India started their day on 169-4 and needed to set England a fighting total. Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s exertion helped India to reach 342-10 in their2nd innings with deficit of 24 runs England were set a target of 319 runs. With assistance from pitch India are sitting comfortably as England in their 2nd innings are 105-4and still need more 214 runs to win. In case you missed the action on fourth day here are five interesting highlights of the day’s play.
MS Dhoni & Stuart Binny depart early: Captain MS Dhoni, after playing a waiting game lost his wicket to Liam Plunkett. His 86-ball stay for 19 runs meant India went past 200-run mark and produced some sort of resistance. After his wicket Stuart Binny walked in ahead of Ravindra Jadeja, but the newcomer disappointed when he charged down against Moeen Ali only to loft ball high in the air, Alistair Cook ran backwards and completed the catch. Two quick wickets pegged India back.
Murali Vijay misses ton: Murali Vijay stayed firm throughout his innings and guided India to a fighting score. He once again looked comfortable than rest of his colleagues, but once England took the second new ball, he was soon victim of James Anderson. Vijay on 95 tried to nudge a short of length delivery but edged it to keeper, thus ending his resilient knock and missing his ton by five runs.
Ravindra Jadeja & Bhuvneshwar Kumar take charge: India’s lead was only 211 when Bhuvneshwar Kumar joined Ravindra Jadeja. The two especially Jadeja played exquisite shots and piled up quick runs. Jadeja smashed his maiden half-century off just 42 balls and continued to make merry while Bhuvi once again played like a regular batsman. The duo added 99 runs for the 8th wicket before Jadeja was caught off Ben Stokes. Bhuvi was the last Indian wicket to fell but he had already scored his third fifty of the series and career.
Ravindra Jadeja strikes:Chasing 319 England began on a shaky note. Dhoni brought spinner Jadeja very early in sixth overand that move paid off. Sam Robson was trapped in front of the wicket off the Jadeja’s first ball and England went into tea break with one wicket down.
Mohammad Shami & Ishant Sharma put India on top: Alistair Cook and Gary Ballance led England fight back after losing opener Robson early, but both batsmen lived dangerously. Dhoni who kept implementing bowling changes brought Shami back into the attack and on first ball he had Ballance caught behind, ending 58-run stand between him and Cook. Ishant then from other hand scalped two wickets, he dismissed Ian Bell and Cook in his consecutive overs to dent England and put India on top.