Pace bowler Shardul Thakur scored a quickfire half century to keep India in hunt at the end of Day 1 of the fourth test at Oval on Thursday.
England made couple of changes in the playing XI with Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes coming in for Jos Buttler and Sam Curran, while India on the other hand included Shardul Thakur and Umesh Yadav for Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma.
After being asked to bat first by England skipper Joe Root, India’s opening pair of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul got their team off to a solid start. The duo added 28 runs for the opening wicket before Chris Woakes broke the partnership by dismissing Rohit caught behind the stumps for 11.
Ollie Robinson then got into the act by dismissing Rahul leg before wicket. Cheteshwar Pujara fell cheaply as he edged a Anderson delivery to Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps.
Ravindra Jadeja who was promoted at No 5 ahead of Ajinkya Rahane in the batting order added 30 runs along with skipper Virat Kohli before the former was caught at slips by Root off Woakes.
Kohli scored yet another half-century in the series before being dismissed by Robinson. The likes of Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant failed to get going leaving India in tatters at 127/7.
Shardul Thakur who was included in the playing XI in place of Mohammed Shami smashed the England bowlers to all parts of the ground.
Thakur scored swashbuckling 57 as the visitors were bowled out for 191. His knock came off 36 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes.
Chris Woakes was the pick of the bowlers for England with figures of 4/55, while Robinson bagged 3 wickets.
In reply, Jasprit Bumrah gave the visitors a perfect start by dismissing both openers cheaply leaving England at 6/2.
The pair of Dawid Malan and skipper Joe Root steadied the ship with a 46 run stand for the third wicket before Umesh Yadav claimed the prize scalp of the in form Root bowled for 21.
At stumps, England reached 53/3, still trailing by 138 runs.
Stumps at the end of Day 1
India- 191 all out. (Virat Kohli 50, Shardul Thakur 57. Chris Woakes 4/55, Robinson 3/38) vs England 53/3.(Dawid Malan 26*, Joe Root 21. Jasprit Bumrah 2/15) trail by 138 runs.