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That's a wrap to the first Test match. England have now stretched their winning streak to six matches away from home and it turned out to be a really special 100th Test for Joe Root. On the other side, after the high of Australia, India have come crashing down and will have to do a bit of soul-searching. You can expect a backlash from them when these two teams meet again in the second Test match in Chennai. It's starting on Saturday, 13th February. Do join us at 0930 local (0400 GMT) for all the action. Until then, it's goodbye and cheers!
England captain, Joe Root is also the Man of the Match! Says that it was a crucial toss to win and it was a good wicket to bat on. Credits the bowlers as well for taking 20 wickets in very alien conditions. Adds that they knew it's going to be a good wicket and the first partnership was crucial to get them going and they carried on from there brilliantly. On his own batting, Root replies that if they want to win here, someone will have to score big, it was him this week and it could be someone else in the next week. Root knows that India will come hard at them in the next match. On his thought process regarding not declaring in the second innings, Root replies that the idea was to get to 400 and then speed things up but it didn't materialize. Further says that the most important thing for them was to make sure that the Indian win was out of the equation. On whether he did that due to the inexperienced spinners, Joe states that it was more about the bowling group to not worry about the run rate and just deliver their skills. He is happy that the boys handled that pressure really well. Speaking of James Anderson, Root calls him the GOAT of English cricket who consistently challenges himself and is still getting better and fitter. He terms Jimmy as a great role model for the rest of the group and hopes he continues for long.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli is looking visibly disappointed. Says that they didn't put enough pressure on the English batsmen in the first innings. He tells that the pitch was on the slower side on the first two days as scoring runs and rotating the strike were easy. Feels the intensity in the field from them was not up to the mark but it got better in the second innings. Adds that as a side they are looking to improve things that weren't up to the mark and admits that England were the better team. Kohli mentions that you need your bowling unit to step up as a group which didn't happen. Also adds that there is a lot left to be desired with the bat. Tells that it was a hard grind and England were ready to do it and were more equipped. Regarding the toss, Kohli replies that losing it ended up being a reason which they didn't think it would be but the Indian skipper doesn't want to make any excuses and is looking forward to work on their mistakes. States that it's going to be a hard-fought next three Tests as they will not let things slip away like it did in this Test. Super V wants his boys to show good body language and understand the pace of the pitch well and at the end of the day, Kohli feels it's all about the mindset. Stresses that there will be hiccups but they are a side which always looks to improve. On Rishabh Pant's chirping from behind the stumps, Kohli smiles and replies that he is fun on the field and they want him to continue like this as his personality is really helpful to maintain good energy in the field.
To quickly summarize this Test match, we will have to start by saying that England outplayed India comprehensively in all the facets of the game. Joe Root's double century laid the platform as the touring team posted a gigantic total on the board. India were not at their absolute best with the bat in the first innings as they failed to save the follow-on. Although England didn't enforce it and came out to bat again. In their second essay, it was all about scoring quick runs and building on their 241-run lead however Root was criticized for not declaring the innings. Anyway, the English skipper knew what he was doing and his bowlers backed him by picking 10 wickets in the second innings as well. Stay tuned for the presentation...
Jack Leach also comes up for a quick word. Says that it's his first time in India and he knew there will be pressure and is happy to pick a few wickets. On Pant, he jokes that he thought he is playing in the Indian T20 League and adds that he enjoyed that battle, just tried to stay strong and the English boys helped him a lot. Mentions that he had a long time without much cricket and bowling long spells in the heat of Sri Lanka really helped him. Shares that he just wanted to bowl consistently and not concede too many. He is glad to get the win and calls it a team effort.
James Anderson comes for a quick chat. Says that it came out well and he got the reverse going. Informs that he just wanted to bowl in the right areas. Shares that it was important to get the movement in the air as the pitch was on the slower side. Tells that he is feeling great, enjoyed his time in Sri Lanka and has carried that form here. Says that it's exciting times to be with this group. Admits that it's been a tough wicket to work on and they would now look to rest well. Regarding Joe Root, Anderson says that he has been leading the team from the front and hopes that he continues with his form and others chip around him.
