Mohammad Shami has wrought havoc in the England batting order and the Indian pacer seems unstoppable on Day 1 of the first test of the ongoing series. India and England are currently squaring off against each other at Trent Bridge stadium and as it now stands, the Englishmen are struggling to find their way out of India’s pace attack.
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Having won the toss, England chose to bat first and it seemed to be the right decision at that time. But little did they know that India’s pacers were waiting to flourish their skills and dismantle them completely. Coming on to bat first, England were off to a horrible start as opener Rory Burns lost his wicket in the very first over courtesy of Jasprit Bumrah’s individual brilliance.
The Englishmen seemed to have regained momentum post that but it was only for a fraction of a moment as Mohammad Siraj dismissed in-form Zak Crawley shortly after.
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However, it was Indian fast bowler Mohammad Shami who did the most damage to England. He picked up as many as three wickets in quick succession to demolish their batting order and add to his wickets tally. He picked up the important wickets of Dom Sibley, Jonny Bairstow and Dan Lawrence.
As of now, England have scored 146/6 in 56 overs and they are expected to fall apart by stumps. That in itself will be a huge achievement for India on England’s home ground. However, a bigger challenge awaits the visitors tomorrow when they will have to bat in the same conditions. Seeing the green top of the pitch, the second innings is expected to be more difficult (to bat) than the first one as the ball will swing more tomorrow. However, as far as day one is concerned, the Blues have totally dominated it.