England after winning the toss decided to bowl first in bowling friendly conditions and fielded an unchanged side while India included Ishant Sharma, who was nursing an injury and Stuart Binny in place of Pankaj Singh and Ravindra Jadeja. England bowlers gave nothing away and once again were on top of their game as India were bundled out for just 148 runs in their 1st innings, with MS Dhoni’s playing lone effort. England openers in reply put on a fifty-run opening stand to further stamp their authority. At close of play on day one England were 62-0 and trail by 86 runs. In case you missed the action here are five interesting highlights from the opening day’s play.
1. Gautam Gambhir departs for duck: On fourth ball of the day Gautam Gambhir edged behind to keeper for his first-ball duck and bowler unsurprisingly was James Anderson to give England an early advantage. After coming in place of Shikhar Dhawan Gambhir who was on his comeback trail failed to grab the opportunity and once again failed to live up to expectations.
2. Batsmen disappoint once again: It was once again a dismal outing for Indian batsmen and lost wickets one after one. Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli continue to look miserable while Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane after impressive first few Tests look feeble now. India once again in this series lost top five very early and were reduced to 36-5 inside 19 overs of play.
3. MS Dhoni, one many army: While rest of batsmen failed to get past even the figure of 20 runs MS Dhoni managed to score fourth fifty of this series. He was running out of partners from other end and started to attack once he was batting with tail. Dhoni who scored 82 runs was India’s last wicket to fell before notching fifty-run stand for the 10th wicket with Ishant Sharma.
4. Two Chris’ put India in crisis: Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan proved to be main destroyers as the pacers shared six wickets between them. They not only scalped top batsmen, but also made sure India’s tail does not wag like earlier in the series. Both Jordan and Woakes finished with three wickets apiece.
5. England openers stay unbeaten: After dismissing India once again under 200 England Captain Alistair Cook and Sam Robson kept Indian bowlers at bay for 19 overs and denied them a wicket to end the day’s play with complete dominance. Cook is batting on 24 while Robson is unbeaten on 33.