Thakur, Pant help India set huge target before England’s openers fight back

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Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed held steadfast connected Sunday to springiness England anticipation of a record-breaking triumph successful the 4th Test against India astatine the Oval.

England were 77/0 astatine the adjacent of the 4th day, needing a further 291 runs to scope a daunting people of 368 aft India had piled up 466 successful their 2nd innings, with Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur sharing a basal of precisely 100.

As it happened: England vs India – time 4 of the 4th Test astatine The Oval

But England left-hander Rory Burns was 31 not retired connected his Surrey location crushed and chap opener Hameed unbeaten connected 43 to acceptable up a tantalising decorativeness with this five-match bid already intriguingly poised astatine 1-1.

India were incapable to breakthrough aft they had again near retired prima off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, a bowler with 413 Test wickets to his recognition but yet to diagnostic this series, connected an Oval transportation renowned for taking crook precocious successful the game.

Even so, the likelihood were inactive successful India’s favour.

The astir England person made much to triumph successful the 4th innings of a Test is 362-9, requiring 359, against Australia astatine Headingley successful 2019.

But Ben Stokes, whose unbeaten period saw England to that thrilling one-wicket triumph 2 years ago, is not playing successful this bid portion the all-rounder takes a intelligence wellness interruption from each cricket.

No squad person made much to triumph successful the 4th innings of a Test astatine the Oval than England’s 263-9 against Australia backmost successful 1902.

When India skipper Virat Kohli was retired for 44 earlier luncheon his broadside were 312-6, a steadfast but not unassailable pb of 213 runs.

Pant (50) and Thakur (60), however, shared a concern of 100 successful conscionable 155 balls.

For Thakur, acceptable pursuing a hamstring wounded that had kept him retired since the drawn archetypal Test successful Nottingham, it was his 2nd 50 of the lucifer pursuing his 57 successful India’s first-innings 191.

Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah piled connected the runs connected a sunny day successful an innings that saw England walk implicit 11, energy-sapping, hours successful the field.

Thakur was particularly terrible connected a tiring gait onslaught with left-hander Pant, who’d truthful often fixed his wicket distant this series, sensibly playing himself successful earlier going for his shots.

Even James Anderson, Test cricket’s astir palmy accelerated bowler, was made to look each 1 of his 39 years erstwhile Thakur hoisted him done heavy midwicket, with the shot nary longer deviating successful the aerial oregon disconnected the pitch.

Such was Thakur’s command, helium drove an Ollie Robinson slower shot precocious implicit long-on for six.

England’s plight successful the tract was summed up when, with India 376-6, Pant was sent backmost by Thakur aft going for a needlessly risky azygous connected 37 lone for Moeen to miss with a shy astatine the stumps from midwicket with Hameed, who fumbled the return, besides failing to tally him out.

Run-spree

Thakur’s 3rd 50 successful 4 Tests came successful conscionable 65 balls, including 5 fours.

England skipper Joe Root yet ended the basal erstwhile Thakur edged the occasional off-spinner to Craig Overton astatine slip.

Meanwhile, wicketkeeper Pant’s 106-ball innings, which included 4 fours, ended erstwhile helium gave a instrumentality drawback to frontline off-spinner Moeen from a hard-hit drive.

Yadav, however, deed 2 sixes earlier helium was past antheral retired for 25.

Despite the run-spree Chris Woakes, playing his archetypal Test successful implicit a year, took an economical 3-83 successful 32 overs to spell with the paceman’s 4-55 successful India’s archetypal innings.

The Warwickshire all-rounder besides made 50 successful England’s first-innings 290.

India resumed Sunday connected 270-3, a pb of 171 runs.

Rohit Sharma had led the mode with 127, his archetypal overseas Test century, aft being missed doubly successful the slips and with Cheteshwar Pujara (61) helium frustrated England during a second-wicket concern of 153.

But Woakes reduced India to 296-5 with a burst of 2-0 successful 9 balls arsenic helium had some Ravindra Jadeja (17) and the struggling Ajinkya Rahane (0) lbw.

Kohli was successful good interaction until caught astatine gaffe disconnected Moeen – his 21st successive Test innings without a hundred.

India caput manager Ravi Shastri was incapable to ticker Sunday’s proceedings astatine the Oval, having been forced to stay successful the squad edifice aft investigating affirmative for Covid-19 precocious Saturday.

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