India got the better of the first day of the fourth Test against England at Southampton as they look to level the series, with Jasprit Bumrah leading their impressive pace attack.
Meanwhile, all-rounder, Sam Curran played another spirited knock to save his side from humiliation, as England recovered from 86 for 6 to reach 246. The hosts had 15 minutes to dent into the Indian batting but failed to make any breakthrough. India finished the day with 15 for 0.
Previously, Joe Root opted to bat first in the morning at the picturesque Southampton, but England’s top-order failed to deliver once more. They lost four wickets in the opening session with Jasprit Bumrah leading the charge. However, it was Mohammed Shami’s turn in the afternoon session as he removed the settled Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes.
An excellent partnership between Moeen Ali and Sam Curran followed which revived the England innings. They added 81 runs for the seventh wicket to save the hosts from embarrassment. Ravichandran Ashwin cleaned up the tail returning with figures of two for 40 as they rattled for 246 runs.
Here are the statistical highlights from day one of the fourth between England and India at Southampton:
Virat Kohli (38) now has the most Tests as captains before playing an unchanged XI in successive games. Graeme Smith leads the chart with 44 Tests.
Alastair Cook is playing his 29th Test against India – the joint most for a player against India equalling Ricky Ponting’s 29 appearances.
Sam Curran (209) has now faced more deliveries this series than Keaton Jennings (205) & Alastair Cook (203) despite playing a fewer Test. He has also scored 50+ more runs than the opening duo.
Ishant Sharma completed his 250 Wickets in test cricket. He is the 7th Indian bowler to achieve this feat and only the third fast bowler after Kapil Dev (434) and Zaheer Khan (311).
Ishant Sharma also completed his 50 Test Wickets against England. He is the 7th bowler from India to reach the milestone.
This is the first time where five Indian bowlers have claimed 10+ wickets in the same Test series.