IND vs ENG, 5th Test: Before the start of the fourth day of the fifth Test, who would have thought that England will have a chance to win the game. It’s a tough pill to digest but at the moment it looks like England is the favourite to win the Test from here.
England managed to bundle India out for 245 runs in their second innings but still, Bumrah and Co. set a huge target of 378 runs for England to win the match. Pujara added 16 more runs to his individual score before Broad had him eventually in the first session. Shreyas Iyer’s problems with short balls continued as he got out early, once again, in the Test match.
Rishabh Pant was looking good and playing with the utmost composure. However, he couldn’t resist himself from hitting the ball out of the park when J Lack came out to bowl. This time, Leach had the better of him. Pant got out after scoring 57 runs in 86 balls, while Jadeja made 23 runs in 58 balls.
Once Pant got out, England didn’t take a lot of time to bundle out India. Ben Stokes was the pick of the bowlers, claiming 4 wickets for 33 runs in 11.5 overs. Besides, the likes of Broad and Potts picked two wickets each.
IND vs ENG 5th Test: England got off to a solid start
In pursuit of a 378-run total, England needed a good start and, this time, they got one as well. Both Alex Lees and Zack Crawley started off aggressively. The duo didn’t stop themselves from playing shots and it worked out well as well. The duo set the foundation with a 107-run partnership before Bumrah finally had Crawley (46) bowled in the 22nd over. In his very next over, the skipper had Pope caught behind, while the next over saw Lees (56) getting run-out.
In the space of 4 overs, England had lost 3 quick wickets. However, Root and Bairstow then steadied the ship and remained unbeaten till the end of the day. Root and Bairstow are unbeaten on 76 and 72 respectively. Thanks to this partnership, England managed to score 259 runs but still need 119 runs to win the Test match.