Cricket

Curran revives England after familiar collapse

Friday, August 31, 2018

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SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Sam Curran marked his England return with a Test-best 78 as the hosts fought back on the first day of the fourth Test against India at Southampton yesterday.

It was a familiar story when Curran, primarily a left-arm swing bowler and playing just his fourth Test, came into bat with England in dire straits at 86 for six after home captain Joe Root won the toss.

But thanks to Curran, they finished on a far more respectable 246 all out, with India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah taking three wickets for 46 runs in 20 overs.

India were 19 without loss at stumps, a deficit of 227 runs, with Shikhar Dhawan three not out and K L Rahul 11 not out.

Curran was unfortunate to miss the third Test at Trent Bridge, a match India won by 203 runs to reduce England's lead in the five-match series to 2-1, as he made way for returning all-rounder Ben Stokes.

But yesterday saw him put on 81 for the seventh wicket with the recalled Moeen Ali (40) before Curran and Stuart Broad (17) added 63 for the ninth.

Curran and Ali were recalled after the former's fellow 20-year-old Surrey rising star Ollie Pope, a batsman, was dropped and pace-bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes ruled out with a thigh injury.

Curran was last man out, bowled trying to heave spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

He batted for over three hours, facing 136 balls including eight fours and a six.

“There are positives and negatives. we won the toss and batted, but being 86 for six and managed to get nearly 250, I think, is a positive,” Curran told Sky Sports.

Bumrah came into the series at Trent Bridge, where he took five second-innings wickets and he backed up that haul yesterday.

“When I was sitting out of the first two matches recovering from an injury I was watching what was working where,” he said.

The extravagant movement helped explain the large total of 23 byes conceded by India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.

Bumrah struck with just his seventh delivery when he had Keaton Jennings lbw for a duck, the struggling left-hander deceived into leaving a ball that cut back into him.

Number three batsman Root fell almost as cheaply, lbw for four to Ishant Sharma.

Jonny Bairstow had been promoted to bat at number four despite a broken finger suffered at Trent Bridge that means he is unfit to keep wicket.

Bairstow, however, was caught behind off Bumrah for six.

SCOREBOARD
England 1st Innings
A Cook c Kohli b Pandya 17
K Jennings lbw b Bumrah 0
J Root lbw b Sharma 4
J Bairstow c Pant b Bumrah 6
B Stokes lbw b Shami 23
J Buttler c Kohli b Shami 21
M Ali c Bumrah b Ashwin 40
S Curran b Ashwin 78
A Rashid lbw b Sharma 6
S Broad lbw b Bumrah 17
J Anderson not out 0
Extras (b23, lb9, nb2) 34
Total (all out, 76.4 overs, 367 mins)
246
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Jennings), 2-15
(Root), 3-28 (Bairstow), 4-36 (Cook),
5-69 (Buttler), 6-86 (Stokes), 7-167 (Ali),
8-177 (Rashid), 9-240 (Broad), 10-246
(Curran)
Bowling: Bumrah 20-5-46-3 (1nb);
Sharma 16-6-26-2; Pandya 8-0-51-1
(1nb); Shami 18-2-51-2; Ashwin 14.4-
3-40-2
India 1st Innings
S Dhawan not out 3
KL Rahul not out 11
Extras (b4, w1) 5
Total (0 wkts, 4 overs, 19 mins) 19
To bat: C Pujara, V Kohli, A Rahane, R
Pant, H Pandya, R Ashwin, I Sharma, M
Shami, J Bumrah
Bowling: Anderson 2-1-3-0; Broad 2-0-
12-0 (1w)
Match position: India are 227 runs
behind with all 10 first-innings wickets
standing
Toss: England
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI),
Bruce Oxenford (AUS)
TV umpire: Joel Wilson (WIS)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)

SCOREBOARD


England 1st Innings
A Cook c Kohli b Pandya 17
K Jennings lbw b Bumrah 0
J Root lbw b Sharma 4
J Bairstow c Pant b Bumrah 6
B Stokes lbw b Shami 23
J Buttler c Kohli b Shami 21
M Ali c Bumrah b Ashwin 40
S Curran b Ashwin 78
A Rashid lbw b Sharma 6
S Broad lbw b Bumrah 17
J Anderson not out 0
Extras (b23, lb9, nb2) 34
Total (all out, 76.4 overs, 367 mins)
246
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Jennings), 2-15
(Root), 3-28 (Bairstow), 4-36 (Cook),
5-69 (Buttler), 6-86 (Stokes), 7-167 (Ali),
8-177 (Rashid), 9-240 (Broad), 10-246
(Curran)
Bowling: Bumrah 20-5-46-3 (1nb);
Sharma 16-6-26-2; Pandya 8-0-51-1
(1nb); Shami 18-2-51-2; Ashwin 14.4-
3-40-2
India 1st Innings
S Dhawan not out 3
KL Rahul not out 11
Extras (b4, w1) 5
Total (0 wkts, 4 overs, 19 mins) 19
To bat: C Pujara, V Kohli, A Rahane, R
Pant, H Pandya, R Ashwin, I Sharma, M
Shami, J Bumrah
Bowling: Anderson 2-1-3-0; Broad 2-0-
12-0 (1w)
Match position: India are 227 runs
behind with all 10 first-innings wickets
standing
Toss: England
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI),
Bruce Oxenford (AUS)
TV umpire: Joel Wilson (WIS)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)

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