Virat Kohli spent some time in the middle to stroke a half-century and his partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin provided India with some hope. But soon the inevitable happened as Ashwin got dismissed by Leach and Stokes went through the defense of the Indian skipper. An excellent win for the English team and they will be over the moon!
Fantastic win for England! They have taken the lead in the series and also jumped on top in the ICC World Test Championship, swapping positions with India who slip to 4th now! The tourists were the favourites this morning but given India's recent form, all four results appeared possible. India started positively with Shubman Gill ready to play his shots and Cheteshwar Pujara offering good defensive solidity. Jack Leach though broke that stand and after that, James Anderson produced a masterclass of reverse swing bowling. He removed Gill and Aijnkya Rahane in quick succession and followed that up with the prized scalp of Rishabh Pant. Washington Sundar failed to repeat the heroics of his first innings and the writing was on the wall for the hosts.
OUT! Edged and taken! ENGLAND WIN BY 227 RUNS! Brilliant delivery by Archer. He hurls across a good length ball around off and gets it to shape away. Bumrah is squared up in defense and edges it behind to the keeper. Buttler makes no mistake and the English camp is celebrating. 192/10
Flatter and fuller on middle, defended back Ishant. 192/9
Loopy and full around off, Ishant draws forward and defends it down safely.
The batsman has just watchfully blocked this out.
Too full in length and outside off, left alone.
FOUR! Fetches a full ball from outside off and sweeps it behind square leg for a boundary.
Looks to defend off the front foot but it takes the inside edge and strikes him on the pads.
Shortish and on off, Ishant jumps and turns it behind square leg for a run. 188/9
NOT OUT! Archer digs in a short ball on middle, Ishant is on his toes as he tries to defend. Suddenly some sound of bails falling comes. Everyone thought that Ishant has stepped on the stumps but no one is sure. The onfield umpires take it upstairs and the replays show that the bails came off without any touch from the batsman. Bizarre!
What happened there? Is Ishant Sharma hit-wicket? The umpire is getting it checked upstairs. The replays show that the bails fall off without any contact from the batsman. Is it too windy there? Given as a dead ball as the bails were off even before the batsman had played his shot to a short ball.
A corker of a yorker on middle, Ishant does well to have his bat down in time. Digs it out and saves his toes.
A well-directed bouncer and Ishant is in all sorts of trouble. Somehow he fends it off uppishly and this time it falls safely to the right of short leg.
Archer digs in a short ball on middle, Ishant jumps and fends it off. It goes aerial but doesn't carry to short mid-wicket.
Good length ball on off, Sharma defends it from the back foot.
Lunges forward and jams down a fuller length ball around off. 187/9
FOUR BYES! Spin and bounce from outside off, Bumrah tries to slog sweep but misses. It beats the keeper as well and goes to the fence behind.
FOUR! Walks down the track to a full ball and swings it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
Jasprit Bumrah is the last batsman.
Jasprit Bumrah is the last batsman.
OUT! A relay catch and Leach gets his fourth wicket! Full and flighted ball on off, Nadeem gets forward to defend but it spins away slightly to take an outside edge. It goes behind and clips the pads of Buttler. Burns at second slip sticks his left hand out and then catches it in the second attempt. End is nigh for India!
Quicker and flatter on middle, Nadeem goes on the back foot and defends it off the outer half towards silly point.
Loopy and full on off, Nadeem defends it off his front foot to the off side.
Fuller and on off, Ishant does well this time to push it safely towards cover-point. End of a successful over for Ben! 179/8
Good length ball on middle and off, Ishant is squared up as he defends it down.
Full in length and outside off, left alone by Sharma.
Ishant Sharma is in next.
OUT! Sound of timber and heartbreak for India! Kohli is cleaned up! Stokes hunts down the big fish. He delivers it on a length around off and it stays low after pitching. Kohli tries to defend but it goes under his bat and obliterates the off pole. Virat shakes his head as he returns. Stokes is all smiles. England are two wickets away from going 1-0 up in the series!
