England openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed started cautiously after India set a goal of 368 runs on day 4 of the running fourth Test at Kennington Oval in London. Burns and Hameed put up 77 runs for the first wicket in 32 overs, which still needs 291 runs to win the match.
As expected, versatile Ravindra Jadeja scored a maximum of 13 overs in the last session, but could not score a wicket. Jadeja tried to investigate the rough point, but a lack of accuracy kept English batsmen going. Jaddu conceded 28 runs and bowled four girls.
Team India used to dominate the proceedings, especially with their lower middle order. Captain Virat Kohli looks good but misses his six fifty in this series by six runs after scoring a wicket Moeen Ali to slip first with 44 runs.
After the dismissal of Kohli, the Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh pants and first innings star Shardul Thakur decided to give their side great support. The pair formed an important 100-run partnership for the seventh wicket to maintain momentum among the visitors.
Thakur continued from where he left off in the first innings and hit another half-century in the game. Likewise, Pant also looked in a good run, giving hints of his return when he hit an important fifty. England captain Joe Root broke off the partnership by dismissing Thakur for 60 runs, and soon Moeen removed Pant to bring England back into the match.
However, the touring team made a comeback again as their tailmen stood tall and made some valuable runs in the queue to take the total of the team to 466 runs before they could score anything. Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah scored 25 and 24 runs respectively, as India gave 368 runs for England to win the match.
Here’s how Twitter responded:
What a Test match .. Real chance for both teams to win .. If Ashwin plays, England had no chance .. Without them definitely having a chance .. What a BIG Test series it was .. !! #ENGvIND
– Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 5 September 2021
These are stumps on day 4 of the oval test!
See you all tomorrow for a fascinating day 5.
– BCCI (@BCCI) 5 September 2021
– SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 5 September 2021
This is the first time that 6 or more Indian players have scored 40+ runs in their second innings of a Test match.
– Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) 5 September 2021
Shardul Thakur becomes the fourth Indian number 8 or lower to score 50+ in both innings of a Test match.
Only Harbhajan, Bhuvi Kumar and Saha (which is not a true 8).
– Geoff Lemon Sport (@GeoffLemonSport) 5 September 2021
India bowled out for 466, and the last four wickets have caused England so much pain that it could hurt them too while batting. Otherwise, the match was beautifully set up: 367 to win England, 10 wickets for India to win, with enough overs for both sides
– Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) 5 September 2021
After day 4 of the 4th Test with series at 1-1, this test is even. All results are possible on Day 5. What a gripping test series! Test series are such a brilliant format. Long live Test cricket
– Sarang Bhalerao (bhaleraosarang) 5 September 2021
Jasprit Bumrah, the leader of the bowling attack, talks to his colleagues as India walks away. Lots of attention to Jadeja’s role, but it may very well come to Bumrah & Co to find ways to win this test for their team #EngvIND pic.twitter.com/CNDakvDZXL
– Bharat Sundaresan (@ beastieboy07) 5 September 2021
What a test this one seems to be. Still feel that India should be able to win, but the last day will be how patient you are #INDvENG
– Vikrant Gupta (@ vikrantgupta73) 5 September 2021
What a day at The Oval. Tomorrow should be special. #ENGvIND
– Neal Foulds (@ fouldsy147) 5 September 2021
Stumps on day 4:
– England need 291 runs.
– India needs 10 wickets.
An exciting day on cards at Oval on day five for all cricket fans.
– Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) 5 September 2021
England started their innings strong with Haseeb & Burns coming on day 4 at 77-0 on stumps
England need 291 to win, India need 10 wickets
Which way is it going? #ENGvIND
– ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) 5 September 2021