England Vs India Fifth Test Day 1 Highlights:
- England ended the day on 198-7
- Cook top-scored for England with 71
- Sharma lead the Indian show with 3-28
Coming back to England Vs India Fifth Test Day 1 Highlights, India did in the latter stages what they failed to do in the opening sessions of day one of the Southampton test. Pegging back the English innings, India’s pacers roared to bounce back and close the day well for India. From a position of 133-1, the English lost 58 runs for 6 wickets post lunch to end the day reeling at 198-7.
The test from an English point of view was all about Alastair Cook. With their highest run-getter in tests playing his last test match, England made it a point to give him a perfect send-off. Greeted to a plethora of applause as we walked out to open the innings on Day one after Root won the toss and elected to bat the England team and supporters were in full voice as they made their love for their long-serving opener apparent.
Cook who has failed miserably this innings, grabbed the occasion by the scruff of the neck. Playing to the gallery, Cook stepped up to notch his highest score this series. His 71 guided England to a strong position with the team sitting pretty before tea was taken.
It was posted tea that the Indian bowlers came to the party. Picking up Cook, the Indian bowlers wrestled to snatch the advantage back from England from thereon. Ishant Sharma was at his finest and along with a fired up Bumrah; the English knew they were in danger. The duo made most of the swinging conditions, albeit too late in the day, striking when the iron was hot.
Joe Root was dismissed by Bumrah for a duck in the same over he successfully castled Cook. Sharma dealt the knockout blow soon after with picking up Bairstow for 0 to put England in a state of chaos. Moeen Ali tried to resurrect the innings with a labored 50 off 170 balls but Ishant returned to take 2 wickets in 3 balls in the 83rd over to ensure India won the final session and ended the day on top.
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