and gets him caught in the slips. KL Rahul juggles with it twice or thrice but then hangs on to the rebound at the second slips.
This brought Moeen Ali in the middle, who was coming on the back of double hundred in the County Cricket. He was high in confidence after returning with a five-wicket haul with the ball. However, he failed to produce a stellar effort with the bat at Southampton.
It was a length delivery that curved away from off, straightening from round the wicket. Ali (3) fails to account for the late movement. Ali fails to account for the late movement. His front foot was stuck in the crease as he tries hard to play it with soft hands. Hence the edge was dying to the right of KL Rahul who does so very well.
Moeen Ali stood for few second as Bruce Oxenford’s soft signal is out too. The replays proved that his fingers are underneath it. Since then, Joe Root put up a good show with Jennings as England brought their 50.
There were few nervous moments for the hosts as Jasprit Bumrah trapped Root in front. India skipper Virat Kohli seemed confident and went for the review only to lose it. Furthermore, Ishant Sharma also got a second warning from the umpires for stepping on the danger zone.
However, Mohammed Shami caught Jennings (36) plumb as England went to lunch for 92 for 3. Jenning’s long resistance has finally come to an end as the umpire called for the lunch.
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