Nagpur: The first day of fourth and final test match is being played here at Nagpur’s Jamtha Stadium dominated by the Indian bowlers. Indian bowlers were accurate and patient in their bowling attack. At stumps, England reached to 199 for five with Wicketkeeper Matt Prior (34) and debutant Joe Root (31) were on the crease.
In the morning, England skipper Alastair Cook won the toss and decided to bat first. India is playing with the same bowling combination as Kolkata. Yuvraj, who was dropped from the team, was replaced by Ravindra Jadeja and Zaheer Khan was replaced with Piyush Chawla. Ishant Sharma is the lone fast bowler in this Indian line-up.
But Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja proved his captain that their inclusion in the team is right. Jadeja and Ishant took two wickets each and rattled English batting line-up. At one stage England was at 139 for 5 when they lose their main batsmen. Then the debutant Joe Root and wicketkeeper Matt Prior held the fort for England. Both of them added 60 runs for the sixth wicket.
English batsmen were struggling in front of the new looked Indian bowling attack. India’s disciplined bowling was the main characteristic of the day.
Kevin Pietersen (73) was the top-scorer in the England innings as he scored a fine half century. While Jonathan Trott contributed well for his team as he fell 6 runs short to score his half century. Trott scored 44 runs. Debutant Ravindra Jadeja scalped both the wickets of Pietersen and Trott for 34 runs.
Ishant was with the best figures of two for 32, while Jadeja got two for 34. Chawla scalped a wicket of Ian Bell. Frontline spinners Ashwin and Ojha were wicket less.
Brief Scorecard: England 199 for 5 (Kevin Pietersen 73, Jonathan Trott 44; Ishant Sharma 2 for 32, Ravindra Jadeja 2 for 34) vs. India