England seemed to be going well on Day 4 until they lost captain Alastair Cook on the very last ball of Day 4. Cook and Haseeb Hameed held up the England innings in the second session and went on to put up an opening partnership of 75 runs. Overall, it was a good day for England as they managed to dismiss India before and managed to not lose a single wicket before tea.
The first breakthrough for India came in the form of Haseeb Hameed. Ashwin was the man who took the wicket and Cook was joined by Root in the middle. The two held on through in the third session during which Cook got his half centuries. The fact that he took more than 170 balls to get to it shows the resilience with which he played his knock. But it was broken on the final ball of the day.
Jadeja was up as soon as the ball hit the pad and the umpire’s finger went up soon enough. Cook asked for a review. The replay showed that the ball had missed the inside edge and went straight for the pad. The impact showed that Cook was plumb. It was a great knock from the England captain but he would have hoped that he held on for Day 5. Virat Kohli couldn’t have asked for a better time to get a wicket.
Overall, it turned out to be a good day for the visitors but the last session was one that had something for both sides. India still hold the edge because of the mammoth total that they have for the England batsman to chase. They now have their task cut out, bowl out England on Day 5 and take the lead in the series.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the day’s play:
In 25 matches in Asia, Cook has twenty 50+ scores. No one has been more consistent & successful. Cook ने दिया bowlers को दुखः 😉🙏
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 20 November 2016
Cook’s wicket in last over swings game massively India’s way. Massive blow for England
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) 20 November 2016
This has been a grt exhibition by Eng so far.40ovrs without a wkt.
Whatever d result,Eng nt going to b as easy to defeat as others#IndvsEng
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) 20 November 2016
Very impressed with the way Hameed has batted so far in this innings👌Excellent exhibition of skill, temperament &maturity👍 #INDvENG
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) 20 November 2016
India have their task cut out for Day 5, bowl out England and take the lead in the series.