Who said dead-rubbers don’t have any life in it? Yes, it certainly seemed like England was running away with it comfortably placed at 133-1 but once Jasprit Bumrah removed Alistar Cook with a peach of a delivery, it went all downhill for the Poms.
The Indian bowlers once again picked up wickets in a cluster as England lost 6 wickets in the final session of the innings. What looked like England’s day as they completely bossed the first 2 sessions completely swung towards India post tea and it was exactly the kind of medicine this game needed.
Meanwhile, England off to a great start as Alistar Cook and Keaton Jennings managed to pull off their first 50 run partnership of the tournament. None of the English batsmen barring Alistar Cook and Moeen Ali got going as the Indian fast bowlers, especially Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah bowled beautifully.
Even when the ‘Three Lions’ were in command, it always seemed like a wicket here or a wicket there but the dice of luck did not roll towards India initially. If there is one thing India could have improved upon was their catching as they dropped both Alistar Cook and Moeen Ali right after lunch.
The day ended with England reeling at 198 for 7 and Virat Kohli would be hoping that his bowlers would have learnt their lessons in order to wrap up the tail early. Yes, they have already accounted for Sam Curran even before he could trouble the scorers but there is still a ‘Butler’ in the house and even Adil Rashid could prove quite handly. India would be hoping to get the last 3 wickets for under 225 runs and the Poms would know that if they add another 50, they would very much be back in it.
Meanwhile, here is how Twitter reacted to India’s comeback on Day 1.