In the fourth Test of the England tour of India, Joe Root won the toss at the Narendra Modi Stadium and chose to bat. First Innings, England 74/3, Jonny Bairstow (28*), Ben Stokes (24*), Axar Patel (2/21). The first session of the fourth Test belonged to the Indian team as they picked three wickets and conceded 74 runs in 25 overs.
Zack Crawley and Dominic Sibley commenced the batting for the visitors. The opening pair couldn’t add more than 10 runs before Sibley was clean bowled by Axar Patel in the sixth over. Jonny Bairstow replaced Sibley at the crease, he was struggling to play against the Indian bowlers with the new ball along with Crawley. The opener tried to counter-attack but couldn’t succeed in the process as the batsman was caught by Mohammed Siraj on Patel’s bowling in the eighth over. The England skipper walked in to bat at number four, after churning out 15 runs along with Bairstow, he fell prey to Siraj. The Indian pacer set up the trap, he kept bowling outside off stump but that one delivery which came in, Joe Root couldn’t judge that well and was struck on his pads right in front of the stumps. A couple of words were exchanged between the new batsmen at the crease Ben Stokes and Virat Kohli. Initially, the two batsmen found it difficult to get acquainted to the pitch and the bowlers. They showed immense respect to the good deliveries, put the bad balls away and kept the scoreboard ticking. They gathered 44 runs for the fourth wicket before the first session concluded.
The England camp would be counting on Stokes and Bairstow to score runs who are well set at the crease. For India, Patel took two wickets while Siraj pocketed one. In the first session, 74 runs were scored, at the fall of three wickets in 25 overs at the run rate of 2.96 runs per over.