Fuller and on off, pushed in the gap at covers. No run taken.
FOUR! A length delivery outside off, Kohli gets on the front foot and slightly opens the face of his bat to guide it towards third man for a boundary.
Drinks break. Ashwin and Kohli offered good resistance in the last hour but the former eventually fell a few overs back. Virat Kohli is showing excellent form but is running out of partners. He would be looking to farm more strike and stretch this match.
Quicker and flatter outside off, Nadeem allows it through to the keeper. 175/7
Again uppish but safe! Floated and full on off, Nadeem advances down the track and looks to defend. Does so uppishly and it goes quickly past silly point again.
Fuller and on middle, it's defended uppishly past silly point.
Loopy and full on off, Shahbaz defends it close to his front pad.
Identical to the last delivery, some extra bounce, this time Nadeem offers no shot.
Beaten! Full and flighted on off, Nadeem tries to defend but it spins past his blade.
DOT! A length ball outside off, Kohli walks across the stumps but pushes it straight to backward point. 175/7
A bouncer around off, Kohli offers no shot and lets it be. England would look for another dot to have Nadeem on strike for the next over.
Fullish and outside off, Kohli pushes it gently to covers.
Good length delivery outside off, Kohli defends it by taking the bottom hand off the handle.
FOUR! Thumped! Short in length and on middle and off, Kohli swivels on the back foot and pulls it through backward square leg for a boundary.
Good length ball close to off, Kohli pushes it with an angled bat in the gap at point. Not taking the run.
Skidding off the surface outside off, Nadeem picks it and makes a leave. 171/7
Fuller and on off, defended with soft hands to the off side.
Tossed up ball landing full on middle, Nadeem defends it to the leg side.
Fullish and on off, Nadeem defends it from the outer half to the off side.
Shahbaz Nadeem is the new batsman.
OUT! England have the breakthrough! Leach drags his length short and serves it close to off, Ashwin is tempted to play the square cut but it's too close to his body. There is some extra bounce as well and the outside edge is induced. Excellent reflex catch by Buttler and Leach gets his third wicket. The 105-ball stand is broken and Kohli now will have to rely on the tail for support.
Flighted and full around off, Kohli gets forward, opens the face of the bat and guides it past second slip for a run.
This one stays low! Full and on off, Ashwin does well to bring his bat down as he defends it off the inner half to short mid-wicket. 170/6
Fuller length ball on middle, Virat flicks it through square leg for a single.
Fuller in length and outside off, Kohli strides forward and defends it to covers.
Edgy! Too full in length and on off, Kohli tries to flick but it takes a slight leading edge and rolls to mid off.
Sliding down the leg side, Kohli tries to flick but misses.
FOUR! Sweet timing and crisp placement! Back of a length delivery outside off, Kohli stands tall inside the crease and punches it through the gap at covers.
Tosses it up and lands full on off, spinning away, Ashwin defends it off his front foot to covers. 165/6
Fullish and on off, Ashwin pushes it through the line, finds covers.
Flighted and full on off, Ashwin is nicely forward in defense.
Leans forward to a full ball and pushes it towards wide second slip.
Shortish and on off, Ashwin hangs on the back foot and punches it to covers.
Full and flighted around leg, Kohli flicks it wristily through mid-wicket for three runs.
Good length ball on off, angling in, Ashwin works it around off his pads to mid-wicket. A maiden. 162/6
Fuller and on off, getting closer to the stumps, Ashwin is right behind the line as he defends it to covers.
On a driving length outside off, some away movement after landing, Ashwin covers his stumps and allows it through.
A good length delivery this time, close to off, Ashwin is forward as he plays it to the off side.
Once again Ashwin stays back to a shortish ball and pushes it to covers.
Back of a length delivery outside off, Ashwin stays back and plays it down to covers.
Change in bowling. Ben Stokes replaces Anderson in the attack.
Leach is on the shorter side this time, it's outside off and Kohli plays it towards backward point. 162/6
Loopy and full on middle, VK defends it by getting on the front foot.
