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 24/1, Rohit Sharma (8), Cheteshwar Pujara (15), James Anderson (1/0). The third session of the third Test belonged to the Indian team as they picked five wickets and scored 24 runs in 12 overs.
Daniel Lawrence (46) and Ollie Pope (29) walked in to bat in the final session of the day. The two batsmen were looking comfortable against the Indian spin attack. Just five overs into the final session, Ravichandran Ashwin got his first victim of the match when he sent Pope back to the pavilion. England’s most dependable batsman in the lower order Ben Foakes also couldn’t contribute much before he was caught by Ajinkya Rahane on Ashwin’s bowling. Axar Patel struck twice in the same over, the in-form spinner got rid of Lawrence and Dom Bess. Lawrence departed after showcasing a fighting knock of 46 which guided England over the score of 200. The last two batsmen of England’s batting line up James Anderson and Jack Leach were present at the strike, the two batsmen conjured 16 runs for the last wicket and posted a total of 205 in the first innings. Leach was the final victim for the Indian team as the tail-ender was plumbed on Ashwin’s bowling.
Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill started the proceedings with the bat for the home team. James Anderson struck in the first over of the match, when he got Gill for a duck. The first run for India came from Rohit’s willow as the opener scored a boundary at third man in the second over. Rohit and Pujara found no difficulty in the final session against the England bowlers. In the third session, 85 runs were scored in 31.5 overs at the run rate of 2.67 runs per over.