Keaton Jennings scored a Test century on debut as England scored an impressive 288 for 5 on day one of the Ind vs Eng 4th Test at Mumbai on Thursday.
On a Wankhede pitch that is taking sharp turn and bounce right from day one itself, England should consider themselves to be in a strong position with a good total already on the board. The Mumbai pitch is unlikely to be any easier that what it was on the first day which saw R Ashwin take four out of the five wickets to fall.
England Skipper Alastair Cook did his side a massive favour by calling it right at the toss to bat first on a bowling pitch at Mumbai.
India made two changes with Lokesh Rahul and Bhuvneshwar Kumar recovering from their injuries to replace the injured Ajinkya Rahane and Mohammed Shami. Parthiv Patel and Karun Nair were retained.
England too made a couple of changes with well-known cricket coach Ray Jennings’ son Keaton Jennings making his Test debut after replacing the injured opener Haseeb Hameed. Fast bowler Jake Ball came in for off-spinner Gareth Batty.
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England were off to a strong start of 99 for no loss when Alastair Cook was dismissed, stumped out by Parthiv Patel off Ravindra Jadeja for 46 in a big shot aimed across the line.
After lunch, R Ashwin gave India its second wicket having Joe Root caught brilliantly at slip for 21.
Moeen Ali joined Keaton Jennings to once again put England in a dominating position. He added 94 runs for the third wicket stand with Jennings before getting out for 50, top edging a slog sweep off R Ashwin.
By the close of play, R Ashwin bagged two more wickets – Keaton Jennings caught by Cheteshwar Pujara at gully for 112 (from 219 balls with 13 fours) and Jonny Bairstow for 14, caught top edging a sweep to deep backward squareleg.
While Keaton Jennings went on to become the 19th Englishman to score a century on Test debut, R Ashwin surpassed speedster Javagal Srinath’s career tally of 236 Test wickets to become the seventh highest wicket taker for India in Tests.