The first three days of the rescheduled fifth Test between England and India saw numerous interventions in the play by rain showers at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
On Day 1, the play of almost an hour and a half was lost owing to the rains and only 73 overs were bowled and India managed to post 338/7 on the board. The second day was horrendous for players from both sides as the game was halted thrice with just 38.5 overs of play possible with India imposing its dominance.
The third day was the best of the three days in terms of the duration of the play with almost 79 overs bowled even though rains interrupted the first session.
How far is England vs India 5th Test been so far?
India posted 416 in the first innings of the rescheduled fifth Test against England in Birmingham thanks to gritty centuries by Rishabh Pant (146) and Ravindra Jadeja (104) and some brisk hitting by stand-in skipper Jasprit Bumrah (31 not out) in the end.
India bowled England out for 284 despite Jonny Bairstow’s counter-attacking innings (106 off 140 balls) on the third day that fetched him his fifth Test hundred this summer. The visitors ended the day with a 257-run lead in the second innings on the back of Cheteshwar Pujara’s calm and composed knock (50*) and Pant (30*) extended his support to the veteran in their 50-run unbeaten partnership.
India started their second innings with Shubman Gill’s dismissal to James Anderson on the third ball. Hanuma Vihari held on the show with Pujara till the tea break. Stuart Broad got the better of Vihari just after the tea break with Kohli coming to the crease.
Kohli played a couple of great cover drives off Broad’s bowling before sending one past mid-off against Anderson. Kohli was stunned by an extra bounced delivery by England skipper Ben Stokes that popped the batter’s gloves with Joe Root, positioned at first slip, was quick enough to complete the spilt catch by Sam Billings. It was the Pujara-Pant pair who stabilised India’s innings on the third day.
IND vs ENG: Birmingham Weather Forecast And Pitch Report On Day 4
According to a report from weather.com, the morning weather touches 61° with partly cloudy and the afternoon weather could go around 65° and the evening conditions will drop to 58°. The wind is moving at 10 mph and humidity records 65%. One can expect rains in the evening time and it is expected the first two sessions might go on without any interruptions.
The pitch on the third day seemed helpful to batters as only eight wickets fell on the day. England batter Jonny Bairstow toyed with the Indian bowling attack.
One can expect a bowling-friendly pitch on Day 4 with the movement of the ball in the early hours of the game. Historically the Edgbaston surface has been good for batters but the pacers too get the support they seek as conditions are conducive for swing.