Umesh Yadav, who is playing the first match of the series, produced a cracker of a delivery to uproot England captain Joe Root’s wicket in the final session of day 1 of the fourth Test at the Oval. After a poor show in the first two sessions, India have bounced back in the final session of the day’s play.
It was a superb delivery by Umesh though. It pitched back of a length around off and came in with the angle to breach Joe Root’s defence. The ball hits the top of the off-stump and Umesh is pumped up as he jumps and punches the air in joy.
Delivery of the series by Umesh Yadav? What a nut!#ENGvIND
— Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) September 2, 2021
Umesh gets the big first, who has been a nightmare for India in the last three Tests holding England’s batting tightly with three consecutive centuries in three Tests. Umesh Yadav has justified his selection with a peach of a delivery that will help the visitors breathe.
Watch the clip here:
MASSIVE moment in the day as Umesh Yadav sneaks one past Root’s forward defence to disturb the woodwork.
— Sony Sports (@SonySportsIndia) September 2, 2021
India bounce back with three wickets at the end of day 1
After another failure from the batters, Indian bowlers produced some quality bowling to put the visitors back in the game. Batting first, India managed only 191 runs, thanks to some exemplary hitting from Shardul Thakur, who scored 57 off 36 balls including three sixes.
Shardul Thakur's entertaining knock comes to an end on 57.
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 2, 2021
In reply, Jasprit Bumrah put England right on top removing both the English openers to have the hosts at 6/2. Joe Root and Dawid Malan tried to bail out England but Umesh Yadav produced an absolute beauty to get rid of Root (21) to put India back right in front.
At the end of the day’s play, England are at 53/3, still trailing by 138 runs.