England vs India 2018: Twitter Reacts as India Bounces Back in Final Session
India was able to bounce back in the final session as they picked six wickets in the final session on the opening day of the fifth Test match against England. Indian bowlers showed great resistance as they didn’t let the hosts off the hook.
Meanwhile, England got off to a cautious start as Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings put together the maiden opening fifty run stand for the hosts in this series. Keaton Jennings played a leg glance straight to leg slip, KL Rahul, who was put there only for that shot. England got to Lunch on 68 for one.
It was India’s day.
India had two chances to send back Moeen Ali and Alastair Cook right after the Lunch break. Subsequently, Cook was handed a second life by Ajinkya Rahane when the Indian deputy failed to hang on to a low catch, off Jasprit Bumrah. Cook was on 37 runs at that time.
In fact, another chance went begging when Virat Kohli could not hold on to a tough catch. Mohammad Shami was the unlucky bowler as he bowled at the top of his game. However, the outside edge of England batsmen eluded him.
Meanwhile, Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali continued to score their runs at a tortoise speed. The southpaw pair scored 55 runs in the post-lunch session. In fact, the left-handed pair put together an alliance of 63 runs in almost forty overs.
However, Indian bowlers remained patient as they kept hitting the right areas. Cook inside edge found the stumps and the veteran batsman took the long walk back to the pavilion. England captain Joe Root stay at the crease was short-lived when he could not tackle an inswinger from Bumrah.
Indian bowlers kept digging in.
England gloveman Jonny Bairstow continued his horror show with the bat as his outside edge was taken by Pant as Ishant Sharma joined his pace partner, Bumrah into the party.
Furthermore, Ben Stokes could not put bat to an innocuous half volley from Jadeja. Thus, he was plumbed in front. On the other hand, Moeen Ali crawled to his fifty from 167 balls, his slowest in England shirt.
Subsequently, India’s pack leader Ishant Sharma produced a two-wicket over to put India’s noses in front. Moeen Ali finally outside edged one after playing and missing a plethora of deliveries. However, India was also able to get rid of Sam Curran who has breathed down India’s bowler’s neck. The 20-year old was trying to leave the ball when the ball kissed his bat into Pant’s glove.
Jos Buttler survived two close calls when the decisions were reversed after they went upstairs. England finished the day at 198 for seven on a pitch which is paradise for the batsmen as there is nothing much in it for the bowlers. Thus, it was India’s day.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Day 1 of the fifth Test match.
This is not a bat-first-170-5 pitch. India have been very disciplined and relentless but England must worry about their batting
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 7, 2018
One player who has really shown the benefit of playing county cricket is Ishant Sharma. Has had another great day in a great series for him
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 7, 2018
Replays were showing Moeen Ali's dismissal and Sanju Manju explained the fall of Sam Curran. #ENGvIND
— Shubh AggarWall (@shubh_chintak) September 7, 2018
Just love this Ishant Sharma 2.0 .. T20 cricket shut its door and that’s possibly unleashed a beast in him.. we often offer extra respect to batsmen purely committed to the longest format, should be the same in his case too!! Der aaye durust aaye .. #EngvInd
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) September 7, 2018
From 133/1 to 181/7….gotta love the way lIndian fast bowling has, time and again, brought the team right back into the game. #EngvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 7, 2018
a miracle in the works? we might complete 90 overs in time! #ENGvIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) September 7, 2018
Rishabh Pant has so far conceded 53 byes during his short Test career. Not all his fault!#EngvInd
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 7, 2018
— Shivam Singh/शिवम सिंह (@real_shivamsing) September 7, 2018
बौलर्स आशा दिखाते हैं,
बैट्समैन आशा की माँ-बहन कर देते हैं।#ENGvIND
— N!$h@nt (@Biblio_Bhardwaj) September 7, 2018
#EngvInd once again India have a chance to wrap up England quickly, but it's the English tail that has troubled India all through this summer.
Let's hope India wrap it up
— Dr Rikin Gogri 🇮🇳 (@dr_rikin) September 7, 2018
— Statto (@HarryBridges94) September 7, 2018
If it's a regular script, England will end up scoring around 250 #ENGvIND
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) September 7, 2018