England vs India 4th Test Day 1: Curran rescues England after India dominate early on

Sam Curran 78 England India 4th Test Day 1 Southampton cricket

Sam Curran scored his second Test fifty

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England were teetering on the edge of a major collapse on the opening day in Southampton, but Sam Curran rose to the occasion and rescued his side from the doldrums with a career-best 78.

Opting to bat first, England made a horrible start to their innings as opener Keaton Jennings was trapped lbw off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah for a duck on the 13th ball of the match.

England captain Joe Root failed to have an impact as well as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Ishant Sharma for four runs.

Root reviewed the decision, but his gamble didn’t pay off as replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit the stumps.

Jonny Bairstow fared no better as he was caught behind off the bowling of Bumrah for six runs.

Alastair Cook, who opened the batting with Jennings, was the next to go as he was caught by India skipper Virat Kohli at third slip off the bowling of Hardik Pandya for 17.

England managed to add 30 runs to their score before in-form batsman Jos Buttler suffered the same fate as Cook on 21, but only off the bowling of Mohammed Shami.

With Ben Stokes being trapped lbw off the bowling of Shami shortly after, England found themselves in all sorts of trouble at 86/6.

Stokes decided to review the decision, but it didn’t work in his favour as replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to crash into the stumps.

With things looking ominous for the hosts, Curran and Moeen Ali halted India’s charge with an 81-run partnership before Moeen was caught by Bumrah off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin for 40.

Adil Rashid was on his way back to the pavilion soon after, but Curran and Stuart Broad refused to go down without a fight and forged a 63-run stand, during which Curran surpassed his half-century.

Broad ended up making 17 before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Bumrah.

England were eventually bowled out for 246 when Curran was clean bowled by Ashwin for 78, which came off 136 balls and included eight boundaries and a six.

Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Ishant, Shami and Ashwin snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Pandya, he chipped in with one wicket.

Trailing by 246 runs, India scored 19 runs off the four overs they faced before stumps was called.

Lokesh Rahul finished on 11 off 16 balls, which included a solitary boundary, while Shikhar Dhawan remained undefeated on three.

India ended day one on 19/0 and will continue batting on Friday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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