Once again the Indian bowlers, the spinners, in particular, had the upper hand on the England batting line-up after Joe Root won the toss and unhesitantly decided to bat first. Root would have hoped for a decent, if not good, first-innings total on a pitch that was significantly better for batting than the one in the third Test. However, it wasn’t to be.
Axar Patel, who has three 5-fors in three consecutive innings prior to this Test, continued from where he left in the previous Test by dismissing both the openers. Things got worse for England as Mohammed Sirah removed Joe Root while the team’s total was still 30.
Ben Stokes etched out a fantastic half-century with support from Jonny Bairstow and Ollie Pope – all three batsmen were dismissed after lunch.
Englan stared down another below 200 scores, but Daniel Lawrence, who was brought back into the side in place of a bowler to add batting depth, denied it with his attacking 46. The Three Lions’ innings perished for a total of 205 – their first score of more than 200 since the first innings of the opening Test in Chennai.
For India, Axar Patel was the pick of the bowlers once again with 4 scalps to his name, 3 for R Ashwin, 2 for Siraj, and 1 for Washington Sundar. India lost Shubman Gill for a duck in the opening over to James Anderson, but Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara saw them home without any further damage. India trail by 181 runs and would look to bat big in tomorrow.
England with the bat were very very average: Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan, who has been plenty active on Twitter of late, lauded the Indian bowlers for another dominant show with the ball at home. The 46-year-old, who has been constantly criticizing the pitches in the last couple of Tests, lamented on the poor batting display by Joe Root’s side.
Michael Vaughan opines that the hosts completely outplayed the visitors, as Virat Kohli’s side moves towards another series victory and the final of the World Test Championship.
“India today with the ball showed why they are so good in these conditions … Pitch did very little for 60 overs and they completely out skilled & out thought England … !! High class … England with the Bat were very very average … #INDvENG” tweeted Michael Vaughan.
India today with the ball showed why they are so good in these conditions … Pitch did very little for 60 overs and they completely out skilled & out thought England … !! High class … England with the Bat were very very average … #INDvENG
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 4, 2021