- India bowled out England for 246 on day one of the fourth Test in Southampton
- Bumrah took 3/46, but England recovered from a precarious 86/6
- England lead the five-match Test series 2-1
India’s bowlers kept the pressure on the England batsmen with another terrific performance to rattle their batsmen. Everybody who had a close look at the pitch said it was a beautiful-looking pitch, perhaps the best they have seen so far in the series. The pitch had no part to play in the dismissals of the England batsmen as it was tremendous bowling by the Indian seamers that got the batsmen out.
When the England squad was announced for the Test, there were questions asked about Keaton Jennings’ place. He shouldered arms to a ball that nipped back slightly and showed how low he is on confidence.
Alastair Cook looked better than he did in the earlier Tests and was moving his feet positively, but he got out to a poor shot after doing all the hard work. Joe Root is going through a rough patch where he is falling over to the off-side and thus ending up playing across the line to be out leg-before-wicket. He had earlier escaped a similar dismissal when Bumrah overstepped again.
This is something that he has to work really hard at for it’s not just frustrating for him individually, but annoying for the team too as they feel they have got a wicket only to be denied because the bowler has overstepped. For a fast bowler, having to bowl an extra delivery is also tiring work.
Mohammed Shami has bowled well without getting the rewards and there was pressure on him to get wickets. He responded by getting the crucial wicket of the previous Test match centurion Jos Butler as he fell chasing an out-swinger to be caught by Kohli.