After 3 days of exorbitant cricket, the first test between India and Englabd enters the 4th day which could very well be the last day of the match.
Continuing the day with overnight score of 9-1, Keaton Jennings departed soon after Ravi Ashwin picked up his second wicket of the innings. Soon after, he struck again. This time his prey was English captain Joe Root. Indian bowlers were right on top of the English batsmen at the moment. Ishant Sharma was a reminiscent of his 2014 form as he picked up four back to back wickets in quick succession. And England were soon reduced to 87-7 with a lead of just 101 runs.
However Sam Curran had some other ideas. He took the charge to the Indian bowlers from the very first ball and was aptly supported by Adil Rashid from the other side. The duo added valuable 38 runs before Rashid was picked up by Umesh Yadav. But nothing seemed to come in the way of Curran who was growing in coincidence after every passing ball.
Ishant had his well-deserved fifer when he got Stuart Broad. Umesh then sent Curran home as England finished the innings with 180 runs on the scoreboard. Sam Curran was the highest scorer with 63 runs. Ishant got 5 wickets with Ashwin backing him with three.
Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay came out to bat with India chasing an interesting score of 195 runs to win the first test. It was always going to be difficult for India to chase this total. And Broad picked up Vijay early as the right-hander was adjudged LBW. Soon Dhawan followed Vijay to the pavilion. It was again Broad who picked him, Bairstow completing a fairly easy catch.
KL Rahul looked to be positive and played a couple of delightful strokes. But he was left undone by Ben Stokes. Next, Kohli continued his delightful form and looked supremely confident on the crease. Sam Curran again turned out to be the nemesis for team India. Rahane’s woes continued as he failed once again, this time to Curran. Bairstow again completed an easy catch.
Few eyebrows were raised when Indian contingent sent Ashwin before Karthik and Pandya. But the move didn’t pay off. Ashwin was repeatedly being foxed by Jimmy Anderson’s swing. Finally Anderson had something to show up for his persistent bowling. He picked up Ashwin as Bairstow completed his fourth catch of the first test.
India looked to be in a spot of despair as the scoreboard read 78-5. Kohli was full of grit as he battled English swing from one end. Dinesh Karthik initially struggled against Stokes but slowly had his feet stable on the crease. Both the batsmen added 32 runs before the umpires called the day off.
A mouth watering day awaits for us as both the teams enter the field tomorrow to draw the first blood in the series. India finished the day with 110-5 meaning they need 85 more runs to win the first test. The opening hour of tomorrow will be crucial as the overcast conditions will definitely suit the England bowlers. It will be a battle between English persistence and Indian temperament.
Can Kohli lead his side to a historic victory or will England bowling be too much for the Indians to handle? The fans will love to find it out tomorrow.
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