India dominated the day of the opening of the fourth test, as visitors first threw a few overs before the stumps to England and then scored 19/0 at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground on Thursday. With India behind for 227 runs, starters Lokesh Rahul (11) and Shikhar Dhawan (3) remained unbeaten. The day began with Indian markers that destroyed the superior order of England, taking four fast terrains to reduce the hosts to 57/4 at lunch. Jasprit Bumrah (2/21), Ishant Sharma (1/7) and Hardik Pandya (1/16) were among the wickets, even when Mohammed Shami, who entered as the second bowler, constantly asked the vulnerable English couple questions. . By opting to hit a track with a bit of live grass, England's initial problems continued to torment them while Keaton Jennings was trapped to lead by an excellent incoming delivery of Bumrah, by a duck in the third of the innings.
Once again, Bumrah almost sent the English skipper Joe Root (4) when he had two, before the Decision Review System (DRS) came to his rescue. Root was trapped to lead, but the television replays showed that the bowler had exceeded.
The England captain, however, could not take advantage of the pardon, as Ishant made a great play with the England captain to catch him.
Reduced to 15/2, England's hopes were focused on former captain Alastair Cook (17) and Jonny Bairstow (6), playing as a specialist hitter after injuring his finger.
But Bumrah escaped such ambitions by beating Bairstow, trapped by Rishabh Pant in the 13th position before first-round player Hardik put an end to Cook's 55-ball resistance, thanks to a brilliant low catch in the third. launch of Virat Kohli.
India could have had Buttler too, but Pant missed a difficult one. Along with Stokes, Buttler managed to overcome the initial fear of the Indian rhythm attack before heading to the undivided lunch.
In the second session, the Indian pacers continued their dominance, taking two more lands in the second session to reduce England to 139-6.
Resuming the post-lunch session at 57/4, Stokes and Buttler played the first openings cautiously before Buttler began to open only to bring his downfall, captured by Virat Kohli against Shami.
Reduced to 86/6, the left-handed pair of Moeen and Sam drove the boat to a safe place, as they played Indian pacemakers with extreme caution and did not allow them to dominate the first out-of-the-box racer Ravichandran Ashwin.
The final session saw Moeen and Curran stabilize the hosts' innings, forging a crucial partnership of 81 runs. After Moeen's ticket, no other batters supported Curran, and as a result, the hosts were recruited by 246 just before the end of the game.
For India, Jasprit Bumrah took three plots of land, while Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin took two plots each.
(With IANS entries)