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India vs England 1st Test Day 4 Highlights: IND need 381 runs on final day

India vs England (IND vs ENG) 1st Test Day 4 Highlights: After scoring 178 in their second innings, England set a mammoth target of 420 for India in the opening Test in Chennai.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: February 8, 2021 5:28:15 pm
India vs England (IND vs ENG) 1st Test Day 4 Highlights.

India vs England (IND vs ENG) 1st Test Day 4 Highlights: India ended the final day of the first Test against England on 39/1, chasing a mammoth target of 420 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

After England had posted a mammoth 578 in their first innings, India managed to score 337 in their first innings despite valiant knocks from Rishabh Pant (91) and Washington Sundar (85*). Despite having a lead of 241 runs, visiting skipper Joe Root chose not to enforce follow-on and sent his team out to bat. Ravichandran Ashwin pulled the rabbit out of the hat for India as his impressive 6/61 bundled England for 178.

India v England Test Series 2021

1st Test, MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, 05 Feb, 2021

IND 337 / 10 (95.5)


ENG 578 / 10 (190.1)

IND 192 / 10 (58.1)

2nd Inn

ENG 178 / 10 (46.3)

Ishant Sharma5 15
Jofra Archer9.1 23 1
Jack Leach26.0 76 4

England win by 227 runs

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India vs England (IND vs ENG) 1st Test Day 4 Highlights:

17:04 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Stumps on Day 4 - India 39/1, need 381 more to win

Bess is brought into the attack with a little more than 5 minutes left in the day. Spin from either end to end the day. At the end of Day 4, India are 39/1. On Day 5, England will need 9 wickets to win, India will need 381 runs.

16:51 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Pujara, Gill consolidate

Pujara, who has joined Gill, begins his innings with a flash of the bat against Leach for four, but is circumspect otherwise. With minutes left to end of day, any small mistake now will have big implications. India bowled just 25 overs in the second session on day four, so not many of the 8 overs left in the day will be possible.

IND 34/1

16:37 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Rohit out

Rohit smashes Archer around for a four and a six. But then England get what they wanted late on Day 5. Rohit Sharma is bowled over by Leach, the ball turning past his forward defensive push. He goes for 12. Pujara comes in at 3.

IND 29/1

16:23 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Gill attacks Leach

England begin their attack with Archer and Leach, who had a big impact earlier today but was carted around for runs by Pant yesterday. Gill flicks Leach for four, but they are only scoring shots in the first 3 overs. In the 4th over, Gill attacks Leach again. Again, a four to deep midwicket.

IND 8/0

16:19 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Gill, Rohit begin Indian 4th innings

The final innings starts with around 45 minutes left on Day 4. 

16:01 (IST)08 Feb 2021
India need 420 runs to win opening Test

Done and dusted! Undoubtedly India would have wanted the visitors to keep on batting in order to save the match but they have shown some fight. Ashwin finishes with an impressive 6/61 and dooms England to 178-all out. 17 overs left in the day...

15:47 (IST)08 Feb 2021

India are dragging England through a world of hurt now! Ashwin bags his fourth wicket of the day as he removes Bess from the middle with a brilliant delivery. LBW! Not even a review could save the England spinner. ENG: 167/8 (43 overs), lead by 408 runs

15:39 (IST)08 Feb 2021

That's a big wicket! Buttler charges ahead hoping to get a big shot, misses and he gets stumped by Pant! Nadeem gets his second wicket of the innings... meanwhile, Jofra Archer comes on next to bat for the visitors. ENG: 165/7 (41.2 overs), lead by 406 runs

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15:19 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Bess, Buttler hold on against defiant hosts

30 overs left on the fourth day, and India will look to wrap things up today itself. Although Bess (12*) and Buttler (19*) have survived for more than half-an-hour now, it is India who are on the frontfoot in Chennai. England lead by 387 runs. ENG: 146/6 (36 overs)

14:41 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Pope falls

Pope, who was only dealing in reverse sweeps against Nadeem, falls in the process. One of his shots go straight to the fielder at midwicket. Pope falls for an attacking 28.

ENG 130/6, lead by 371

14:33 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Third session

Buttler and Pope resume batting for England in the evening session. Bumrah starts proceedings for India. He starts with a wide delivery, which Pope slashes through the covers for four. England want to move this game along in ODI pace now. India can only wait and watch for the declaration.

ENG 123/5

14:12 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Tea - England 119/5

Buttler smashes a six against Nadeem, signalling England are going for the kill. When will they declare, and how will the pitch change, are the two big questions that remain. Pope and Buttler the unbeaten batsmen for the visitors. They go into the break at the end of the afternoon session at 119/5, leading by 360 runs.

13:56 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Bumrah gets Root

Bumrah does get his man eventually. Again the ball jags back in but this time it stays low on Root and the skipper does not bother Reviewing. Jos Buttler joins Pope. The fifth England wicket falls.

ENG 105/5, lead by 346

13:43 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Bumrah introduced in 22nd over

Bumrah introduced for the first time in the second innings in the 22nd over. And he starts off with a no ball. And a boundary off the no ball to boot. A few balls later, he gets a ball to jag back into Root's pads. The umpire is unmoved, but Bumrah is sure he has got his man. India go for the Review. And lose it, the ball would have missed leg stump.

ENG 91/4

13:38 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Ashwin picks up a third wicket

Ashwin picks up Stokes! The offie doing all the damage for India in the second innings. Gets Stokes to edge through to the keeper. Ollie Pope has joined Root, with both batsmen still going for their shots. 

ENG 84/4

13:06 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Ishant Sharma takes wicket number 300

Wicket! Test wickdt number 300 for Ishant Sharma. Lawrence has been given out LBW. He Reviews, hoping for an inside edge, but replays show the bat will not save him. Lawrence is out for 18. Ishant joins Kapil Dev and Zaheer Khan to reach 300.

ENG 58/3

India's 300-wicket club in Tests
619 Anil Kumble
434 Kapil Dev
417 Harbhajan Singh
379 R Ashwin
311 Zaheer Khan
300 Ishant Sharma

13:03 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Warning for Lawrence

Root for a swept four again, against Ashwin this time. The skipper is batting at a strike rate of close to 200 now. And that's a first warning for Lawrence for running on the pitch. A second offence will see five penalty runs against England.

ENG 58/2

12:51 (IST)08 Feb 2021
First over of seam in 14th over

Root gets his first runs with a sweep for four against Nadeem. Two balls later, he does it again - another four. Lawrence is also using his feet a lot more to meet the spinners. India go to Ishant in the 14th over, Nadeem's spell is done. 

ENG 43/2

12:44 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Ashwin strikes again

Ashwin gets another scalp. Sibley, the other opener, falls this time. An inside edge flies off, Pujara takes a reflex catch. Joe Root comes in at 4.

ENG 32/2

12:40 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Sibley, Lawrence smother turn

Lawrence and Sibley look to negate the turn more than anything else, both batsmen playing on the front foot and smothering the ball. The no ball horror show continues for India though, another couple of no balls bowled by the spinners.

ENG 27/1 after 10

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First published on: 08-02-2021 at 08:00:06 am