Loopy and full around off, Kohli tries to defend but gets a soft outside edge. It sneaks past Stokes at first slip and they take a couple.
NOT OUT! A tossed up ball landing around leg and straightening from there, Ashwin walks forward and tries to flick but misses. It goes off the pads to the on side and they cross. Root has a word with his bowler and the keeper before taking the referral. The Ball Tracker shows that the impact is with the umpire's call and it's going over the stumps.
Shout for an lbw! Not given. Joe Root has a word with his keeper and Leach before signalling for the DRS.
Full and around off, drifting in, Ashwin defends it to the off side.
Flighted and full, too wide outside off, an easy leave for Ashwin.
Plays it nice and late. It's on a length and close to off, Virat drops it down with an angled bat to backward point. 159/6
Back of a length ball on off, Kohli stands tall and steers it through cover-point for a couple of runs.
In the zone outside off, on a good length, Kohli offers no shot.
Uses the angle of the bowler and defends a full ball to short mid-wicket.
Oohhh... a cross-seam delivery, landing on a length around middle, Kohli tries to defend and it takes the top half of his bat.
Angling into the batsman from around off, Kohli defends it.
Shortish and close to off, Ashwin cuts it to backward point. 157/6
Pushes a full ball in the gap at covers for a single.
Fuller in length and outside off, driven off the outer half towards point.
Flighted and full around off, Kohli drives but fails to beat the diving attempt of the cover fielder.
Fuller and on off, defended off the front foot.
That is defended solidly off the front foot.
Fuller and on off, defended to the off side to end the over. 156/6
Good length ball outside off, Ashwin pushes inside the line and misses.
FIFTY FOR KOHLI! Fuller length ball on off, Kohli uses his wrists and turns it through square leg for a single. Fine knock by the Indian skipper, his 24th in Tests and 7th while batting in the fourth innings! He would be aiming to build a strong partnership with Ashwin and help India salvage a draw.
Keeps it full again, around off, Kohli is solidly behind the line as he defends it to covers.
Full and on off, angling in, Kohli defends it back to the bowler.
Anderson starts this over with a short ball on off, Ashwin pulls it well in front of square leg and takes a single.
A nicely tossed up ball, landing full and around off, Kohli presses forward and defends it safely. 154/6
A touch short and on off, Virat goes on the back foot and taps it down to point.
Spinning away after landing on off, Kohli allows it through to the keeper.
Fullish and close to off, VK takes a big stride forward and defends.
Floated and full around off, Kohli strides forward and defends it to the off side.
Fuller and on middle, Ashwin walks forward and flicks it through mid-wicket for a single. Wants the second run but Virat is not interested.
Good length delivery again, outside off, Kohli plays it with an angled bat to backward point. 153/6
On a good length and outside off, a hint of away shape there, Kohli covers his stumps and shoulders arms.
In the channel outside off, Kohli has nothing to do with it.
Good length ball outside off, Ashwin takes a little stride forward and works it wide of short mid-wicket for a single.
Slightly up and around off, Ashwin pushes it off his front foot to covers.
Angles in a length ball on off, Ashwin defends it with a straight bat. The pitch map suggests that England have bowled 38 percent deliveries short to Ashwin. Definitely some plan against him.
Quicker and fuller on leg, Kohli helps it off his pads to backward square leg. Looks for a run but is sent back. 152/6
Full and wide outside off, an easy leave from Virat.
Full and floated on off, turning away, Kohli is forward and defends it with the spin to the off side.
Leach goes flatter and shorter on off, Virat defends it off his back foot.
FOUR! A fine shot by Kohli and he moves to 49! Full and flighted on middle, Virat walks forward and brings his bottom hand into play. Superbly executed on drive and it runs away to the long on boundary.
Stretches forward to a full ball and defends it to covers.
EDGY FOUR! Anderson hurls across a length delivery outside off, getting it to shape away, Ashwin flirts inside the line again and edges it wide of slip for a boundary. 148/6
Play and a miss! Good length delivery outside off, going straight on, Ashwin pushes inside the line and misses.
