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India vs England 4th Test, Day 1 Highlights: IND trail by 181 runs at stumps

India vs England 4th Test, Day 1 Highlights: Virat Kohli’s men need at least a draw to maintain the current 2-1 scoreline to qualify for the World Test Championship final in June.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: March 4, 2021 5:09:01 pm
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India vs England 4th Test, Day 1 Highlights: India were on 24/1 at stumps after England were bowled out for 205 on the first day of the fourth and final Test against India at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

Opting to bat first, England reached 74/3 at lunch on the opening day after losing three quick wickets in the first session. Ben Stokes (55) and Daniel Lawrence (46) led the charge for the visitors in the second and third sessions but Axar Patel (4/68) and Ravichandran Ashwin’s (3/47) combined effort ended England’s misery in their 76th over.

During India’s first innings, James Anderson struck gold on his third ball as he dismissed Shubman Gill for a duck. Rohit Sharma (8*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (15*) guided the hosts over the line by being defiant to the opposition bowling attack.

India v England Test Series 2021

4th Test, Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad, 04 Mar, 2021

IND 365 / 10 (114.4)


ENG 205 / 10 (75.5)

ENG 135 / 10 (54.5)

2nd Inn


James Anderson1 1
Mohammed Siraj4.0 12 0
Axar Patel24.0 48 5

India win by an innings and 25 runs

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India vs England 4th Test Highlights:

16:58 (IST)04 Mar 2021
India trail by 181 runs at stumps!

Rohit (8*) and Pujara (15*) make it to the end of the opening day, leading India to 24/1 after the completion of 12 overs. After being bowled out for 205 earlier, England bounced back with the wicket of Gill on the third ball of India's innings through Anderson. The veteran pacer ends the day on 1/0 with five straight maidens. Can the hosts take a lead tomorrow or will there be a capitulation?

16:26 (IST)04 Mar 2021
India taking it slow and steady

Pujara (0*) holds his ground well alongside Rohit (4*) against the England pacers, Anderson and Stokes. IND: 4/1 (5 overs)

16:06 (IST)04 Mar 2021

Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma open for the hosts, while James Anderson opens the attack. After two fuller deliveries, the veteran pacer gets his reward on the third ball. Gill was too slow to defend the delivery and he gets out on a LBW! IND: 0/1 (0.3 overs)

15:52 (IST)04 Mar 2021
England end first innings on 205-all out

ALL OUT! Ashwin bags the last wicket of Leach and ends the misery of the visiting side, who have been dwindling right from the start. Stokes (55) and Lawrence (46) gave their all but Axar (4/68) and Ashwin (3/47) steal the limelight yet again.

15:45 (IST)04 Mar 2021
Medical Update: Archer's absence, Stokes' stomach problems

Jofra Archer is not playing in the fourth Test match due to his ongoing right elbow issue. The ECB medical team will provide an update in due course. Meanwhile, Ben Stokes has an upset stomach. It is not expected to keep him off the field in the ongoing Test.

15:32 (IST)04 Mar 2021

Double trouble for the visitors! First, Axar scalps the wicket of the settled Lawrence. The batsman tried to go for a big six but he gets dismissed via a caught behind. Three balls later, Bess gets caught between the wickets. Downfall. ENG: 189/9 (71 overs)

15:14 (IST)04 Mar 2021
England lose 7th wicket

R Ashwin got better of Foakes as Ajinkya Rahane took the catch. Floated up outside off stump, Foakes leans forward to defend, but this seemed to have curved away and then just turned enough and he only managed an outside edge to which Rahane was very alert at slip.

15:01 (IST)04 Mar 2021
Ashwin strikes,England six down

Ashwin scalped Oliie Pope's wicket again. A nice catch taken by Shubman Gill. The inside edge hits the back leg and pops to Gill at short leg. 

14:44 (IST)04 Mar 2021
150 up for England

With an unbeaten 33*-run partnership between Ollie Pope (23) and Daniel Lawrence (23), England total has gone past 150 with the loss of 5 wickets. England lost Stokes when the score was 121.

14:17 (IST)04 Mar 2021
Tea break!

India managed to get two wickets after lunch break conceding just 70 runs, making it yet another dominating session for the hosts. After Stokes' dismissal, both Pope (21*) and Lawrence (15*) are standing tall in the middle right now. ENG: 144/5 (56 overs)

13:51 (IST)04 Mar 2021
Lawrence ups the ante with two fours

Lawrence finds his groove early on and smacks Axar for two consecutive boundaries -- the first one down the track and then one through sweeper cover. Him and Pope, both 23, have an immense task ahead of them now on Day 1. ENG: 130/5 (50 overs)

13:41 (IST)04 Mar 2021

The spinners continue to romp on! Sundar scalps the big wicket of Stokes after catching him dead plumb on his back pad between the wickets. Even the batsman knows his fate and he walks off on 55. Daniel Lawrence comes on. ENG: 121/5 (47 overs)

13:33 (IST)04 Mar 2021
Stokes hits 24th Test half-century!

England are taking things a bit slow now, trying to save their wickets considering their condition in the last Test in Motera. Still, the visitors have something to clap about... Stokes (51*) brings up his 24th Test fifty with a brilliant boundary. ENG: 115/4 (45 overs)

13:10 (IST)04 Mar 2021
Stokes, Pope lead visitors over the hundred mark

After a wicketless run of ten overs, Kohli opts for a change. He brings in Washington in place of the in-form Siraj to come up with some magic with the ball. Stokes (40*) is leading the charge for the visitors with Pope (9*) by his side. ENG: 101/4 (40 overs)

12:27 (IST)04 Mar 2021

The growing fourth-wicket partnership is over! Siraj bagged his second wicket of the day after catching Bairstow plumb right down the middle of the wicket. Despite taking a review, the batsman walks off on 28. Next up, Ollie Pope. ENG: 78/4 (29 overs)

12:14 (IST)04 Mar 2021
Second session gets underway!

Ashwin restarts the play with the ball and Stokes (25*) handles it well in the opening four balls taking a single. England have to be careful against the India spinners who previously spelt doom for the visitors in the previous Test. ENG: 75/3 (26 overs)

12:05 (IST)04 Mar 2021
Kohli, Root mark their days with milestones
11:33 (IST)04 Mar 2021
Time for some lunch!

India have started well in the final Test, snatching three wickets in the first session of the match. While Axar scalped two wickets, Siraj contributed with a solitary wicket. Meanwhile, Stokes (24*) and Bairstow (28*) are in the middle. ENG: 74/3 (25 overs)

11:15 (IST)04 Mar 2021
First six of England innings

Ben Stokes hits the first six of England innings that too against R Ashwin. It was down the track and he's lofted him over mid-off. Stokes advancing confidently and making good use of good batting conditions.

11:08 (IST)04 Mar 2021
Stokes-Bairstow in recovery mode

Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow pair is trying to spend some time in the middle after England lost three quick wickets. Recovering from 30-3, both have stitched a small but important partnership of 25* runs. 

Playing XI:

India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj

England: Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes(w), Daniel Lawrence, Dominic Bess, Jack Leach, James Anderson

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