The Worlds Favourite Playground

Wednesday, Sep 23rd

Last update:05:57:36 PM GMT

You are here: Cricket Test Cricket India bowled out for 148 as batsmen continue to flop

India bowled out for 148 as batsmen continue to flop

User Rating: / 0

England made a terrific start to the fifth and final test of this series at the Oval by bowling India out for just 148 runs on Day 1 and then knocking off 62 runs without the loss of any wickets to solidify their position in this test series. The two Chris', Jordan and Woakes, were the stars of the day for England, sharing 6 wickets between them with the old firm of Messrs. Anderson and Broad taking the other four.

Alastair Cook won a good toss and had no hesitation in asking the out of form Indian batting line-up to take first strike. Unsurprisingly England were unchanged for this game, while India brought back two players in Ishant Sharma and Stuart Binny for Pankaj Singh and Ravindra Jadeja respectively.

England made the perfect start to the game, removing Gautam Gambhir in the very first over of the day for a golden duck, caught behind off Jimmy Anderson. The wickets continued to flow for the hosts right through the opening session with Cheteshwar Pujara once again seeing his timber disturbed by an off-cutter from Stuart Broad.

It wasn't long before England's support cast got into the act with Chris Jordan continuing from where he left off at Old Trafford to take two wicket-maidens to open his spell. The rookie fast bowler trapped Virat Kohli leg before to a delivery he shouldn't have left alone, before taking a regulation catch off his own bowling to send Ajinyka Rahane back for naught.

All this while, Murali Vijay had held up one end, making 18, but his demise soon followed, caught in the gully off Chris Woakes as India slid deeper into the mire at 36-5.

Skipper MS Dhoni and Stuart Binny saw India through to lunch, but one couldn't help but wonder how long India's innings would last after the break.

India's woes continued unabated after the break with Binny falling with just one run added to India's score.

Ravichandran Ashwin came out to bat at no.7 and made a brisk 13, becoming just the third Indian to get into double figures before edging Woakes to Root. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was given an early reprieve by Root, but didn't make it count as he fell for 5 as India slipped further in trouble at 79-8.

Dhoni was left with a couple of genuine tailenders and attempted to use the long handle to help India make their way to three figures.

The Indian skipper achieved that and a bit more as he made his way to 82 before becoming the last man dismissed, caught at long leg off Stuart Broad. India were bundled out for 148.

India started reasonably well with the ball with Bhuvneshwar Kumar unlucky to have a very close leg before appeal against Alastair Cook turned down when the England skipper had virtually nothing to his name. India continued to get no change out of Umpire Paul Reiffel with the former Australian fast bowler turning down another dead certain leg before from Kumar.

England made the most of their good fortune to knock off 62 runs before the close of play and put themselves firmly in control of this test match.


England: Alastair Cook (c), Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

India: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Dhoni (c & wk), Stuart Binny, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron.

Mini Scorecard:

India 1st Innings 148 all out

MS Dhoni 82 C Woakes 3-30