England have to come back tomorrow and put runs on board. It will be an interesting 5th day of the 1st test match between India vs England. Hameed batted really well, there were some close calls but India were unable to get wickets on the 4th day of the test match. One Indian LBW review was turned down as well. 19 year old Hameed was the star of the day, with his family in the stands.
Indians will look back on their batting performance. The first three batsman gave a great start but other than Aswhin, no one made a big contribution. Sourav Ganguly has predicted a draw on cricinfo, he feels that Cook will not declare before 300, which will take a lot of time. English batsman need to get over 150 runs in first session, to get a good 300+ target to India. If that happens, it is upto India, if they try to draw or push the envelope and try to win the test match. Whatever happens, it is going to be a great 5th day of the first test match.
Kohli, Rahane and Jadeja failed to make an impact with the bat. England pacers bowled better than Indian pacers, and Adil Rashid showed lot of class to get 4 wickets. England are in a dominating position and they should ideally go for some quick runs in the first session. It needs to be seen how aggressive Cook’s approach is going to be. India is a strong batting unit and are capable of getting 300 runs in 50-60 overs. England will need at least 50-60 overs to bowl India out.
Fourth day in the first test match belonged to England. They bowled well, and they batted well – Cook and Hameed remained unbeaten till the end of the play, with England at 114 for no loss. Earlier in the day, Ashwin showed heroics with the bat, and got 70 runs for India.
India will resume on Day 4 in Rajkot and hope to build on the strong platform provided by Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara in the first Test. Virat Kohli will be taking the crease along with Ajinkya Rahane. India finished Day 3 at 319-4.
India’s excellent start to their innings helped them reply strongly to England’s score of 537 in first innings of the first Test in Rajkot. Vijay and Pujara scored centuries to help India be the match. While Pujara played aggressive brand of cricket to score his ninth Test ton, Vijay took the slower route to his seventh Test century. Both shared a 209-run stand for the second wicket.
But England pulled things back with two late wickets on the day, getting Vijay and Amit Mishra. The two wickets left the match evenly poised and India need to rebuild their innings as they are still 218 runs behind England’s first innings score.
England openers Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hammed give their team a perfect start as they near a 100-run partnership in the second innings of the first Test against India in Rajkot. This is after the bowlers came up with with an inspiring performance to bowl out India for 488 runs in the first innings. This secured a 49-run lead for the visitors. Adil Rashid was the star bowler for them as he took four wickets for 114 runs. For India, R Ashwin played a valuable knock of 70 runs to help his team reduce the deficit. He was the final man to fall at the stroke of Tea on fourth day. A result in the match looks highly unlikely as only one day is left to play.
England overall had a good day and India needs to take some wickets. Ashwin is not able to trouble the english batsmen. Amit Mishra needs to be given this end, and make a change in the match. The pace at which English bowlers bowled, they got more out of the surface than the Indian bowlers. England is scoring at a good pace, which can be a worry for Indians. Alastair Cook is playing spin well, and is now on 44. On the other end Hameed is looking good at 59.
At 4:46 PM, England is 110 for no loss, in a strong position. 2 overs to go in the day, India were looking at early wickets but nothing has worked out as yet. Jadeja is back into the attack and hoping to hit some foot marks. It is maiden over by Jadeja, and England is still 110 for no loss. This session is going England’s way – last over of the day coming up. England now 112 for no loss, Hameed and Cook are playing well.
England staying strong with 2 balls to go in last over of the day. Last ball to come, Cook will not be able to complete his 50 today. Superb last ball by Amit Mishra, but still no wicket for India. England has batted really well, especially Hameed making a solid debut, still not out on 62. England’s total lead is now 163. Rashid got 4 wickets earlier in the day. Adil Rashid is being interviewed, he is talking about the help he got from Saqlain Mushtaq.