CM – India dominate as England strike falters again on day one of first test at Trent Bridge
India dominated on day one of the first test as the fragile England batting team were once again exposed at Trent Bridge.
Only Joe Root (64), who passed Sir Alastair Cook to become England’s all-time top scorer in all formats during his innings, made a note as the home side fell apart from 138-3 just before tea. to 183 all halfway through the evening session.
Jasprit Bumrah (4-46) finished for Virat Kohli as the wickets were split between the seamers, Mohammed Shami claiming 3-28, Shardul Thakur (2-41) got two and there was one for Mohammed Siraj ( 1-48).
Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul then survived 13 overs before the close, taking the visitors to 21 unbeaten.
After making the decision to go with the extra batsman, selecting both Jonny Bairstow and Dan Lawrence, England won the draw and chose to beat and it didn’t take India long to find himself in the first order as Bumrah followed four outswingers with an inswinger to trap Rory Burns (0) lbw in the first round.
Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley battled over an impressive Indian bowling alley before the latter was fired 15 minutes before lunch following a courageous review from Kohli, he had already gone upstairs and lost a review but was rewarded to return as UltraEdge showed Crawley (27) had taken the advantage over Rishabh Pant.
Sibley (18) followed at the start of the afternoon session, falling into the trap set by Shami and going straight down the middle to leave England 66-3.
Root, who had taken off with three limits on the rebound, was joined by Bairstow and the two Yorkshiremen began to rebuild.
Root looked in excellent contact, driving beautifully through the covers as Bairstow was chased from the start before breaking free as the session progressed.
Confusion almost saw Bairstow run out when Root belatedly turned down a second inning, but the pitch went wrong, Bairstow was able to make it home and with that moment behind them the pair lifted the partnership from 50 to from 112 balls.
After Bairstow managed back-to-back practice off Siraj, Root hit their 50th half-century in cricket testing with 89 balls and with tea approaching England seemed reasonably well placed to continue the evening session.
Instead, it was India that came back strong with Shami starting England’s collapse when he had Bairstow (29) lbs in the late afternoon.
Lawrence (0) then got feathered behind the leg when Shami finished the over after the break and while Root was still strong Jos Buttler never seemed comfortable and was eventually knocked out of his misery when he slashed Bumrah for an 18-ball duck. .
Any hope that England would make a competitive opening round total was with Root, pinned ahead by Thakur in the 59th.
Ollie Robinson (0) had left before the over was over and when Broad (4) was level with Bumrah, England lost 6-22 in less than 10 overs.
An entertaining cameo from Sam Curran (27th) swelled the England total shortly before Bumrah beat James Anderson with a superb Yorker to end the innings.
With the batsmen again unable to provide the desired foundation for England, it was up to the bowlers to try and save something from the day, but Rohit and Rahul held on to leave India in a very solid position for the second day.
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