Debutant Keaton Jennings delivers a striking knock for England in Mumbai Test

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Debutant Keaton Jennings delivers a striking knock for England in Mumbai Test
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In the first day of the fourth test match between India and England, debutant player Keaton Jennings showed up a good strike against India. By lunch, the batsman was at 65 off 112 balls, steadily moving towards a century. By the end of session India captain Virat Kohli had to change his tactics to attack the player with changes in bounces and spins. Although the pitch appeared helpful for India's bowlers, they could not succeed to take his wicket. Jennings was batting with a masterful skill.

The Mumbai test, so far witnessed a strong inning from Jennings. In the match, he proved worthy of being the co-opener with the Captain. It is his debut test where the batsmen came up with a half century and fighting for more. The player also got a second life at the hands of Karun Nair. The fielder missed a catch from Umesh Yadav at the gully, which could have been and end at the beginning for Jennings. It was a tough catch whatsoever. There was an extra bounce on the delivery that successfully trapped the batsman who glided it behind the point. Nair tried hard, leaping up to the left, but could not hold the ball.

The England batsman took advantage of the short balls, which he ripped apart into the boundary. He took some time to understand the surface and the nature of the pitch, before thundering down. In the early overs, he played it within the crease until he gained enough confidence to play forward. He lofted the deliveries from Jayant Yadav, adding to his confidence. Jennings has a record of hammering the most runs in domestic test championship in England. In the 2016 tournament, he scored a total of 1548 runs. The player might be a game changer for England, who has already faced two losses in the series.

On the other side, India captain Virat Kohli was busy conjuring his plans to contain England. The batsmen were being helped by stroke play and he rightly noticed the aspect. Kohli placed his men in the deep and long offs. This saved the boundaries and restricted England to single runs. Most of the runs were given out before the 20th over when Ashwin spearheaded the attack. He put up a sheer pressure by denying runs to England batsmen.

England still has the chance to draw the match by leveling it at 2-2. For this, the team would need to put up a decent score in the innings and pose a real threat to India's batsmen. By the end of the session, Ravindra Jadeja had Alastair Cook stumped taking down the first wicket of the day. England was 117 for 1 with the slog. It is the fourth time when Cook is stumped in his international test career of 250 innings.

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