Seeing Ashwin getting too comfortable on the front foot, Anderson digs in a short ball around off. Ash does well to drop his wrists and it goes off his right shoulder to slip.
Once again Jimmy probes with a delivery around off, getting it to reverse back into the batsman, Ashwin shows good technique as he blocks it to the off side.
Right on the mark this time. Full and close to off, shaping back in, Ashwin plays it near his body and defends it back.
Some movement for the bowler but the line is around leg and it goes further down, Ashwin tries to flick but misses.
James Anderson to steam in from the other end.
Flatter this time, a touch short and on off, Kohli goes back and punches it to the left of the cover fielder. 144/6
Full and around off, spinning away, Kohli gets forward with an angled bat and pushes it to the right of gully.
Loopy and full on middle, Virat lunges and blocks it down safely.
Too full and on off, Kohli plays a wristy drive but finds the cover fielder.
Leans forward to a full ball and pushes it to covers.
Starts with a very full ball on middle, it's served from wide of the crease, Kohli defends it from the front foot.
We're back! The players are also back on the field. India resume their fight for survival. Four wickets in the bank but they can't count too much on the last three batsmen. England would be looking to wrap things up in this session itself. Can they succeed? Let's find out. Jack Leach to bowl...
... DAY 5, SESSION 2 ...
For India, all their hopes of saving this Test match are pinned on the shoulders of Virat Kohli. He has batted with intent and is on 45 at the moment but the Indian skipper will need support from the other end. Ravichandran Ashwin had a difficult stay so far in the middle and he is the last skilful batsman left for the home team. Can the current pair provide resistance? We will find out when the afternoon session begins at 1210 local (0640 GMT).
Apart from James Anderson, the other England bowlers weren't consistent enough. Jack Leach did well to bowl good lines and removed Pujara but largely he and his spin partner, Dom Bess were not up to the mark. Jofra Archer bowled a hostile spell just before Lunch and England would be hoping that he will do the same after the break as well.
A terrific morning session for England. They are looking like a happy bunch as they leave the field for the Lunch break. The day though started well for India. Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara batted positively at the beginning and the former also completed his half-century. But, the introduction of James Anderson changed things drastically. The English legend put on an exhibition of reverse swing bowling and removed both Gill and Rahane in quick succession, sending their stumps flying. Jimmy also dismissed the dangerous Rishabh Pant and pushed India into a corner.
A touch short and on off, Ashwin defends it from the back foot to short extra cover. That will be LUNCH ON DAY 5! 144/6
Back of a length ball on middle, Ashwin stands tall inside the crease and defends it down in front of short leg.
Physio comes out yet again! This time to perform the concussion test. Ashwin is fine and he has not changed his helmet. Two more balls left in this session...
FOUR BYES! Archer is bowling relentlessly at Ashwin. Digs in a terrific bouncer, well-directed, Ashwin tries to duck but it takes his helmet and balloons behind the keeper for a boundary.
Physio comes out again! Last time it was on the fingers, this time it's the forearm. Ashwin is wearing the arm-guard on his right hand as well.
Yet another blow on the right hand! Archer is making Ashwin's life difficult. He bangs in a shortish ball on middle and it bounces extra as it approaches the batsman, Ashwin tries to defend but it hits him on the right forehand.
A length ball outside off, Ashwin stays on the back foot and plays it down to point.
Archer digs in another bouncer to Ashwin who does well to evade it. The English speed merchant is trying to push Ashwin deep inside the crease and probably set him up for a yorker.
A long hop on the leg stump line, Ashwin gets back and pulls it through backward square leg for a single. A very poor over by Bess comes to an end, 14 runs from it! 140/6
Too full in length around leg, Kohli knocks it down to long on for a run.
Flighted and full on middle, Virat gets forward and flicks it to short leg.
FOUR! Make it a hat-trick of boundaries! Bess is struggling big time to land his deliveries. Kohli fetches it on the full from around off and uses his lovely wrists to whip it through wide mid on.
FOUR! Another full toss, this time around off, Kohli forces it down the ground and bags consecutive boundaries.
