We failed to check the run flow in middle phase, admits India pacer Umesh Yadav 4th Test

ndia pace bowler Umesh Yadav has said that the overs in the lead-up to lunch on a wicket that had turned placid hurt India as it allowed England to escape from a difficult position and post a 99-run lead in the first innings.

We failed to check the run flow in middle phase, admits India pacer Umesh Yadav 4th Test

India were bundled out for 191 in their first innings. England in reply posted 290 as they rode on Ollie Pope’s 81 and Chris Woakes 50 for a 99-run first innings lead. India were 43 for 0 when stumps were drawn.

“The way we started our bowling, within 40 minutes, we took two wickets. After that we can say it was a drift down, as we conceded 40-45 runs in seven or eight overs, then the batsmen got the rhythm back and came in flow, they also came to know what is to be done,” Umesh said at the virtual press conference, after the second day’s play of the fourth Test.

"You are trying everything, but there is no support from the wicket and then after that after bowlers concede fours, batsmen are on the upper hand and they want to be dominated.

“I feel we made a mistake, the way we took wickets, we should have kept tight, but I feel a bit more runs were conceded in the middle phase, which shouldn’t have been the case," said Umesh, who is playing his first Test in nine months.

However, the senior pacer is hopeful that India would put up a good second innings score at The Oval and that the visitors were still in the game.

“In the first innings, there was a bit of moisture on the wicket, there was a bit of bounce and the weather conditions were a bit different.

“The way our batsmen are batting, I feel they will do well and we will make a good score at this wicket,” added the 33-year-old pacer.