Indian batting continued its disastrous show and the team is in the danger of losing the fifth and final Investec Test as well at The Kia Oval in London. It is just the first day that is over and already India can be safely written off in the contest. England having bowled out India cheaply for 148 have closed Day 1 on a strong note at 62 for no loss.
Above pic: Chris Jordan takes a sharp return catch offered by Ajinkya Rahane on Day 1 of the 5th Investec Test at The Oval on Aug 15, 2014
Alastair Cook won the toss and invited India to bat first under overcast conditions. The Oval pitch lived up to its expectations with plenty of pace and bounce. There was enough sideways movement and the cloudy conditions assisted swing bowling. The result was the Indian top order getting blown away in no time. The likes of Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan provided excellent back up to the deadly new ball combination of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
Only Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni managed to get in on this pitch and he produced a gem of a knock. MS Dhoni ran out of partners and he was last man out with a superb fighting score of 82 to his name with 15 fours and a six.
India had gone in to this match making two changes with Stuart Binny and Ishant Sharma coming in for Ravindra Jadeja and Pankaj Singh. England on the other hand retained their winning combination for a third Test in a row.