Day 1 of the Southampton Test clearly goes to the Indian pace attack which bowled out England at 243. With excellent use of new ball and conditions, India gave no chance to hosts to come back in the crucial game, which could be a decider for the series. Virat Kohli’s men did their best when it comes to team performance. Early dismissals by Jasprit Bumrah helped the visitors to put pressure on England. In the end, Ashwin did no wrong to bundle out England. Wickets at regular intervals did the remaining part for the visitors in the Southampton Test. Young Sam Curran’s score helped the visitors to post a respectable score.
India will be looking to build an opening partnership on the Day 2, with Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul on the crease.
The Indian cricket team will be looking to pull another one over England and get even in the ongoing 5-Test match series when they face the hosts on Thursday at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. The fourth Test match will begin at 03:30 pm India time and Indian skipper Virat Kohli will be hoping his men fire on all cylinders with both bat and ball. England currently leads the series 2-1.
What happened in the third Test match?
Trailing the Test series by 2-0, Indian team got off to a flying start posting a total of 329 runs in the first innings. Despite a Herculean effort at the difficult pitch of Trent Bridge, Virat Kohli came agonisingly close to scoring a century but had to depart at the score of 97.
Hardik Pandya then took over the mantle of the visitors and completely demolished the batting lineup of England in the subsequent innings restricting them to a total of 161. Pandya bagged 5 scalps at the expense of 28 runs.
It was Virat Kohli once again at the fore who led the team from the front and propelled India to another 300+ score with a sensational century. Chasing a colossal target of 520 runs, England got bundled up at 317 runs with an only major effort coming from Jos Buttler who scored 106 runs.
Thanks to a 5-wicket haul by Jasprit Bumrah, India registered its one of the biggest victories overseas defeating England by 203 runs and making a comeback in the series.
What can be expected in the fourth Test match?
Both Virat Kohli and Joe Root are happy with the pitch and have issued their intent to bat first if they win the toss. Indian team captain made no changes to the squad that defeated England in the previous Test match while Joe Root has made two alterations in the England squad. Sam Curran replaces Chris Woakes while Moeen Ali comes into the place of injured Ben Stokes.
While assessing the pitch, Sanjay Majrekar said, “The pitch looks flawless, nothing to suggest it will be two-paced. The grass is even. Looks like a proper Test match pitch. The team batting first will have to counter the movement in the first hour or so because there is a bit of live grass.”
Apart from the talismanic Virat Kohli, all eyes will be on Hardik Pandya and Ajinkya Rahane who were crucial in India’s victory in the last Test. However, for England, specialist batsman Jos Buttler looks threatening due to his storming back to form while India will also be wary of the threat that veteran bowler James Anderson poses.
What are the playing squads?
India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
England (Playing XI): Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root(c), Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
India 19/0 after 4 overs --- Shikhar Dhawan 3, Lokesh Rahul 11
India ended the day 1 of Southampton Test on a positive note after bowling out England at 246. The visitors will look to take the lead on day 2. At the stumps, India are 19/0 after 4 overs.
England 246/10 after 76.4 overs --- James Anderson 0
England bowled out for 246. Fantastic performance by Indian pacers. Sam Curran is the last man to depart for a well-made 78.
England 172/7 after 62 overs --- Adil Rashid 2, Sam Curran 40
Ravi Ashwin dismisses Moeen Ali! An imprortant breakthrough for India as the duo was builidng am crucial partnership for hosts. It was the first wicket by a spinner in this innings.
England 135/6 after 50 overs --- Moeen Ali 28, Sam Curran 25
Moeen Ali and Sam Curran are slowly but steadily trying to take out England from a deep crisis. England will soon touch 150 mark, with the help of 50-run stand between the duo.
England 122/6 after 44 overs --- Moeen Ali 19, Sam Curran 21
England have improve its run rate, it could be home team's strategy to create pressure on Indian bowlers.Meanwhile, Indian pacers learnt lessons from last 3 Tests. Moeen Ali and Sam Curran are on the crease.
England 89/6 after 36 overs --- Moeen Ali 5, Sam Curran 3
England lose another wicket as Mohammad Shami's excellent delivery dismissed Ben Stokes, who tried his best to stay long on the crease as he did. New batsman Sam Curran comes on the crease to bat.
England 83/5 after 33 overs --- Moeen Ali 3, Ben Stokes 22
Indian pace attack has rattled England top order as the half team has been sent back to the pavilion. The impressive Indian bowling attack continues to keep an eye on more wickets.
England 69/5 after 28 overs --- Moeen Ali 0, Ben Stokes 16
Mohammad Shami dismisses Jos Buttler in his first over after Lunch Break. Indian pacers continue to shine at Southampton. England has no answer to Indian bowlers in their own conditions.
England 57/4 after 24 overs --- Jos Buttler 13, Ben Stokes 12 - Lunch Break
England is on its knees as Indian pacers have shown brilliant skills with the excellent use of conditions. Buttler and Stokes will look to repeat what happened at Trent Bridge.
England 53/4 after 22 overs --- Jos Buttler 11,Ben Stokes 10
England's top order has paralysed drastically, with Indian pacers making full use of the new ball and conditions. Now, England will look to take their innings ahead as Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes are on the crease.
England 40/4 after 18 overs --- Jos Buttler 3,Ben Stokes 6
Hardik Pandya removes most experienced batsman of the England team - Alastair Cook. What a catch by captain Virat Kohli at third slip. Team effort! England in a deep struggle.
England 28/3 after 13 overs --- Alastair Cook 17,Ben Stokes 0
Another strike by Jasprit Bumrah! He gets Jonny Bairstow, caught behind by Pant. Right-hand batsman Ben Stokes comes to the crease. England will be looking to build a partnership after three early dismissals.
England 21/2 after 9 overs --- Alastair Cook 14,Jonny Bairstow 1
England loses Joe Root, what a ball from Ishant Sharma. Joe Root walking back to the dressing room. He was plumb LBW, shows the review. What a cracker of a delivery from Ishant Sharma.
England 10/1 after 6 overs --- Joe Root 4, Alastair Cook 5
As Indian pace bowlers strike, England loses an early wicket. Excellent delivery by Jasprit Bumrah sent Jennings back to the pavilion. It is a dream start for India.