England vs India 5th Test Day 1: India crumble once again in shambolic fashion

Woakes finished with figures of 3-30 off his 14 overs

Woakes finished with figures of 3-30 off his 14 overs

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India’s batting line-up, with the exception of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, crumbled once again in shambolic fashion against England on the first day of the fifth Test at The Oval.

England’s pace duo of Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan inflicted a majority of the damage as they took three wickets apiece.

England captain Alastair Cook would have been over the moon with his decision to bowl first after pace bowler James Anderson dismissed India opener Gautam Gambhir caught behind for a golden duck off the fourth ball of the match.

Cheteshwar Pujara only made four runs before he was clean bowled by Stuart Broad.

Virat Kohli’s horrendous form with the bat continued as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Jordan for just six runs.

Ajinkya Rahane failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught and bowled by Jordan for a duck.

Murali Vijay managed to make 18 runs before he was caught by Joe Root at gully off the bowling of Woakes.

Things went from bad to worse for India when Stuart Binny was caught by Cook at first slip off the bowling of Anderson for five runs.

Ravichandran Ashwin mustered 13 runs before he was caught by Root off the bowling of Woakes.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar accumulated five runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Jordan.

Varun Aaron made one run before he was caught and bowled by Woakes.

With India struggling at 90/9, Dhoni and Ishant Sharma amassed a vital 58-run partnership, during which Dhoni brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Woakes at long leg off the bowling of Broad.

Dhoni’s crucial knock of 82 came off 140 balls and included 15 boundaries and a six.

Dhoni smashed 15 boundaries and a six during his gutsy knock of 82

Dhoni smashed 15 boundaries and a six during his gutsy knock of 82

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Woakes and Jordan picked up three wickets apiece, while Broad and Anderson chipped in with two wickets each as India were bowled out for a dismal 148.

Jordan dismissed Kohli, Rahane and Kumar

Jordan dismissed Kohli, Rahane and Kumar

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Trailing by 148, England got off to an excellent start as Cook and Sam Robson put together an unbeaten 62-run partnership before stumps was called.

Robson finished on 33 off 65 balls, which included five boundaries, while Cook remained undefeated on 24 off 49 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

However, Cook was lucky not to be given out lbw on nine runs as replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and crashing into the stumps.

England ended day one on 62/0 and will continue batting tomorrow at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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