Eng v Ind highlights today – Fourth test day one from The Rose Bowl, Southampton (England) Thursday 30th August 2018. Just three teams had played test matches at The Rose Bowl, Southampton venue, Sri Lanka, India and the home team England. First in 2011 England played against Sri Lanka and in 2014 they played against India. The highest total of the ground is 569/7d scored by England against India. India highest total at this pitch is 330 all out in 106.1 overs.
James Michael Anderson standing on top of the most wickets takers list with seventeen wickets in last three test matches and the Indian team captain Virat Kohli is standing on top of the most runs scorers list with 440 runs in six innings with highest 149. I Sharma bowled brilliantly and took eleven wickets in five innings, SCJ Broad took ten wickets. JM Bairstow scored 206 runs in five innings with highest 93 and JC Buttler scored 170 runs in five innings.
Now the next two tests are so important for India because they have to win both of them if they want to win this five test matches series and England is just one victory away from getting the series victory. Both teams are fighting so hard and it is a very tough competition because India is the world’s no 1 ranked team and England got home advantage.
England team/playing XI
1 Alastair Cook, 2 Keaton Jennings, 3 Joe Root (capt), 4 Jonny Bairstow, 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 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 Hardik Pandya, 7 Rishabh Pant (wk), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Mohammed Shami/Ravindra Jadeja, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Jasprit Bumrah.
Match Timings: 11:00 start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
The pitch had a tinge of green but is expected to be a bat-first surface albeit with a challenging first session for the batsmen. Spin can come into play at the ground – Moeen took a six-wicket haul in the fourth innings in 2014 – but the pitch is not expected to change character quickly. The forecast is for a dry and mild five days if the match lasts that long.
Kohli confirmed that Ashwin has fully recovered from his hip niggle. This means there’s a chance of India naming an unchanged XI. However, Kohli has also predicted plenty of help for the spinners as the match wears on, which opens up the possibility of Ravindra Jadeja coming in as the second spinner, perhaps in place of Mohammed Shami.
Root again confirmed his team a day out. Bairstow’s finger has healed enough for him to retain a place as a batsman, moving up to No.4, but the gloves go to Jos Buttler. Sam Curran has replaced Chris Woakes, who has a thigh strain, while Moeen Ali comes in for Ollie Pope whose two Test matches came batting at No. 4 – a position he had never occupied in first-class cricket.
Umpires – Kumar Dharmasena, Joel Wilson
TV Umpires – Bruce Oxenford
Match Referee – Andy Pycroft
Reserve Umpire – Tim Robinson
Match number – Test no. 2317