Ind v Eng – Fifth Test – Day 4 Review

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Day 1 – England 284/4 (90 Overs)

Day 2 – England 1st Inns 477/10 (157.2 Overs) – Added 193/6 in 67.2 Overs to the overnight score

India 1st Inns – 60/0 (20 Overs) – Trail by 417 runs

Day 3 – India 1st Inns 391/4 (108 Overs) – Added 331/4 in 88 Overs to the overnight score

Day 4 – India 1st Inns 759/7d (190.4) – Added 368/3 in 82.4 Overs to the overnight score

India 1st Inns – Lead by 282 runs

England 1st Inns 12/0 (5 Overs) – Trail by 270 runs

India Vs England day 4 Review

Karun Nair and Vijay started off India’s proceeding on day 4 and gave a sublime start. Nair, on 71 overnight, brought up his maiden half century yesterday to help India inch closer to England’s score of 477. But runs did not come easily for India, India scored at 2.67 runs per over in session 1, compared to 4.04 on day three. By the end of 1st session, India were still 14 runs behind England’s 1st innings score.

India’s Batting in the 1st session – Day 3 v Day 4

England took only one wicket in the first session, Liam Dawson picking up his maiden test wicket trapping Murali Vijay in front of the wicket. Dawson bowled a delivery at 79 kmph which turn away from Vijay and he followed it up 85 kmph, making the ball go straight into Vijay’s pads, trapped for LBW. Vijay consulted Nair and went for a review, unfortunately it was turned down.

A lot was happening for England without any real result, the only bowler who was bowling accurately for England was Liam Dawson. With the lead spinners conceding over four runs per over, Cook had to bowl Dawson unchanged from one end in the first session, and only used Rashid for an over before lunch.

Nair and R Ashwin consolidated India’s innings and added 181 runs for the 6th wicket. Both ensured India did not lose any further casualties after the lunch break and also upped India’s scoring rate in that session. Both added 119 runs at the rate of 3.97 RPO in the second session.

Highest 6th wicket partnership for India against England – in Tests

They nullified India’s deficit of 42 runs and converted into a lead of 139, after which Ashwin got out. During the course of the innings Ashwin became the first player in 25 years to have scored 250 runs and 25+ wickets in a Test series.

List of players to score 300+ runs and take 25+ wickets in a series

Ashwin’s wicket paved way for Jadeja, who switched gears as soon as he came to crease and went for quick runs. In no time, Karun Nair and Jadeja added a century run stand for the 7th wicket.  Both helped India set their best score in an innings in test history, going past the 726 scored against Sri Lanka in 2009.

Jadeja – Nair partnership for the 7th wicket

India’s best player of the day without doubt has to go to Karun Nair for the flawless innings he played on his way to his triple century. Nair paced his innings with impeccable perfection and played exactly according to the demands of the team in each of the sessions. Nair walked back in to bat after tea at 195 and went on to add 108 runs at a strike rate of 138.5, to bring up his double and triple hundred within a span of 2 hours.

Karun Nair Session Wise

He is the 2nd Indian to have scored a triple century in tests after Sehwag, who has done it twice, with one of them coming in Chepauk. He is the one amongst the three players to have converted their maiden hundred into a triple century and is the sixth youngest to do so in tests.

India’s to have scored triple century in tests

India declared after Nair’s triple century with a lead of 282 runs. England came into to bat for 5 overs and ended the day at 12/0. One full day of cricket left, only two possible outcomes is likely, an India win or a draw.

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