India struggle to find stability against England pace-attack in final Test
India's poor performance against England has continued into the fifth and final Test as the tourists just managed to put up a meagre score of 148 at the loss off all their wickets on day one at The Oval.
England went in to bat after they bowled out India in just 61.1 overs. The hosts scored 62 by the end of day one without the loss of a wicket and currently trail India by 86 runs.
England fast bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad continued their wicket-taking stream by claiming two wickets each. Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes displayed exceptional bowling talent claiming three wickets each.
Woakes claimed opener Murali Vijay's wicket for his individual score of 18 runs. The fast bowler also claimed Ravichandran Ashwin's wicket as well as Varun Aaron's wicket for their individual scores of 13 and one respectively.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni managed to stay for a while on the pitch and amassed 82 runs before he lost his wicket to Broad's delivery. Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored just four runs, was the second wicket claimed by Broad.
Virat Kohli's poor performance continued in the first innings as he went out for just six runs off Jordan's delivery. Ajinkya Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar also lost their wickets to Jordan's delivery for a duck and five respectively.
Gautam Gambhir went out for a duck off Anderson's delivery and Stuart Binny also fell victim to the paceman's delivery.
England skipper Alastair Cook opened the batting for the first innings and remained unbeaten at 24 by the end of the day. He was helped on the crease by Sam Robson, who also remained unbeaten on 33.
(Posted on 16-08-2014)