India-England Day 4: Match Heading For Draw; India Needs 381 Runs To Win in 9 Wickets

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India fights back on the day 4 of the first test against England at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. After 3 days of England’s domination India take charges in the second innings and made England all out on 178 runs; Ashwin took 6-wickets.

While Indian batsmen continued their first innings earlier in the day, Washington Sundar hits another half-century, his third in second match he’s playing in his fresh test career. Though Sundar didn’t get much response from other batting end India scored 337 runs. England was allowed to enforce follow on but they wanted to give a big target to India as India has abilities to chase in the last day of the Test.

But Indian bowlers who were criticized for their planning implementation in the first innings of England, bounced back in the second innings. On the very first bowl Ashwin took wicket of Rory Burns and clear out the intentions.

In the second session Sibley and Lawrence got out by Ashwin and Ishant Sharma while Ben Stokes who scored 82 in the first innings scored only 7 were today; he got caught out by Pant in Ashwin’s over. After sudden collapse Root and Pope started building a partnership but Nadeem got Pope in his account, soon Jasprit Bumrah came into attack and got LBW out to Root in his second over.

Double Centurion Joe Root scored 40 runs and still remained highest run-scorer for England. Tail Enders couldn’t impress much as Ashwin and Nadeem strikes. England gave 420 runs to India to chase down in the last innings to win the match. India’s innings started with some classical boundaries by Rohit Sharma and Shubhman Gill.

But Sharma got unlucky and bowled by Jack Leach in the 6th over. In the 13 overs of game India scored 39 runs by 1 wicket. India will need to chase 381 runs on the last day while England needs 9 wickets if both failed the match will be draw.

Brief score:

Day 4

England 1st Inns: 555/10 (Root 218, Sibley 87, Bumrah 36-84-3)

India 1st Inns: 337/10 (R Pant 91, Sunday 85, Bess 26-76-4)

England 2nd Inns: 178/10 (Joe Root 40, Ashwin 17.3-61-6, Nadeem 15-66-2)

India 2nd Inns: 39/1 (Shubhman Gill 15, Pujara 12, Jack Leach 6-21-1)

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