In the fourth Test of the England tour of India, Joe Root won the toss at the Narendra Modi Stadium and chose to bat. First Innings, England 205/10, Ben Stokes (55), Axar Patel (4/68). First Innings, India 365/10, Rishabh Pant (101), Ben Stokes (4/89). Day 3, Second Innings, England 91/6, Joe Root (30), Daniel Lawrence (19), Axar Patel (3/28). The second session of the third day belonged to the Indian team as they took six wickets and conceded 83 runs. England trail India by 69 runs.
Zak Crawley (5) and Dominic Sibley (3) walked in to bat in the second session of the third day. The Indian skipper initiated the bowling attack with the spin owing to the pitch conditions. Ravichandran Ashwin struck twice in a single over when he got Crawly and Jonny Bairstow in consecutive deliveries. Joe Root came out to bat on the hattrick delivery and defended the ball successfully. Patel got rid of Sibley when the opener was caught behind the stumps in the 10th over. Ben Stokes was Sibley’s replacement at the crease but couldn’t contribute much with the bat like the previous innings and yet again fell prey to Patel. Stokes paddle swept the ball straight to Virat Kohli at leg slip. Ollie Pope came to bat at number five and churned out 35 runs for the sixth wicket partnership before the former was stumped by Pant on Patel’s bowling. In the following over, Root was plumbed on Ashwin’s delivery. England was on the path of recovery after the Pope-Root partnership, but two quick wickets of the well-set batsmen sent them in turmoil. Ben Foakes and Daniel Lawrence are currently at the crease and gathered 26 runs before the second session concluded.
The England camp would want a big partnership from the two new batsmen at the crease. For India, Ashwin and Patel took three wickets each. In the second session, 85 runs were scored in 30 overs at the run rate of 2.83 runs per over.