England vs India: Hosts take an early lead on day one as Joe Root’s side claims three wickets before lunch

England top on day one of fourth Test against India as Joe Root’s side take three early wickets to leave tourists 54-3 at lunch

  • England won the toss and chose to field on day one of the fourth Test vs India
  • The hosts’ decision seemed justified as they took three wickets for lunch
  • India captain Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are in the fold with India 54-3


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The morning session of the first day of the Fourth Test went solid for England as they knocked out India’s best batsmen.

India lost three wickets before lunch and went down 54-3 at the Kia Oval on Thursday.

The fit – again and remembered Chris Woakes skipped in the eighth of the Test when Rohit Sharma snapped in recovered wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.

Chris Woakes (centre), on his return to Test cricket, celebrates taking the wicket from Rohit Sharma

Chris Woakes (centre), on his return to Test cricket, celebrates taking the wicket from Rohit Sharma

Ollie Robinson roars with delight after catching KL Rahul lbw to leave India 28-2 at the Kia Oval

Ollie Robinson roars with delight after catching KL Rahul lbw to leave India 28-2 at the Kia Oval

Ollie Robinson roars with delight after catching KL Rahul lbw to leave India 28-2 at the Kia Oval

That left India at 28-1 and the tourists struggled for the next five overs on the brink, as they scored just one run.

And in that over they were 28-2, as KL Rahul then had lbw from Ollie Robinson’s bowling.

Cheteshwar Pujara was next to fall with the evergreen James Anderson grabbing his scalp when chased by Bairstow.

India will rely on talisman and captain Virat Kohli to help them out of trouble along with Ajinkya Rahane.

Evergreen James Anderson was one of the wickets again, beating Cheteshwar Pujara

Evergreen James Anderson was one of the wickets again, beating Cheteshwar Pujara

Evergreen James Anderson was one of the wickets again, beating Cheteshwar Pujara

Virat Kohli will once again be India's leading man as the captain looks to recover their first innings

Virat Kohli will once again be India's leading man as the captain looks to recover their first innings

Virat Kohli will once again be India’s leading man as the captain looks to recover their first innings

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