England need 291 more runs on day five of fourth Test to complete record chase and take 2-1 lead

England closes the fourth day of the fourth round with 77-0 and chases the record of 368 to win; hosts aiming to surpass the 362 they achieved at Headingley in 2019 when Ben Stokes stunned Australia; India scored 466 in the second inning as Shardul Thakur leads the lower-order rally; Watch the fifth day from 10.15am, Monday, SS Cricket

England need 291 more races on Day 5 to complete their record 368 Test chase and take a 2-1 series lead over India after making a steady start on Night 4 in the Kia Oval.

Starters Haseeb Hameed (43rd) and Rory Burns (31st) led the hosts to 77-0 from 32 overs on stumps to raise hopes of an unlikely victory, although a draw, followed by an India win, is the most likely result. probable.

India had previously rallied from 312-6 to 466 with everything in their second inning, with number 8 hitter Shardul Thakur (60 of 72 balls) frustrating England with a 50 second of the game in South London.

India led by just 213 once Virat Kohli (44) was the sixth man eliminated, but Thakur and Rishabh Pant (50 of 106) shared a position a century before the tailenders Umesh Yadav (25 of 23) and Jasprit Bumrah ( 24 of 38) made swashbuckling cameos. as tourists racked up 154 ​​races for their last four wickets.

Thakur also proved to be England’s nemesis with the bat in the opening innings, with his 57 of 36 balls lifting India from 127-7 to 191 and his runs on both strokes could prove crucial Monday night.

England need to surpass the 362 they achieved at Emerald Headingley in the Ashes of 2019 when Ben Stokes scored a remarkable 135 unbeaten in a one-ground win over Australia.

England don’t have Stokes this time around, the all-rounder is still taking a break from the game to prioritize their mental well-being, but they have a positive start, Joe Root to come, an extremely flat oval surface underfoot and no Ravichandran Ashwin to deal with. .

The most successful test chase at The Oval is the 263-9 England scored against Australia in 1902, while only four times in first-class history on the field has a side chased more than 350 in the fourth inning.

In this field, however, there is a possibility.

Chris Woakes (3-83) gave England a pick-me-up on the fourth morning with lands in his first two overs after James Anderson (1-79) and Ollie Robinson (2-105) had plugged without success for 45 minutes.

Woakes caught Ravindra Jadeja’s (17) leg earlier with his second delivery, which ended with a 59-run stoppage with Kohli for India’s fourth wicket, then similarly fired Ajinkya Rahane (0) with his 10th, after having seen the latter successfully void an lbw call some deliveries earlier.

England had tail up at 293-6 and even more so when Kohli slashed Moeen with Craig Overton in a slip as his run without a ton of proof stretched to 21 strokes, by far the longest and most sterile stretch of his career: India He was reeling, but Pant, Thakur, Umesh, and Bumrah joined in.

Thakur was the aggressor in his association with Pant, hitting seven fours and six on his way to a fifty-of-65-ball, by no means slow, but 34 deliveries slower than his 31-ball effort in the first time, which is half a century. faster. sometime in a test match in England.

Pant’s fifty came from 105 balls, but it should have been exhausted at 37 after a mix-up with Thakur, only for Moeen to miss with his shy on the stumps at the wicketkeeper’s end and Hameed then to miss while backing away with Pant still well underneath. of your fold.

Root turned to closers Anderson and Robinson in the search for ground, but it was then he and his partner Moeen who eliminated the hitters from the India set in the space of five deliveries: Thakur outplayed Root behind Overton and Pant hitting directly at Moeen.

India still added 52 more runs from that point, with Bumrah firing four fours and Umesh two sixes and four against an increasingly tired England attack before being surprised by Woakes and Overton respectively after tea.

India, however, created little with the ball at the end of the fourth day.

There was a temporary thrill when Kohli’s men thought left arm spinner Jadeja might have caught Hameed at a silly spot with his boot, but replays soon showed the ball had hit the ground.

Later an lbw review against the same hitter was to no avail with Mohammed Siraj delivering ready to bounce off the stumps.

Watch the fifth day of the fourth test between England and India live on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event starting at 10.15am on Monday.

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