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Shardul Thakur’s half-century ball of 31 ball was the fastest in Test cricket in England

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TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: Shardul Thakur’s 31-ball half-century was the fastest in England’s Test cricket when he overtook Ian Botham

  • The fourth Test of the series between England and India is well balanced
  • There was a late bloom of Shardul Thakur to help India to a score of 191
  • He beat Ian Botham by one ball and reached his 50 in just 31 deliveries











The first day of the fourth test between England and India was just as exciting as the rest of the series so far.

A late resignation from Joe Root gave the tourists a huge boost en route to Friday, but England were only 138 behind with three wickets down.

Here, Sportsmail’s Lawrence Booth takes a look at some of the key stats from day one at the Kia Oval.

England and India had a thrilling first day of the fourth test at the Kia Oval

James Anderson has now eliminated Cheteshwar Pujara in every first inning of this series, for scores of 4, 9, 1 and 4.

England won the toss in 61 Oval Tests and chose to bat 52 times.

Of the eight previous times they chose to bowl first, they have won just twice: by eight wickets against Pakistan in 1967, and by an innings and 244 against India in 2014.

Shardul Thakur hammered a fast half-century to an Ian Botham record.  to break

Shardul Thakur hammered a fast half-century to an Ian Botham record. to break

Shardul Thakur’s 31-ball half-century was the fastest in Test cricket in England, beating Ian Botham’s 32-ball fifty against New Zealand at The Oval in 1986.

Jasprit Bumrah was the eighth player to be eliminated without a ball in a Test against England – and the first since Australia’s Simon Katich in Adelaide in 2010-11.

Ollie Robinson continued the great start to his testing career. Three for 38 figures from 17.3 overs brought his total haul to 26 wickets at just 17.

The day after he rose to the top of the ICC Test rankings, Joe Root’s 21 was his lowest score of the series, meaning he can’t top a score in six consecutive innings.

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