England Vs India 5th Test Day 1 Highlights – Sept 7, 2018

Ind v Eng highlights today – fifth test day one from Kennington Oval, London (England) Friday 8th September 2018. Kennington Oval is a very old cricket ground. The highest total of the venue is 903/7d scored by the home team against Australia in 1938. The second highest total is 708 scored by Pakistan against the home team in 1987. India team highest total here is 664 scored in 2007 and the home team highest score against India is 594 scored in 1984. In August 2014 India tour of England, The home team scored 486 runs in reply India 148 & 94 and England won by an innings and 244 runs.

So this was the short story about this ground and now we know that England already have won this test series and today’s match will be the last match of this India tour. Now see the most runs scorers and most wicket takers from last four test matches, JM Anderson took 19 wickets, I Sharma took 15, SCJ Broad and Mohammed Shami took 14 wickets each of them. V Kohli scored 544 runs, JC Buttler 260 and SM Curran 251. So there is no JE Root, no JM Bairstow, no AN Cook in top three.

England won the toss and elected to bat.

England team/playing XI
1 Alastair Cook, 2 Keaton Jennings, 3 Moeen Ali, 4 Joe Root (capt), 5 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Jos Buttler, 8 Sam Curran, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson.
India team/playing XI
1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 KL Rahul, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Rishabh Pant (wk), 7 Hanuma Vihari/Hardik Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja/R Ashwin, 9 Ishant Sharma, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Jasprit Bumrah.

Match Timings: 11:00 start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00

Form guide

England WLWWW (last five Tests, most recent first)

There was some live, green grass on the pitch on the eve of the Test match, but it seemed dry underneath – possibly the reason why England have chosen to stick with two spinners. Expect some of the grass to come off before the toss, leaving the captain winning the toss to make the easy decision of batting first. The weather is likely to be fair on day one, with more overcast conditions expected later in the match.

Kohli named an unchanged team for successive Tests for the first time ever at Ageas Bowl, but it’s time to spin the wheel again. India are likely to beef up their batting with the inclusion of Vihari at the expense of an allrounder in Hardik Pandya, who has played all of India’s Tests in the overseas cycle so far, starting with his debut in Sri Lanka last year. Jadeja, meanwhile, is likely to play his first overseas Test since the SSC game in August 2017.

Jonny Bairstow, who had played the Southampton Test as a specialist batsman after fracturing a finger while taking a catch behind the stumps at Trent Bridge, is now fit enough to take back wicketkeeping duties from Jos Buttler. England have named an unchanged XI, which means the recalled pair of Chris Woakes and Ollie Pope will sit out.

Umpires – Joel Wilson, Kumar Dharmasena
TV Umpires – Bruce Oxenford
Match Referee – Andy Pycroft
Reserve Umpire – Tim Robinson
Match number – Test no. 2318

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