Cheteshwar Pujara was bowled for four © Getty Images
Cheteshwar Pujara was bowled for four © Getty Images

Aug 15, 2014

India went into lunch on Day One of the fifth Test against England at The oval at 43 for five. After being put in to bat, India’s top order wobbled and did not deal with the English challenge. The English bowlers were all over the Indian batsmen and it would now require a monumental effort from them if they are to make a game out of this.

It was a session that exposed India yet again. Though the sun did peak through the clouds on the odd-occasion, India were all at sea and did not come to terms with the questions posed by the English seamers. The session saw only two boundaries off the bat and that does tell you how much India struggled.

Gautam Gambhir fell in the first over, off the very first ball he faced. He tried to leave the away-goer from James Anderson but got the edge. Cheteshwar Pujara was then castled by Stuart Broad as the incoming delivery broke through his defence. Virat Kohli strode out and played with some confidence. A cover-drive went for four and it seemed that he was getting back into his groove.

However, Kohli was living dangerously as he tried to leave a few deliveries outside the off-stump. One even hit him on the pads as it jagged back in, but it hadn’t done enough to be given leg-before. But, then Kohli left one from Chris Jordan and was adjudged leg-before. Ajinkya Rahane did not last long as he chipped a catch back to Jordan in his follow through.

Murali Vijay had battled through the morning session, but Chris Woakes finally dismissed him for 18 when he edged one to fourth slip. At 36 for five, India were in huge trouble. Stuart Binny walked out to join skipper MS Dhoni and they managed to see it off to lunch without further damage.

Brief scores:

India 43 for 5 (Murali Vijay 18; Chris Jordan 2 for 7) vs England.

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