IND vs ENG, 1st Test Highlights: India will need 381 to take lead in the series, lost Rohit cheaply

IND vs ENG, 1st Test, Day 4 Highlights: India have restricted England at 178 in their second innings. At Stumps on Day 4, India are 39/1. Gill stays unbeaten on 15 while Pujara (12*) gives him full support from another end.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Feb 08, 2021 18:39 IST
IND vs ENG, 1st Test Highlights: India will need 381 to take lead in the series, lost Rohit cheaply
R Ashwin-led Indian attack restricted England to 178. (Image credit: Photo/BCCI)

IND vs ENG 1st Test Day 4 Highlights: Day 4: Stumps - India need 381 runs

ENG - 578 & 178 (Joe Root 40, Pope 28; Ashwin 6/61, Nadeem 2/66)

IND - 337 & 39/1 (Shubman Gill 15* Cheteshwar Pujara 12* Leach 1/21)

Joe Root's England will be the happier side at the end of day four as they set a massive target for India with one day to go. R Ashwin-led Indian attack has restricted England for 178 in their second innings. Chasing ENG's 420, India lost opener Rohit Sharma early. But after that, both Gill and Pujara easily negotiate the English attack. Team India finishes day four on 39/1 and will need 381 more to take lead in the 4-match Test series. It all depends on the first session. If India bosses tomorrow morning, the English side will feel the pressure, and the bowlers would start to tire too.

Shubman Gill stays unbeaten on 15 while in-form Cheteshwar Pujara (12*) gives him full support from another end. Gill and Pujara to start proceedings tomorrow morning until then take care goodbye. Meanwhile, England have decided not to enforce the follow-on as they lead by a whopping 241 runs. 

Earlier, England lost Rory Burns for a duck on the very first ball of their second innings, but have continued to add to their strong first innings total of 578. The visitors being bowled out for a paltry 178 but they managed to take a massive lead till then. Skipper Joe Root (40) was the top run-getters from the English side. Buttler and Pope also chipped in with some handy knocks as well.

For India, R Ashwin took his 28th five-wicket haul to cut down England's second innings under the 200-run mark. Ishant Sharma becomes the 3rd Indian pacer after Kapil Dev and Zaheer Khan to reach the 300-wicket mark in Tests.

''It's been quite a roller-coaster life. I've had a lot of experience, a lot of mentors who taught me how to bowl in the subcontinent and how to bowl abroad. I'm a bit sore, after bowling 4-over bursts in domestic cricket, and then bowling 35 overs within a gap of just 3-4 days, said Ishant after picking 300 Test wickets.

''If we get a good start tomorrow, we can chase this down, because we have a batting line-up that is fearless and can chase this down, and it's important to look at 381 runs and not 9 wickets. On the first two days, the pitch was not assisting us and the spinners, it felt like we played on a road, but it started turning later on in Day 4 and it was a lot more responsive then, he added.

Early on Day 4, Team India lost their four wickets in the first session of Day 4 and ended with 337 in the first innings. Pant (91) was the top run-scorer for India. Washington Sundar has also notched his second half-century 85 not out off 138 balls, studded with 12 fours and 2 sixes. Pujara also played a gritty 73-run knock while Kohli and co are chasing a mammoth total of 578.

For England, Dom Bess was the pick of the bowlers as he grabbed 4/76. Jack Leach, Jofra Archer, and veteran Jimmy Anderson all took a piece of wickets each.