The 4th test between India and England has become quite interesting due to its effect on the World Test Championship cycle and sentiment associated with the fans. The Indian team are all charged up to beat the home team to gain an early advantage in the WTC 2021-23 Cycle.
The Indian team’s next away tours will be in South Africa and Bangladesh, which will be comparatively less competitive. While, England team who failed to qualify for the WTC Final in the last cycle are inspired to do well in their home series.
The Indian team were struggling at 122/6 until the end of 2nd session, and needed a spark to give confidence to rest of the team. The bowler Shardul Thakur has been a revelation for the Indian team in the batting department. He averages 42 in 4 Test match appearances and led the fightback for the Indian team in the 3rd session. Thakur scored quickfire 57 off 36 balls to help the team in posting a respectable total of 190, that provided a momentum.
The England team looked out of sorts in the final session of 4th Test on Day 1. The innings from Shardul Thakur lead the way for Indian team going with confidence after the end of their innings.
The England team lost 2 wickets in quick succession in the first 4 overs, with Bumrah picking out Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed who scored half centuries in the 3rd Test.
Then, Malan and Root stitched a partnership of 46 runs which may turn a saviour for the home team. But, the fantastic in-swing delivery from Umesh Yadav caught the England captain Joe Root off-guard and was dismissed for a score of 21. The game is rightfully open with the main performers of the last test match back to pavilion. It will depend on Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow to perform well and reach as close to the total posted by the Indian team.
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