India Vs England Fifth Test Day 4 Highlights:
∙ England set India a target of 464
∙ They declared their 2nd innings at 423-8
∙ Cook (147) and Root(125) hit centuries for the hosts
∙ India was reeling at 58-3 at the end of day’s play
Coming back to India Vs England Fifth Test Day 4 Highlights , India were left picking up the pieces at the end of Day 4 after a dismal performance saw them staring at the barrel of defeat. A shambolic display on the field has left India with just 7 wickets as they chase a mammoth target of 464 ahead of Day 5.
India’s toothlessness with the ball was surprising on Day 4 in Southampton. With Rahane dropping a crucial catch off Root in the beginning session of the day that could have turned the fortune of the match on its head, India’s fate was sealed. Heads dropping low after the first hour of play and shoulders slumped spoke at length about the body language of the Indian side. It was a side that knew they were being outplayed on the field, fully aware that a win was far from sight
Joe Root and Alastair Cook continued on their merry way, building on the foundation they had built in the previous day. Taking full advantage of India’s deteriorating performance, the duo continued to pile on the misery on the visitors. They put on a huge partnership of 259 that took the test far from India’s grasps both mentally and physically.
The day saw opener Cook celebrating his final test match in style. He scored his first century off the series to sign off in style from international test cricket. Walking away after being picked up for Vihari for 147; England’s highest test run-getter was greeted to a standing ovation from not only the English spectator’s but also the Indian team.
Meanwhile Captain Root also finally got his touch back with 125 run innings. He reminded every one of his class that was missing throughout the series. An innings was style, grace and ease were pleasing to the eye as Root sliced the field with scrumptious delight during his knock.
Root and Cook falling off consecutive balls to Vihari saw the Indians finally wrap up the English innings. In a bid to score at a fast pace, England’s middle order departed quickly and cheaply. However, it was all too late and too little for India as England threw a massive target of 464 their way after declaring at 423-8.
With only a draw on their mind as they came out to bat in the final innings of the match, India began in the worst way possible to them. Destroyed by Broad’s and Anderson’s opening spell with the new ball, India’s top order fell for just 2 runs. Kohli departed for a golden duck to join Dhawan and Pujara back in the hut to see the scoreboard reading an unimaginable 2-3 for India. Stitching together the innings, Rahul and Rahane got the side to 58-3 as they repaired the damage inflicted on the side in the early overs. However 406 runs and 90 overs away from a result, the match is next to impossible to save for the side. We hope to see the improbable become probable though come tomorrow.
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