England vs India: England collapses to 183 on 1st day, Buhmrah, Shami dominate

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asprit Bumrah celebrates the dismissal of England's Jos Buttler I Photo: ANI

NOTTINGHAM: England collapsed to 183 all out after losing its last seven wickets for 45 runs in the first innings of the first test against India on Wednesday.

Captain Joe Root made a fluent 64 to overtake Alastair Cook as England’s record international run-scorer, but Rory Burns, Dan Lawrence, Jos Buttler and Ollie Robinson all failed to score a single run.

India reached 21 without loss in reply, leaving the visitors in a commanding position heading into Thursday.

Jasprit Bumrah took 4-46 off 20.4 overs for India, removing Burns for a duck in the first over before dispatching No. 7 Buttler for another duck after 18 deliveries, followed by tailenders Stuart Broad and James Anderson. Mohammed Shami took three wickets.

Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley steadied things for England but Crawley fell for 27 in the run-up to lunch, undone by a slender inside edge off Mohammed Siraj.

It was 66-3 when Sibley followed early in the afternoon’s play, losing his balance and chipping Shami to short midwicket having eked out 18 in more than two hours at the crease.

By then Root was already into his stride and he soon had the 22 he needed to move past Cook’s record all-format mark of 15,737 and later an 89-ball half-century.

Together with Jonny Bairstow he shared a stand of 72 that looked as if it might flip the pressure back on to the bowlers.

The last ball of the afternoon changed things emphatically, Shami going full and straight to Bairstow’s stumps and picking him up lbw for 29.

Clouds gathered during the break and the lights came on, providing perfect swinging conditions for India to press home their advantage at 138-4.

After Lawrence and Buttler departed, England’s prospects hung heavily on Root’s shoulders and he eventually buckled under the weight, lbw to the first ball of a new spell from Shardul Thakur.

“Bairstow was poised well to score a fifty so getting him out at that period was crucial," Thakur said. “And to get Root, in the 60s, or 90s or early, is always a good wicket to have. If we look at the pitch, it didn’t feel like it would turn a lot, so better to go in with four seamers."

Robinson and Stuart Broad followed Root in quick succession before Sam Curran (27 not out) topped up the total with some last-gasp aggression, including a swiped six off Thakur.

But Bumrah took Anderson's wicket to wrap things up in the 66th over.

There was enough time for 13 overs of the reply, but England drew a blank against Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul.

Batting coach Marcus Trescothick said England came into the test series underprepared after a run of limited-overs cricket.

“Scheduling is always an issue, trying to get the balance right for the batters moving into test series,” Trescothick told Press Association. “Of course you would want them to play a certain amount of red-ball cricket going into it.”

He said England still has a chance to get back into the test despite the poor first day.

“In my playing career, of course there were periods where the first innings didn’t go quite right or the second innings failed and you lost the game — you just get your head down, knuckle down and get it right for the next innings, that’s all you can do,” he said. “Today has not been the ideal day, of course, not but that doesn’t define how the rest of the game or the rest of the series is going to go."

The five-match series follows India’s 3-1 series win in March when Root’s touring side failed to get to grips with turning surfaces and the spin duo of Ashwin and Axar Patel.

England is without allrounder Ben Stokes, who is taking an indefinite break to “to prioritize his mental wellbeing” and to rest his injured left index finger.


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