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IND vs ENG 5th Test – Day 1: England In Command After India Surrender For 148

By on August 16, 2014

England 62 for 0 (Robson 33*, Cook 24*) trail India 148 (Dhoni 82, Jordan 3-32, Woakes 3-30) by 86 runs…

Dhoni scored his 33rd Test scoring 82 runs taking India to 148 before England closed the day on 62 for 0.

From 43 for 5 in the first session, India hobbled to 148 all out in the final session in their first innings of the fifth and the final Test at Kennington Oval largely owing to a rearguard effort of 82 off 140 balls from skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

IND vs ENG 5th Test - Day 1: Chris WoakesApart from Dhoni, only Ravichandran Ashwin (13) and Murali Vijay (18) managed double-figure scores on a day England fast bowlers ruled the roost and operated as a top notch fast bowling unit.

Young guns Chris Jordan (3/32) and Chris Woakes (3/30) stepped up to the plate and followed up a terrific opening spell from seasoned campaigners James Anderson (2/51) and Stuart Board (2/27) who had put India on the mat in the first hour of play.

England played out 19 overs on Day 1 and finished the day at 62 for no loss with Alastair Cook (24*) and Sam Robson (33*) in the middle and England in total command of the match.

Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar kept asking questions and Cook even got a reprieve on 11 when umpire Paul Reiffel failed to give a clear cut lbw off Bhuvneshwar.

For India, if one would have thought the visitors could not do any worse than what they did at Old Trafford, they outdid themselves.

Losing five wickets in the morning session ensured that you are behind the 8-ball right from the word go and when they went on to lose another four wickets in the second session, it set it in stone that the fate of the match is all but sealed.

To his credit, MS Dhoni (82) stood amidst the ruins, barely though but he did, only to see his team crumble to a clinical bowling performance by the England fast bowlers. One constant criticism for England was that only Anderson and Broad were doing the job but the Woakes and Jordan came good.

The second session looked like one of those age group matches where one team is over age and the other harrowingly under age and you think of the mismatch there.

Anderson, Broad, Jordan and Woakes did not let up the whole day and it was a bowling unit that worked like a well-oiled machine and it was only on very few occasions that an Indian cheer came out when Dhoni flashed his full-blooded cover drive and quick pulls earned him a few boundaries and a six.

Dhoni along with Ishant Sharma combined for the team’s highest partnership in the innings, 58 runs for the last wicket to hand India some kind of a total to bowl. Ishant played second fiddle to Dhoni with a patient 42-ball 7 runs and showed his much more technically superior counterparts on how to tough it out in the middle.

With overcast conditions and a bit of moisture on the pitch due to overnight showers, Alastair Cook would have been very positive to put India on the mat once again and going into lunch on day one of the fifth Test, it was hard to miss the “I-told-you-so” expression on the captain’s face with India in tatters at 43 for 5.

Since 1999, only three times have a team winning toss have opted to bowl first at the Kennington Oval out of the 15 matches played here during that period and on two of those occasions the teams have went on to lose by a big margin. Yet, such was Cook’s confidence that he opted to bowl first in search of his first series win in over a year. And it proved a smart decision.

Anderson, as has been customary in the series, picked up an early wicket in the form of Gautam Gambhir – a golden duck – and Broad backed it up by castling Cheteshwar Pujara for 4. Jordan then struck twice removing Virat Kohli (6) and Ajinkya Rahane (0) in his successive overs. Woakes too helped himself to a wicket with Vijay edging back of length delivery to gully.

While India’s 8 for 4 at Old Trafford could be attributed to the lively nature of the wicket, at The Oval – which supposedly is the slowest wicket on offer in this series – India were totally exposed.

Gambhir, given a second chance in the series, probably the last of his career, did not learn much from his previous dismissals and was indecisive in either to let the back of length away going delivery go or to play at it, edging it to the wicketkeeper with his feet stuck to the crease.

Both Anderson and Broad got their line and lengths spot on early on once again and it was only a matter of time before Pujara’s struggle came to and end.

Broad had troubled the Saurashtra batsmen with the incoming deliveries in the pervious over and finally he got one to sneak through the gates, the second time he has been dismissed in such a fashion.

Kohli’s wretched form continued as he once again misjudged the line of the ball opting to shoulder arms to a ball that was coming in. The ball hit his pads just outside off stump, but it convinced Umpire Kumar Dharmasena to rule the decision in the bowler’s favour.

Vijay’s patience in the middle of all the wickets would have run thin but he hardly looked unsettled in his 50-ball vigil before showing just a bit of aggression going after a good ball edging it to Joe Root at gully, while Rahane got out caught and bowled for the third time in the series for a duck.

Things did not go any better after lunch as Stuart Binny , who had come into this game after missing the previous two as an allrounder did not show the intent to hang in there after lunch and struggled massively in his 30-ball stay for five runs before edging an away swinger from Anderson to the slips five overs into the second session.

Ashwin, who had helped Dhoni in recovery at Old Trafford, could not repeat his heroics getting caught at slips by Joe Root on 13 and after his wicket, it was only a wait to see how long can the Indian tail wag and ironically enough the last-wicket stand scored more than the top five combined.

Source: gocricket

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