Rejigged England face revived India in fourth Test

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With a slender lead of 2-1 in the five-match Test series, England will have their task cut short when they faced a revived Indian side in the fourth Test in Southampton on Thursday.

Jasprit Bumrah (3-46) and Ishant Sharma (2-26) did most of the early damage as Keaton Jennings (0), Joe Root (4), Jonny Bairstow (6) and Alastair Cook (17) all fell cheaply on the opening morning.

Although the tourists are in the stronger position, England would have been in much deeper trouble had it not been for efforts of Curran, who kept them afloat on a day when the ball moved throughout. Jasprit Bumrah ran into to bowl his second over of his spell and what happened next, startled most in the cricketing world.

The ball hits Jennings at knee height before the wickets as the batsman was expecting another ball to leave him outside the off-stump.

But that could change following a dominant display in Nottingham where, for the second match of the series, Kohli scored exactly 200 runs, including a century, having achieved the same feat in the first Test at Edgbaston. The Southampton Test is 26-year-old Keaton's 11th since he made his debut in 2016.

India are boosted with the confidence of winning the 3rd Test.

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The Ageas Bowl track had a decent covering of grass is expected to have more bounce than the previous venues of the series. Their bowling attack is ideal for England so if, as they did at Trent Bridge, Virat Kohli's fellow top-order players can support their captain with pluck, good judgment and placement, they should take the series to the Oval, all-square.

Hardik Pandya snaps Alastair Cook and the Indian team is elated.

England captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat in glorious sunshine and with a track that looked nicely prepared for batting. Pandya was expensive and Ashwin at times ineffective.

"I'm very, very keen to keep my spot as the wicketkeeper - because I would like to think it's gone pretty well over the last 38/39 Test matches that I've been keeping for England". Brilliant start for India. They got frustrated and a bit ragged in the field, so Virat will feel they lost intensity. "The pitch will still be doing a little and it is set up for a great Test match".

James Anderson is on the verge of becoming the most successful pace bowler in the history of Test cricket.

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