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Pataudi Trophy 2021, 4th Test: India bags 3 at stumps on Day 1 to pile pressure on England

India and England are locking horns in the fourth Test of the Pataudi Trophy at The Oval in London. However, both sides seem to have gotten off to a shaky start.

Pataudi Trophy 2021, 4th Test: Day 1 report and scorecard-ayh
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London, First Published Sep 2, 2021, 5:58 PM IST
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On Thursday, England was off to a shaky start against India on Day 1 of the fourth Test for the Pataudi Trophy at The Oval in London. The visitor was shot out for 191, while at stumps, England was 53/3, trailing by 138 runs.

Winning the toss, English skipper Joe Root elected to bowl first, making a couple of changes. As for India, Virat Kohli too made a couple of changes, with no place for veteran all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin.

Although the Indian openers looked to be going steady, the ball began to move, as, at 28, Rohit Sharma departed for 11 to pacer Chris Woakes after edging it behind to Jonny Bairstow. India shockingly was sent onto the backfoot as they did not score a run in the next five overs, losing its second wicket at the same score, as fellow opener KL Rahul fell for 17 to pacer Ollie Robinson after being trapped leg-before.

Pataudi Trophy 2021, 4th Test: Day 1 report and scorecard-ayh

The trusted pair of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli could not do much either, adding just 11 runs. After edging it to Bairstow off a brilliant moving delivery, the former fell for just four to seamer James Anderson, as the latter stayed unbeaten with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who was pushed up the order surprisingly. The score at lunch read 54/3.

The post-lunch session saw the pair going slow and steady. However, 15 runs later, Jadeja was dismissed for a mere ten by Woakes after he edged it to Root in the slips.

It was followed by a 39-run stand between Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane. At the same time, the former also brought up his 27th Test half-century in the process before falling for the same score at 105 to Robinson after edging it to Bairstow.

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Pataudi Trophy 2021, 4th Test: Day 1 report and scorecard-ayh

Rahane, too, followed Kohli back 12 runs later, for 14, after pacer Craig Overton made him edge it to Moeen Ali in the slips, as the latter pulled off a brilliant catch. As the tea break kicked in, India was 122/6, with wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur at the crease.

In the post-tea session, Pant departed for just nine to Woakes after he edged it to Moeen in the slips in a reckless attempt. However, it was followed by a crucial 63-run stand for the eighth wicket between Thakur and Umesh Yadav. The former also brought up his second half-century in the process before being trapped leg-before by the same man for 57.

Pataudi Trophy 2021, 4th Test: Day 1 report and scorecard-ayh

The tail-enders could hardly do much following his dismissal. At the same score, Jasprit Bumrah was dismissed for a duck off an unfortunate run out while Umesh fell for ten to Robinson just a run later, edging it behind, as India was cleaned up for 191.

For England, four seamers were utilised. While Woakes was the most successful of all, Robinson gelled with his economy.

As England came out to bat, it was not an easy start for it, losing Rory Burns for a mere five with the same run on the board as pacer Bumrah knocked him over. Just a run later, in the same over, his opening partner Haseeb Hameed departed for an ill-fated duck after edging it behind to Pant, as the latter held on to it brilliantly.

When Dawid Malan and Root came in, the two contributed to a decent 46-run stand for the third wicket before pacer Umesh Yadav cleaned up the latter at the stroke of lunch for 21. England finished the day on 53/3, trailing by 138.

Pataudi Trophy 2021, 4th Test: Day 1 report and scorecard-ayh

As for India, four pacers have been utilised so far. While Bumrah has been highly influential, along with Yadav, he has also been heavily economical.
Brief scores: India 191 (Kohli- 50, Thakur- 57; Woakes- 4/55) leads England 53/3 (Malan- 26*; Bumrah- 2/15) by 138 runs.

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