Stuff – India made a strong start to its bid for a series-equaling victory in the fourth cricket test against England, reducing the host to 57-4 by lunch on the opening day at Southampton on Thursday (Friday NZ Time).

Summary

  • India made a strong start to its bid for a series-equaling victory in the fourth cricket test against England, reducing the host to 57-4 by lunch on the opening day at Southampton on Thursday (Friday NZ Time).
  • A now-familiar batting collapse from England – after winning the toss – was sparked by the tame dismissal of Keaton Jennings, who was trapped lbw for 0 playing no stroke to a delivery by Jasprit Bumrah on the 13th ball of the day.
  • England captain Joe Root survived a plumb lbw shout off Bumrah because of a no-ball on review but eventually went the same way to Ishant Sharma in the eighth over for 4.
  • Bumrah enticed an edge behind from Jonny Bairstow (6), before Alastair Cook guided a delivery from Hardik Pandya to third slip on 17, leaving England 36-4.
  • Bairstow, who broke a finger during the third test, was playing as a specialist batsman rather than a wicketkeeper, with Buttler taking the gloves.


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