The fourth day of The Oval Test between India and England saw some good batting display. If it was Indian batsmen who stole the show in the first two sessions, England openers remained unbeaten in the final session to take their team to the stumps without unscathed.
Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja were the overnight batsmen for India and they shared a 50-plus partnership for the fourth wicket. Chris Woakes turned the game by dismissing Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane in quick succession.
Virat Kohli, however, was batting brilliantly until he edged Moeen Ali to the first slip for 44. Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur, then, combined to take India to the safe waters by adding 100 runs for the seventh wicket. Both batsmen notched up their respective fifties and got out very soon.
By then, India had taken their lead past 300 but England weren’t able to dismiss the tailenders of India. Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav did manage to score some vital runs and took the Indian total to 466. They set England a target of 367 in the remaining time.
England openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed batted cautiously at the beginning and started playing shots after setting their eyes in. Both batsmen didn’t play false shots and kept the Indian bowlers at bay.
Burns (31) and Hameed (43) added 77 runs in 32 over when the stumps was called by the umpired. England need to score 291 runs in the remaining three sessions or play out the 90 overs. India, on the other hand, need Ravindra Jadeja to play a match-defining role on the final day of The Oval Test.
See how Twitter reacted to this game;
— DK (@DineshKarthik) September 5, 2021
Subcontinent players with 1000+ Test runs both in Australia and England:
Sachin Tendulkar (1809 & 1575)
Rahul Dravid (1143 & 1376)
Virat Kohli (1352 & 1002*)
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) September 5, 2021
Brilliant effort from the lower middle order to get India to 466 . @imShard has been simply wonderful with the bat.
Steady start for England and 291 for them to get on the final day. Should be a fantastic day of Test Cricket.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) September 5, 2021
Shardul Thakur (57 & 50*) has now become the only sixth batsman in Test history to make fifty-plus scores in each innings of a Test match while batting at #8.
Two other Indians Harbhajan Singh and Wriddiman Saha have also managed to do this.#INDvsEND #IndvEng#ENGvIND #EngvsInd
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 5, 2021
Since the start of 2020, there have been 31 batsmen to face 1000+ balls in Test cricket. Only one (Joshua da Silva) averages less than Ajinkya Rahane. #ENGvIND
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) September 5, 2021
Like I had said earlier, Rohit has taken his batting a notch higher ⬆️ in this series & has looked amongst the most comfortable batsmen at the crease.
And with Pujara, I have always believed in him to come good. pic.twitter.com/mcxOdw5cyZ
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 5, 2021
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) September 5, 2021
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) September 5, 2021