The Indian bowling unit led by Jasprit Bumrah produced a disciplined bowling effort to dismiss England for 246 on Day one of the fourth cricket Test at Southampton. Much credit for this performance goes to Virat Kohli's decision to field an unchanged starting XI from the third Test.
With Joe Root and Co. opting to bowl in the fourth Test, the hosts got off to the worst possible starts. Bumrah and Ishant Sharma piled the pressure on England openers right from the beginning, which saw Keaton Jennings (0), Joe Root (4) and Jonny Bairstow (6) been dismissed in quick succession. Bumrah picked Jennings and Bairstow, while Ishant dismissed Root to claim 250 wickets in Tests and his 50th Test wickets against England. Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya got rid of Alastair Cook (17), who stuck around for major portions for the first session.
Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler stitched a decent partnership of 41 runs, but their efforts of steading the ship were seen washed away by Mohammed Shami. England were left reeling at 86/6 after the Indian pacer produced two fine deliveries to dismiss the duo.
When England were staring down the barrel, their lower order came to the rescue. Moeen Ali along with Sam Curran got together to fix the innings and swing the hosts back into the contest. They added 86 runs for the 7th wicket before Ravichandran Ashwin got his first wicket of the day by removing Moen Ali.
However, Sam Curran was unfazed by the loss as the 20-year-old continued to steady the ship with great composure and determination. He found support in the form of Stuart Broad, with the duo putting 63 runs up on the board and England were up to the 200th mark for the ninth wicket.
In the process, the youngster got to his second half-century in just his fourth Test. But finally, Ashwin put an end to the England resistance by removing Curran for 78 runs and the hosts were folded for 246 runs.
It was a brilliant day out for the Indian bowlers with Jasprit Bumrah picking 3/46, Ishant Sharma getting 2/26, R Ashwin managing 2/40 and Shami picking 2/51. The Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul had to come out to play four overs towards the end of the day. The openers survived some tricky bowling as India went into stumps on day 1 with 19 runs in their kitty and trailing 227 runs from the first innings score.