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India vs England, 4th Test, Day 1: Honours even as Keaton Jennings, Ravichandran Ashwin dominate

The day witnessed 94 overs' play with England scoring 288 runs for the loss of five wickets.

India vs England, 4th Test, Day 1: Honours even as Keaton Jennings, Ravichandran Ashwin dominate

New Delhi: Ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and debutant Keaton Jennings dominated the first day of the fourth Test match between India and England at Mumbai on Thursday.

England skipper Alastair Cook won the toss and opted to bat first at the historic Wankhede Stadium, which was hosting it's first Test after the retirement of Sachin Tendulkar in 2003.

It's also the first time that a Test match in Mumbai is played without a local player. Pacer Shardul Thakur was in the team, as a back-up for Mohammed Shami, but he was ignored for the more experience Bhuvenshwar Kumar.

Another Mumbai player, Ajinkya Rahane was unlucky to have picked an injury during a pre-match practice session yesterday. He was however replaced by Manish Pandey in the team.

Both the teams made two changes. India made two chances, bringing in KL Rahul and Bhuvneshwar for Rahane for Shami.

In the England line-up, Jennings replaced injured Haseeb Hameed, while Stuart Broad made way for Jack Ball.

England started in the best possible way with opener Cook and Jennings stitching a 99-run stand. England raced to 50 runs inside 16th over.

Ravindra Jadeja provided the much needed break in the 26th over, thanks to a brilliant work of stumping from Parthiv Patel.

Cook, who became the sixth batsman to score 2000 or more runs, failed to read the spin and ended up losing his ground. He made 46 off 60 balls.

At Lunch, England were 117/1 after 31 overs play, with Jennings in 65 and new man Joe Root on 5.

The second wicket stand between Jennings and Root threatened to dominate the Indian attack, but the talented England number three lasted only 41 balls.

He became first of the four wickets taken by Ravichandran Ashwin. Skipper Virat Kohli took a good catch at first slip to complete the send off. Moeen Ali joined Jennings in the centre.

Just after drinks, in an unfortunate event, Australian umpire Paul Reiffel got hit by a throw from Bhuvneshwar. He was forced to replaced by Marais Erasmus.

England posted another 50-run stand, for the third wicket as Jennings and Ali dominate Indian attack.

Just before Tea, Jennings reached his hundred with a four. He took 186 balls and hit 12 fours.

He thus became the third batsman to score hundred against India on debut.

England reached 200 runs in the 63rd over, and soon lost Ali. The England all-rounder become Ashwin's second victim. He tried to play lofted shot but ended up offering a catch to Rahul at mid-wicket.

In the same over, two balls later, Ashwin removed Jennings, caught at gully by Cheteshwar Pujara.

At Drinks, England were 246/4 after 79 overs' play. Jonny Bairstow became Ashwin's fourth victim, caught by Umesh Yadav.

But Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler hung on to produce a 39-run stand to avoid further slip.

The day witnessed 94 overs' play with England scoring 288 runs for the loss of five wickets.

England need to win the match to survive in the series. India have taken 2-0 lead after wins at Visakhapatnam and Mohali. Series opener in Rajkot ended a high scoring draw.

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