Thu | Aug 16, 2018

India fall for 148

Published:Saturday | August 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM
England's Chris Woakes celebrates after taking the wicket of India's Murali Vijay (right) during the first day of the fifth Test at the Oval cricket ground in London, yesterday. - AP


England reached 62-0 at stumps on day one to seize control of the fifth Test yesterday after bowling India out for 148 at the Oval.

England captain Alastair Cook finished unbeaten on 24, alongside Sam Robson on 33.

Cook won the toss and elected to field, and his bowlers took full advantage of overcast conditions. Chris Woakes led the way with figures of 3-30, with Chris Jordan close behind on 3-32.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the only man to put up any resistance for the tourists, making 82 before Stuart Broad, passed fit to play as expected despite a broken nose, had him caught at long leg by Woakes to end India's innings.

With India resuming after tea on 125-9, captain Dhoni put on a 10th-wicket stand of 58 alongside Ishant Sharma, who was unbeaten on seven, before hooking the ball to Woakes on the boundary for 82.

Woakes was England's leading wicket taker with 3-30, with Chris Jordan close behind on 3-32.

England had earlier failed to wrap up India's first innings before tea, with the tourists limping to 125-9 before the break.


Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's solo fightback was on 65 not out, his 33rd test half-century providing more than half of his team's total. Ishant Sharma was with him on two off 27 balls.

India's ninth wicket fell on 90, but Dhoni ensured India didn't fall to their worst score at the Oval, 98 in 1952.

Resuming after lunch on 43-5, Stuart Binny added one to his total before picking out England captain Alastair Cook at first slip with an outside edge off James Anderson for five.

Ravichandran Ashwin then became Chris Woakes' second wicket thanks to a brilliant low catch from Joe Root, which needed confirmation that it had not hit the ground first from the video umpire. Ashwin made 13.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar swiped at a short and wide delivery from Chris Jordan, but managed to only edge it behind to Jos Buttler for five.

Woakes then caught an outside edge from Varun Aaron for one that looped back up towards him off his own bowling, to join Jordan on three wickets for the day. It was yet another session that belonged to England, which picked up where it left off in the fourth Test as they looked to seal a series victory.

The only disappointing moment for England was when Sharma was dropped by Ian Bell at second slip off Jordan with India 95-9. India made 30 extra runs since that reprieve, 29 coming from Dhoni.

Play began after a delay of 30 minutes due to rain, and Gautam Gambhir fell for a golden duck to the fourth ball. He was too slow to change his mind at a bouncer from Anderson and edged behind to Buttler. Anderson, leading wicket-taker in the series, needs five more to match Ian Botham as England's most prolific wicket-taker in Tests.

Stuart Broad, passed fit to play as expected with a nose broken in the fourth test, bowled Cheteshwar Pujara for 4 to leave India on 10-2. His delivery went up into Pujara's arm guard after coming off his pads, before crashing into the stumps.