The delivery was marginally short which brushed off Bumrah's gloves for a catch to Alastair Cook at first slip. England are on the brink of a crushing victory. A draw here would still give India a chance to level the series in the fifth match. It takes the top edge and goes high in the air. Having admitted their mistake in picking two spinners at Lord's, it is about time skipper Kohli and coach Shastri hit upon the optimal team combination.
Virat Kohli completes 6000 runs in Test cricket. India have lost their last 6 wickets for 52 runs and Moeen will be on a hat-trick in his next over. The day certainly belonged to the Indian pacers as they bundled out England for 246 in the final session on day 1 of the Southampton Test. Ben Stokes and Sam Curran made all the difference with their fiery and attacking spells, picking up a wicket each and Moeen Ali got the third one on what was the last over of the session. India got the ball inside the ring and had it changed once again. Moeen floats this around off, Pandya comes ahead and looks to milk this away.
Virat Kohli c Alastair Cook b Sam Curran 46 71 balls. For India, Jasprit Bumrah was the most successful bowler claiming three wickets. He played through a hip stress during the Nottingham Test. Shami inexplicably attempts an ugly heave but is miles away from making contact, and the umpire has the finger up in the blink of an eye. Kuldeep plays with hard hands and can only divert it onto his stumps via the inside edge. In the final session of the day, India didn't begin well with England progressing as Jonny Bairstow 70 off 88 balls, 9x4s brought up his 18th Test half-century off 72 balls. James Anderson to Ravindra Jadeja.
India will be playing three pacers, Hardik Pandya as the all-rounder and R Ashwin as the lone spinner. The right-hander is on his way back. There is all to play for both teams with England leading the five-match series 2-1. India lead by 15 runs 4th Test. He dives to his left and takes a good low catch.
That's a massive positive for us going into tomorrow with a bit of momentum. Ishant does not want to stop it but the ball itself stops before reaching the fence. When Curran came in to bat, he was playing the waiting game. Mohammed Shami to continue from the other end. The hosts were ruthlessly clinical from the moment Joe Root won the toss, with his bowlers relishing conditions throughout.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli reduced the trail to 146 without further hiccups. So, Ravindra Jadeja has been gearing up with both bat and ball, hoping for a first call-up in this series just in case Ashwin isn't available at toss time. On the pads from Mohammed Shami and Ben Stokes flicks it beautifully through mid-wicket for four runs. Ashwin dismissed Ben Stokes 21 with a return catch in the 75th over as England were reduced to 243 for seven. Will the tinge of green still play a major part in the opening period of play? In between the rain and the gloom, India have been utterly destroyed by England at Lord's. Kohli, who was involved in a 75-run partnership with Pujara, was the top scorer among the Indian batsmen with 62 runs off 127 balls.
That's all we have for you, folks! As a result, India will play their 38th combination in as many matches that skipper Kohli had led. It must be noted that the tourists were subject to completely alien conditions that would have challenged any side around the world, but that doesn't change the fact they were massively outplayed. What a moment to pull off a blinder. Joe Root the only batsman showing resistance is batting on 36 off 101 balls. The wicket-keeper batsman broke a finger during the third Test at Trent Bridge and the hosts are still to consider whether they need to bolster their fallible top order.
This is the official broadcaster for the tournament. And it seems that since Eoin was in touch with the ball while taking the bails off with his right hand, the third umpire has given him that benefit of doubt. Pujara remains unbeaten on 132. Seaming away back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot Steer, past third man for 4 runs. How far can England extend their lead tomorrow remains to be seen. A win would see the series get back to level terms with 2 games apiece, and would set up a thrilling finale Test. Moreover, he averages a stunning 65.
He has been solid as a rock and deserves all the applause. Gets cleaned up after scoring a brilliant 78. England's Jos Buttler scored 89. Skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri have often said that Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay are their first-choice openers in the longest format. Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli reduced the trail to 146 without further hiccups. India have lost their last 6 wickets for 52 runs and Moeen will be on a hat-trick in his next over. That's Stumps on Day 2 of the 4th Test.