Advantage India as Bumrah stars on the opening day at the Trent Bridge : India vs England 1st Test Day 1 Review
Virat Kohli was pretty unequivocal about wanting to bat first as Root did during the toss, a fifth toss he lost successively in England by the way. But it was a good toss to lose for India as Bumrah sharply pinned in the fifth ball of the match to trap Rory Burns in front. His lines were bewildering and his lengths were nail on the head in his first spell with the new ball. He was pretty quenched getting that early wicket as bowling on the right lengths finally rewarded him especially after going wicket less in the WTC Final.
Dom Sibley alongside Zak Crawley looked pretty solid in the middle adding 41 runs amongst them. Zak Crawley though lost his way owing to a thin feather off Siraj and a shrewd review by the wicketkeeper Pant at the brisk of lunch. India were blooming , coming back into that second session where Shami picked up his first wicket trapping Sibley at short mid wicket and a easy catch by Rahul. India were bowling onto the right areas but captain Root alongside Bairstow knitted up a fine fifth wicket partnership to get England back on track. Root scored his 50th Test Fifty on the back of some luminous batting strokes and gutsy batting display. This time around ‘Unlucky Shami’ wasn’t so unlucky as he trapped Jonny Bairstow by a sharp cutter nipping into the right hander’s pads, there were two noises which befuddled the umpire but this time around a smart review by the Indians saw the bowl plumb into the right hander without any bat involved. Finally, Shami reaped the rewards bowling really well throughout this English stint of his right from the WTC Final where he really got unlucky on several occasions. He got Dan Lawrence out swinging a delivery outside leg and only for Dan Lawrence edging the ball into Pant’s hands as Shami picked up two wickets in single over.
From this point the downfall began for England as they lost a struggling Buttler trying to overhit against the exuberant pace of Jasprit Bumrah. Shardul Thakur a much debated option who bagged a place in the eleven ahead of India’s seasoned campaigner and India’s highest wicket-taker in England Ishant Sharma bagged the priced wicket of Joe Root as the ball nipped back in at a very full length and Root completely misread the length resulting in his wicket for a well played 64 runs. Sam Curran tried to set the tail wagging as he added 27 runs towards the end but a dauntless Bumrah cleaned up the tail as England were rattled by the Indian pacers to a paltry 183 score. This was the best performance by the Indian bowling camp in an opening overseas test in recent times.
India were resilient in their batting approach front up as they successfully played through the 13 overs without any ifs and buts. The English bowlers would certainly want to exploit the overcast day 2 conditions and get some wickets early on.