IND vs ENG 1st Test: Sundar gritty 85* keep India in the hunt, England not to enforce follow-on

India vs England (IND vs ENG) 1st Test Live Score Updates: India takes on England on Day 4 of the first Test of the series in Chennai. In reply to ENG's massive 578, India were bowled out for 337 in their first innings.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Feb 08, 2021 12:23 IST
IND vs ENG 1st Test: Sundar gritty 85* keep India in the hunt, England not to enforce follow-on
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India vs England (IND vs ENG), 1st Test: The opening Test between India and England is being played at the Chepauk in Chennai. In reply to ENG's 578, India were bowled out for 337 in the first innings, thanks to Washinton Sundar's gritty knock of 85* off 138, comprising 12 fours and a couple of massive sixes. Meanwhile, England have not enforced the Follow-on. The visitors will look forward to aiming for the 400-run mark. All four wickets coming after the second new ball was taken with Jack Leach and Jimmy  Anderson picking a couple of wickets each.

Meanwhile, Indian veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed English opener Rory Burns for a duck on the first ball of England’s second innings. Joe Root-led England are still in the driver seat and they are 1/1 at Lunch with a lead of 242. Lawrence and Sibley yet to get underway in their innings. 

Early on Day 4 of the opening Test, India lost their four wickets in the first session of Day 4 and finished with a competitive total of 337 in the first innings after chasing a mammoth target. Building a steady partnership with Washington Sundar, the veteran has scored 31 off 91 balls. Sundar has registered a half-century and remains unbeaten on 85 off 138 balls including 12 fours and 2 sixes. 

For England, Dom Bess was the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets including the big fish of Indian skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane.

After England has posted a mammoth 578 in their first innings, Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara forged the decent 119-run partnership for the fifth wicket. The duo of Pant and Pujara scored half-centuries on Sunday to revive India after the hosts lost Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane in quick succession. Pujara played a gritty knock of 73 runs while Pant missed out on a hundred by just nine runs.