England vs India 2018: 4th Test Match, Day 1 – Lunch Report
Indian skipper Virat Kohli once again called the wrong side of the coin as Joe Root won the toss. Root decided to bat first in the fourth Test match at Ageas Bowl, Southampton. However, it was once again a good toss to lose thus far as India scalped four wickets. England ended the opening session on 57 runs for the loss of four wickets.
Jasprit Bumrah drew first blood of the morning session when he set up England’s opener Keaton Jennings beautifully. Bumrah took three balls away from the southpaw batsman. The pacer displayed a new arrow in his quiver when he got the ball to move back in. Jennings was completely bamboozled and India had their first wicket of the morning.
It was India’s session.
Bumrah could have had second of the morning when he plumbed Joe Root in front of the wickets. However, India’s promising young star could not put aside his penchant for bowling no balls. Thus, he had to once again had to pay the price.
However, Bumrah’s no ball didn’t turn out costly as Ishant Sharma was able to hit the England captain right in front of the stumps. This time Joe Root was not lucky and had to go back after wasting the review. It was Ishant Sharma’s 250 wicket in the red ball version.
Jonny Bairstow looked confident in his defense. However, Bumrah was able to produce the outside edge of Bairstow – a ball that Jonny could not have avoided playing.
Bumrah was on song.
Alastair Cook was looking comfortable at the crease but his 55 balls stay at the crease was put to an end by a brilliant low catch from Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
However, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler who had put a fighting partnership in the second innings of the Trent Bridge Test were able to take England to lunch without any further damage.
Meanwhile, Jos Buttler was given a second life as Pant could not grab to a difficult chance when the batsman inside edge was taken when he was trying to leave the ball. However, Pant was already up on his feet and could not get down in time to hold on to the catch.
Brief Scores: England 57-4, Jasprit Bumrah: 2-21.