England were 132 runs behind in the first innings. As a result, despite India’s 245 in the second innings, the hosts had to chase the huge target of 378 runs to win the test.
India finished the third day with 125 runs for 3 wickets. Cheteshwar Pujara was batting with 50 runs and Rishabh Pant was batting with 30 runs. On the fourth day, Pujara was dismissed for 66 runs. Rishabh Pant also scored a half century. He made 57 runs from 86 balls.
Rabindra Jadeja, who scored a century in the first innings, was dismissed for 23 runs. Mohammad Shami scored 13 runs. Shreyas Iyer was dismissed for 19 runs. Captain Bumrah, who scored 35 runs in 1 over in the first innings, scored only 7 runs in the second innings. Besides, Shardul Thakur scored 4 runs and Siraj scored 2 runs.
Depending on the Pujara and Rishabh Pant’s half-century in the second innings, India were all out for 245 runs. English captain Ben Stokes took 4 wickets. Stuart Broad and Matthew Potts took 2 wickets. James Anderson and Jack Leach took 1 wicket each.
England was in great danger while chasing the total 378 runs. Two openers, Alex Lees and Jack Crawley, made a great start with a partnership of 107 runs. But after Jack Crawley was dismissed for 46 by Bumrah, Ollie pope was caught out without a run.
After scoring 56 off 65 balls, Alex Lees fell into the run-out trap. England then lost 3 wickets for 132 runs in 31.2 overs. Joe Root with 18 runs and Jonny Bairstow with 6 runs were batting that time. Even then England will have to score 246 runs. Then began an incredible batting.
England seems to have changed completely since Ben Stokes took the lead. No matter how many runs the opponent is aiming for, it seems to have become a very common thing for them to cross.
New Zealand’s 299-run target came in the fourth innings and they crossed the line in just 50 overs. They crossed the target of 296 runs in just 54 overs, losing 3 wickets. On the fifth day of Test cricket, the feat of scoring more than 5 runs in the fourth innings now seems to be theirs alone.
In the current Edgbaston Test, the Indian bowlers have been bowling brilliantly. England were bowled out for 284 in reply to the Indians’ 416 runs. In the fourth innings, the English seemed to care little about the Indian bowling line-up. Especially Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow.
They are now leaving the huge target of 378 runs as a trivial matter. There is still one day left in the test. If nothing miraculous happens, England will easily reach the goal of victory. Winning by crossing the huge target of 378 runs is definitely not the easy one.
The third wicket fell at 109 runs. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow then teamed up and are still unbeaten on 150 run partnership. On the fifth day, Johnny Bairstow will bat with 76 runs and Joe Root with 72 runs.
At the end of the fourth day, England scored 259 runs for the loss of 3 wickets at the rate of 4.54 runs per over. England need only 119 runs to win. They have 7 wickets in hand. Most importantly, the two batsmen on the wicket are astonishing Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow.
The 5th day game will start at 3:30 pm today.
ENG vs IND Scoreboard
India (1st Innings) – 416/10 (84.5)
England (1st Innings) – 284/10 (61.3)
India (2nd Innings) – 245/10 (81.5)
England (2nd Innings) – 259/3 (57.0)
ENG vs IND – Playing XIs
|ENG||Ben Stokes (c), Sam Billings (wk), Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Matty Potts, Jonny Bairstow, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, James Anderson|
|IND||Jasprit Bumrah (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja, Shreyas Iyer, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj|