India vs England 5th test Day 1 Match Report-2018

Indian pace attack came up with an yet another splendid performance with the ball, as the visitors restricted England to 198/7 at stumps on Day 1 of the fifth test at Oval.

Earlier home skipper Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat, as the opening pair of Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings added 60 runs which was the highest for England in this series.

Hanuma Vihari who earned a maiden Test debut by replacing Hardik Pandya, was brought on first change in the 14th over. He however was given only an solitary over.

Left arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja who came in place of Ravi Ashwin, gave India the much needed breakthrough by getting rid of Jennings for 23 runs who was out caught at leg slip by KL Rahul.

The 33-year old left hander, who will be retiring from international cricket after this Test, made 71 runs in his final innings. He however, was given a life on 37 runs when vice captain Ajinkya Rahane dropped him at gully off the bowling of Sharma.

The hosts were in a strong position at 133/1, when Bumrah struck by getting rid of Cook and Root in successive deliveries in the 64th over.

Ishant Sharma got into the act by getting rid of wicket keeper Jonny Bairstow in the next over to reduce the home side to 134-4.

Moeen Ali and all rounder Ben Stokes consolidated and added 37 runs for the fifth wicket. The latter brought up his half century off 167 balls.

Jadeja in the 78th over trapped Stokes leg before wicket for 11 runs.

The 31 year old Ali tried to resurrect England’s innings with a patient 50 off 170 balls but Ishant in the 83rd over returned and claimed two wickets in three balls as the home side further slipped to 181 for 7.

Post tea the home side lost their way as they crumbled from 133-1 to 181-7. They lost their last 6 wickets for 58 runs.

Edgbaston hero Sam Curran had a rare failure with the bat as he was dismissed for a golden duck.

Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid remained unbeaten, as they saw the day through without any further alarms.

England (198/7) at stumps on Day 1- (Moeen Ali 50) Ishant Sharma 3/28.

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