Highlights: Losing three crucial wickets at the end of the day for England brought India back in the running for the fourth test in the ongoing series. While India’s batting order continues to struggle, a 191 was a remarkable improvement from the 78 in the last game.
The pacers however did not disappoint as Joe Root’s dismissal helped them end the day on a high note. The England captain got out on an Umesh Yadav nip backer, a delivery that bends the right handed batsman off the seam.
England lost the other two crucial wickets of Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed to Jasprit Bumrah, making the team end the day at 53/3, trailing the scorecard by 138 runs. Although the day ended on a high note for India, the batting order collapsed early on in the game.
England dominated the first two sessions of the game with wickets falling like the house of cards. Other than Kohli’s 50, the top order did not survive the opposition’s bowling attack. However the lower- middle order saw Shadrul Thakur as their knight in shining armour.
The British bowlers found themselves at the receiving end of Thakur’s blistering half-century, in just 36 balls, that helped India post a decent scorecard, taking it from a debilitating 127/7 to a 191.
Kohli was the only other batsman who was able to counter England’s length-choke. His command on the field forced Anderson and the other british bowlers to bowl fuller lengths, giving him the upper hand to score a half-century in 85 balls, hitting eight fours.
Pacer Chris Woakes was the shining star for England as his fierce attack on the top and middle order took down four wickets early on in the game, that was until Thakur stole the show. However the likes of KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane failed to make an impact.