Ind vs Eng 4th Test Day 1 Highlights : A century on debut from Keaton Jennings helped England reach a competitive total of 288 for 5 in the fourth Test at Mumbai which began on Thursday.
England hold the advantage with runs on the board on a pitch that is dangerously taking turn and bounce from the first day itself. It is expected that batting will not be easy at all on the pitch going forward.
One must say that Alastair Cook has won half the battle for his side by winning the toss and batting first.
Going into the fourth Test at Mumbai, India retained Parthiv Patel as they rested Wriddhiman Saha. The hosts also retained Karun Nair who was playing his second Test while Bhuvneshwar Kumar replaced the injured Mohammed Shami.
Lokesh Rahul returned from his injury to replace Ajinkya Rahane who is out of the series with a finger injury. Manish Pandey missed out on a Test debut.
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For England, 24-year-old Durham cricketer Keaton Jennings, son of popular cricket coach Ray Jennings made his test debut having replaced the injured Haseeb Hameed. Another change the visitors made was Nottinghamshire fast bowler Jake Ball replacing Gareth Batty.
India’s slip fielding wasn’t spectacular as it denied opening bowlers Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar from making inroads. England as a result were off to a wonderful start of 99 for no loss before Alastair Cook was stumped out for 46 having missed a shot over mid wicket off Ravindra Jadeja.
Cook’s wicket was the only success for India in the morning session which saw an aggressive start from debutant Keaton Jennings.
Post lunch, R Ashwin bagged the important wicket of Joe Root (21) as Virat Kohli at slip held onto a sharp catch to what was a straighter one from the bowler.
England once again dominated the proceedings with two left handers at the crease with Moeen Ali joining Keaton Jennings. The duo added 94 runs for the third wicket before Moeen Ali (50) threw his wicket away with a slog sweep against a turning ball from R Ashwin.
India then went on to strike twice before the close of play to keep the match in balance. Ravichandran Ashwin removed dangerman Keaton Jennings (112 from 219 balls with 13 fours) caught at gully by Cheteshwar Pujara off a turning and bouncing delivery.
The same bowler then had Jonny Bairstow top edge a sweep to Umesh Yadav at deep backward squareleg for 14. At stumps, England have Ben Stokes on 25 not out and Jos Buttler on 18 not out.
As far as statistics are concerned, Keaton Jennings became the 19th England player to have scored a century on Test debut while R Ashwin eased past Javagal Srinath’s wicket tally of 236 Test victims.