September 16, 2021

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India fight back with Root wicket

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England 53 for 3 (Bumrah trail India 191 (Thakur 57, Kohli 50, Woakes 4-55, Robinson 3-38) by 138 runs

London: England lost Joe Root’s vital wicket in a spectacular opening day to carefully balance India’s Kia Oval in the fourth test.

Umesh Yadav bowled Root for 21, leaving the hosts for 53-3, after 191 Indian flights were bowled.

In choosing to win the toss, England took advantage of the offer, 4-55 took by Chris Woakes in his first test in a year and 3-38 took a great start to his international career.

Although 50 of Captain Virat Kohli were discovered 127-7 in India, the quickest cricket in the English Test was Shardul Thakur who crashed a 31 ball half century.

In 4 balls, India lost its last three wickets to England, and then reduced it to 6-2 – five were for Rory Burns and two for Jasprit Bumrah were for Haseeb Hameed.

The stormer seemed to weather Root and Dawid Malan just to clip the bails for Umesh and dispatch Captain Root for 21.

Craig Overton left the night watchman to see England near Malan, who is unbeated on 26th.

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