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Keaton Jennings hits a ton in debut, but Ashwin strikes in final session

England tour of India
4th Test: India v England
Date & Venue: 8-12 December, 2016, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Day 1: Wankhede is not the best ground for India as India has lost 4 Test out of 8 here since 2000. England won both the matches here i.e. 2006 and 2012.England won the toss and straight away choosing to bat. Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings open the innings for the England. Keaton Jennings playing his debut match got life in the 4th over of the innings on the bowling of Umesh Yadav as he was dropped in gully by Karun Nair, but it was a tough chance!  Pitch showed sign of spins in the 7th over itself which means life will be tough for batsmen as match progresses.

Meanwhile both the openers put 99 runs stand for the 1st wicket, before Ravindra Jadeja broken Cook’s dwell in the centre as he tried to play the short coming out of the pitch and was stumped by wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel. The England captain departed after scoring 46 runs. Joe Root was the next batsmen in and he seemed to stay down along with Jennings to direct England towards a big score. But Ashwin got him soon after the lunch when he enticed Joe Root into a drive and Virat Kohli completed a great reaction catch at the slips to send him back on 21 runs. Moeen Ali was the next batsmen on the crease and both of them played cautiously.

Keaton Jennings then fetched up his century, becoming only the 19th English batsman to score a ton on Test debut. Both Jennings and Ali remained unbeaten as England went into tea at 195/2, taking command of the match. But Ravichandran Ashwin was again provided much needed breakthrough which India was looking for as Moeen looked to sweep and was caught by the Karun Nair on 50 runs, leaving England at 230/3.

Ashwin then gave England a big blow to England by removing the well set Jennings for 112, caught at gully position where Pujara took a good low catch, as England unexpectedly drooping to 230/4. Now Ashwin became a different bowler all of sudden as he gave another blow to England by picking up wicket of Jonny Bairstow as he was caught by Umesh Yadav on 14 runs. Ben Stokes 25 * and Joe Buttler 18* were on crease as the visitors ended the day on 288/5 in 94 over’s.

Ravichandran Ashwin ended the day with figures of 4/75 from 30 over’s becoming 7th highest wicket taker passing the tally of Javagal Srinath. India need to wrap up the England innings on day 2 as the pitch will difficult to bat on later the innings.

Team Score Over’s
ENG 288/5 94
IND Yet to bat

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