The Southampton test between England and India was commenced yesterday. The hosts batted first and before lunch, they were collapsed to 86/6. But the tail-enders Sam Curran and Moeen Ali made a good stand to hand the team a decent score of 246 off 76 overs. The hosts chose to bat first and Jasprit Bumrah played a crucial role in bowling them out by 246 runs. This is a crucial change in the Indian team since Kohli came up with the same team in the second consecutive test, the 39th test in his captaincy.
Within the first 10 overs, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma picked the wickets of Keaton Jennings and Joe Root. With this, Ishant Sharma picked his 250th wicket in his 86th test match. Though Rishabh Pant tried his best to stop the runs, India conceded 23 byes and 34 extras in total.
Though India lost a review in the first few overs, Joe Root was stumped in the bowling of Bumrah and again he finished the spell with 3/46. He is one of the crucial players for the team but he could not turn his perfect deliveries into wickets. His bowling was the important one to stop England from recording a massive score.
Moeen Ali was included in the team to replace Ollie Pope from the host’s side and Sam Curran replaced Chris Woakes. They strived hard to place a good score of 246 before the visitors. Sam Curran slammed 78 runs and Moeen Ali scored 40 runs. This duo added 84 runs to the seventh wicket stand. Sam Curran added 63 runs to the partnership for ninth wicket along with Stuart Board and Curran was the last man to get dismissed. Sam Curran made a game-changing performance in the first test with both the bat and the ball in which his side won against India by 31 runs after a tough combat.
India were 19/0 by the end of the game of the first day and they need to answer the attack of the English pacers and the spin of Moeen Ali who was a thorn in the flesh for the Indians by his batting in the first innings. The visitors regretted that they failed to wind up the hosts earlier.