India Vs England Third Test, Day 4 Highlights:
- England are on 311-9
- Bumrah took 5-85
- Buttler scored 106 for England
- India are one wicket away from victory
India ended Day 4 of the India Vs England Third Test match just a whisker away from their first win in the series. With victory all but in their grasp, India saw a successful fourth day at Trent Bridge leave them just a wicket away from a massive victory. Chasing a world record 521 for a third consecutive win in the five match series, the hosts faltered to end at 311-9 on day 4 of the third test.
England resumed the day at 23-0 knowing batting two days on a tough wicket was going to be a task that required contributions from almost the entire team. It didn’t take long for the dream to chase down a series winning total to shatter soon though. The opening spot has been England’s frailest point in the batting line-up this series and that pattern resumed on Day 4. Alistair Cook and Jennings have been walking ducks for the Indians, failing to read the conditions and play a meaningful inning even once these three matches. And the Indians played perfectly to that weakness, dismaying the duo early on in the day to send England back to zero.
Reeling with the loss of their openers, England fell further to dig a deeper hole for themselves. The top 4 collapsed for 82 giving the Indians a huge entry towards sealing the match up before tea.
With their side on the mat, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes stepped out with the intention of not making the defeat silly for England. Where the match looked to be sprinting towards the Indians, Buttler and Stokes halted the Indian march with their partnership. A damage repairing stand between the both saw England restrict their way back into the match, causing India all sorts of problems from a position of relative comfort.
Buttler notched up his century to a standing ovation from a crowd that appreciated the patience, application and perseverance the innings required. Stokes meanwhile got his half-century as the duo took England past 250, seeing away all the game-plans and strategies deciphered up by Kohli and the side.
With his side in a muzzle, Virat Kohli handed Jasprit Bumrah the new ball. And the pacer returned his captain’s faith with a decisive spell that turned the match back in India’s arms. Swinging the ball sharply inside, Bumrah bowled a gem of delivery to dismiss the well set Buttler. He followed it up with an even better delivery that castled Bairstow to send him back for a duck on the immediate next ball. The breakthrough was all India needed during the India Vs England Third Test as Bumrah and continued running through the English wickets to pick up a fiver and leave India just one wicket away from a comeback win.