Twitter Reacts After England Remove Rohit Sharma After Having Set India 420 To Win

Twitter Reacts After England Remove Rohit Sharma After Having Set India 420 To Win

India, England, Rohit Sharma, Jack Leach
Rohit Sharma [Image Credits: Twitter]

England have asserted themselves in complete control of the first Test in Chennai after they removed India’s opener Rohit Sharma in their defense of 420 before Stumps on day 04.

Starting the day at 6/257, Washington Sundar and Ravichandran Ashwin picked up from their left as they took the total past the 300-run mark.

Washington Sundar once again impressed with his brilliant stroke-play. The all-rounder notched up his 2nd half-century in just his 3rd innings and he also became just the 8th Indian batsman to score a 50 in his debut innings both at home and in overseas conditions.

The duo racked up crucial 80 runs for the 7th wicket before Jack Leach removed Ravichandran Ashwin and then Shahbaz Nadeem in quick succession.

Washington Sundar, Sunil Gavaskar
Washington Sundar [Image Credits: Twitter]
Sundar was eventually left stranded for 85 as James Anderson dismissed both Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah to close off India’s innings at 337.

India struck on the very first ball of England’s innings after Ravichandran Ashwin became the 1st spinner in over 100 years to claim a wicket on the very first ball of the innings with the dismissal of Rory Burns.

Twitter Reacts After England Remove Rohit Sharma After Having Set India 420 To Win
Ravichandran Ashwin and Virat Kohli [Image Credits: Twitter]
Ashwin came back after the Lunch break to claim two more wickets in the form of Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes.

Joe Root came out with a clear intent of pushing along the scoring rate after a sedate start. The English captain employed the sweep to great effect as he stroked boundaries at will against the likes of Ashwin and Nadeem.

India, England
Team India [Image Credits: Twitter]
But the moment was the Lunch session was Ishant Sharma dismissing Dan Lawrence as it made the former only the third Indian seamer and sixth overall to enter the 300 Test wicket club.

Jasprit Bumrah was right on the money barring the first ball which he dished down the leg-side and he was eventually rewarded with the prized scalp of Joe Root after he trapped him plumb in front via a delivery that kept a bit low and reversed a bit.

England’s tactics in the post-Tea session were baffling, to say the least. With so many runs in the bank, neither did they enforce the declaration nor did they try to score runs at a brisk pace.

Twitter Reacts After England Remove Rohit Sharma After Having Set India 420 To Win
Jos Buttler [Image Credits: Twitter]
And, on the odd occasion when they did try to go for big shots, they proceeded to lose wickets as Shahbaz Nadeem claimed the likes of Ollie Pope, who mistimed an attempted reverse-sweep, and Jos Buttler, who missed the ball altogether after he’d danced down the track, giving Rishabh Pant an easy stumping.

Ravichandran Ashwin (6/61) claimed his 4th wicket of the innings when he trapper Dom Bess plumb in front of wickets The legendary off-spinner then proceeded to knock over Jofra Archer before getting Anderson caught & bowled to not only complete his 28th five-wicket haul but also knock over England for 178.

India’s hopes of making a good start to their run-chase of 420 in the fourth innings of the ongoing Test match against England took a body-blow as they lost opener Rohit Sharma in just the 6th over.

Rohit Sharma endured his second failure of the match. The Indian swashbuckling opener had managed a mere six runs in the first innings before he was dismissed by Jofra Archer courtesy of a delivery that bounced appreciably and at pace and the opener could only manage to nick it to keeper Jos Buttler.

Rohit Sharma, Jack Leach
Jack Leach and Joe Root [Image Credits: Twitter]
In the second innings, Rohit took the attack to Archer courtesy of his trademark pull strokes. But just as it looked like the ‘Hitman’ was warming up for a big knock, he was undone by an arm ball by Jack Leach.

The ball pitched on the middle-stump, Rohit played for the line but to his dismay, the ball turned square to knock over his off pole. Pujara and Gill, however, ensured that India did not lose any more wickets before the close of play.

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