In the fifth test against England, India showed its dominance by restricting the opponents to 198/7 off late. The Indian pacers made a splendid performance on a tough day and made the audience glued to their seats with their fiery attack. Cricket may be called as the batsman game. But on a batting track like Oval, Indian pacers have shown their best performance. As coach Ravi Shastri said earlier, Indians are determined to make the result 2-3 and the pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Shami restricted the opponents by their tight line and length.
Though they could not pick the wickets of the batsmen before tea, they made it tough for batsmen Alistair Cook and Moeen Ali to make a good score. It was a great day for Indian pacers except for a few dropped catches. Alistair Cook stood strong with 66 runs till tea and later he was dismissed by Bumrah at 71 runs. Later, Bumrah dismissed Joe Root. Then Ishant took the wicket of Jonny Bairstow at a golden duck. By that time England were 134/4.
The English strived hard to maintain a decent score of 131/1 and Alistair Cook made his first fifty for the team. He stood strong but could not get a good hand later. The English batsmen tried to mend their ways in batting and tried to make an impressive score but the Indian pacers failed their attempts.
After Bumrah dismissed Alistair cook and Joe Root, Ishant picked the wickets of Sam Curran and Jonny Bairstow and confirmed the superiority of the visitors on the first day of the game. Moeen Ali scored his fifty from 167 runs from the stage of 23 runs from 102 balls. Though the Indians dropped catches of Alistair Cook and Moeen Ali twice, finally they need to thank their pacers for getting rid of them before they made huge scores.
Though Ishant Sharma’s delivery struck Jos Buttler, by the review request from English team, he was declared not out. Ishant picked three wickets and Bumrah picked two wickets. Mohammed Shami was wicketless in this session and conceded 43 runs off 7 overs. Ravindra Jadeja, who bowled his first test match in this tour, picked two wickets.
The second day would be a tough day for both the teams and India may bowl with the new ball on a Saturday morning. Though Buttler survived on the first day, he needs to face a fiery bowling attack to make a good score. Indian team is looking forward to winning this match to boost their confidence levels and make the result 2-3.