Shardul Thakur filed an emphatic reminder of his batting credentials, hammering a quickfire 57 to usher India to 191. His no-holds-barred pyrotechnics put England under the cosh as it rained fours and sixes at The Oval. There were some lucky reprieves in between thanks to sloppy catching and Thakur made the hosts pay, finishing as the top-scorer of India’s innings. Although the lower-order flourish saved their noses, India would be a tad disappointed with their batting effort.
Shardul counter-attacks England in style and races to his 50 with a pull over square leg for 6.
— Sony Sports (@SonySportsIndia) September 2, 2021
Thakur (39no) is taking the attack to the England bowlers! Here he smashes Woakes for the second six so far of his 25-ball knock.
India 168-7. #ENGvIND 🏴🇮🇳
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) September 2, 2021