IND vs ENG, Day-4 Highlights: England, India in danger of humiliating defeat at the cusp of creating history


Birmingham: India set a target of 378 runs in front of England (IND v ENG) for victory on the fourth day of the 5th Test match. In response, the English team gave an explosive start. England’s score at stumps on the fourth day is 259 for three. Joe Root is playing on 76 and Jonny Bairstow is scoring 72 runs. The hosts now need only 118 runs to win the match. After trailing by 132 runs in the first innings, England looked largely out of place.

England has never won a match by achieving such a big target in Test cricket history. So far England’s most successful run chase is of 359 runs. At the same time, no team has won the match by scoring so many runs in the test against India. Australia holds the record for winning the most runs in the fourth innings for India. In 1977, Kangaroos achieved the target of 339 runs against India.
Virat Kohli: First provoked, then implicated, Virat Kohli took his breath by sending Lees to the pavilion
England openers Jack Crowley and Alex Lees got off to a good start. Crowley was dismissed by Bumrah after a partnership of 107 runs in 21.4 overs. On the very first ball after the tee break, Bumrah sent Ollie Pope to the pavilion without opening the account. Lees (56) was run out in the very next over. After this it seemed that Team India would return but Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow had different intentions. Bairstow took full advantage of two lives and completed the half-century. By the time of the stumps, the partnership of 150 runs has been made between the two batsmen.
Rishabh Pant: The hunter became the victim.
Earlier, with the help of Rishabh Pant’s half-century, India had taken the lead of 361 runs till lunch. Cheteshwar Pujara and Pant started with confidence while playing yesterday’s score at 125 for three. Pujara played a poor shot off Stuart Broad and took a catch at backward point. Shreyas Iyer was dismissed cheaply once again after playing some good shots. The England bowlers once again trapped him on the slammed ball.
Jasprit Bumrah’s over, which changed the course of the match, pushed England on the back foot
Pant meanwhile completed his half-century and became the first Indian wicket-keeper batsman to score a century and a half-century in a Test on foreign soil. After hitting Jack Leach for a four, Pant played reverse pool in the next over but was caught by Root at first slip. There was no significant contribution from the tail batsmen. After lunch, Ben Stokes took three wickets to bundle India’s innings for 245 runs.