Keaton Jennings emerges the winner in the Mumbai test


Keaton Jennings emerges the winner in the Mumbai test

The new comer Keaton Jennings lifted England to 288 on the first day of the Mumbai test. Having won the toss, England decided to bat first. It was a mark of England’s confidence in Jennings that the team selected the debutant to open the innings with the skipper Alastair Cook. It was Keaton Jennings’ first match in India, which doubled the pressure for the young man. But, India was in for a surprise as Jennings proved that England picked him as the opener for a reason.

Keaton stumbled at the beginning and had a narrow escape after Karun Nair dropped the catch in the fourth over. Jennings was yet to score a run and his wicket could have been fatal for England. However, Jennings learned his lesson and soon took control of the innings. On the other hand, Cook was slowly heading towards his half century. However, he was robbed of his half- century after Parthiv Patel stumped him. India got the first breakthrough but England managed to surpass the 100 mark before the lunch break.

Ashwin who failed to pick up a wicket in the morning session made up for it in the post lunch session. He removed the dangerous man Joe Root before he could settle in, giving India a major advantage. However, Keaton Jennings teamed up with Moeen Ali to accelerate the England innings. Keaton Jennings reached his century, making him the 19th England batsman to score a century on the test debut. Moeen Ali completed his half- century but fell victim to Ashwin immediately after reaching his half- century.  England lost Keaton Jennings’ wicket shortly after the dismissal of Moeen Ali.

Ashwin claimed the fourth wicket by removing Jonny Bairstow. With the help of Ashwin, India managed to neutralise the advantage England had in the first two sessions. However, England still have five wickets in hand and have a fair chance of posting a huge score on the second day.