FOUR! Full toss on middle, Kohli makes full use of it and heaves it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
Back of a length on off, Ashwin blocks it off the front foot. 126/6
Bouncer outside off, Ashwin sways away from it.
Physio is out in the middle. It's the bowling hand of Ashwin which is getting the treatment. India would hope there is nothing serious.
OUCH! Bouncer on off, Ashwin tries to sway away from it but gets it off the gloves. It doesn't carry to the keeper. A good effort delivery by Archer.
Full delivery on middle, Kohli flicks it through square leg for a single.
FOUR! Good shot! Full again on middle, Kohli lofts it over mid on for a boundary.
Full on middle, Kohli flicks it to mid-wicket.
Jofra Archer to bowl.
Tossed up ball landing full on middle, Ashwin drives it down to mid on. 121/6
Floated and around off, Ashwin walks forward and then makes a late adjustment to play it out safely to the off side.
Flatter and a bit shorter on off, Ashwin goes on the back foot and defends it down.
Floated and full on middle, Kohli dances down the track and flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
Uses his feet and drives it wide of mid off for a single.
Flighted and down the leg side, Kohli turns it behind square leg for a single.
Good length ball and close to off, Ashwin sticks back and defends it to the off side. 118/6
Fuller and on middle, Kohli flicks it behind square leg and takes a single.
Pitches it up and outside off, Kohli takes his front leg forward to cover the line and movement before making a leave.
Good length ball close to off, Kohli is on the back foot as he defends it back towards the bowler.
Identical to the last delivery, once again Kohli plays it with gentle hands and keeps it out to backward point.
Lands it on a length and around off, Kohli plays it late and pushes it with an angled bat to point.
Tossed up ball on middle, Ashwin defends it to end the over. 117/6
Ravichandran Ashwin is the new batsman.
DRS time! Huge shout for a caught behind against Washington Sundar. The finger stays down and England review it.
OUT! Bess strikes. He finally gets his line and length right and the rest of the work is done by the pitch. It's around off, turning and bouncing away from the batsman, Sundar tries to defend but fails to do so. It goes past the outside edge, Buttler collects and appeals but the umpire shakes his head. Root takes the DRS and the Ultra Edge finds a spike. Wicket number 6 goes down for India.
Floated and full on off, Sundar is on the front foot in defense.
Short and on middle, Kohli pulls it through backward square leg. Archer chases and pulls it back near the fence. Three taken. Poor bowling by Bess.
Floated full ball on off, Kohli defends it with the spin to the leg side.
FOUR! A gentle loosener, a juicy full toss around off, Kohli drives it through covers for a boundary. Anderson is bowling so well from one end and this is the last thing you want from the other end.
Dom Bess is back for another spell.
Pitches it up and around off, Sundar defends it compactly to the off side. A wicket maiden, what a spell from Anderson! 110/5
The batsman has just watchfully blocked this out.
Greets the new batsman with an outswinger outside off, Sundar allows it through to the keeper.
Washington Sundar arrives in the middle.
OUT! Soft dismissal! Anderson bags his third wicket and Pant is gone! This Test match is now completely in favour of England. Jimmy steams in from 'round the wicket and hurls in a length ball around off. It lands and probably shapes away a bit, Pant presses forward and pushes it uppishly off the outer edge to the right of Root at short cover. A simple catch for the English skipper and India now have lost half their side.
Beaten! A length ball close to off, Pant tries to defend but it holds its line and beats the outside edge.
Good length delivery outside off, shaping away, Pant reads it well and allows it through.
Root is having a word with Anderson as the latter goes to his bowling mark.
Flighted again, full and on off, Kohli stretches forward and defends it under his watchful eyes. 110/4
Flighted and full on off, drifting in, Kohli is forward as he defends it near his front pad.
Loopy and full outside off, it's a mere push at extra cover and Pant collects a single.
FOUR! Fine shot! Leach flights it outside off, Pant shimmies down the track and eases his drive through cover-point.
Shortish and on off, turning away, Kohli gets back, opens the face and guides it to backward point for a run.
Fuller and outside off, driven back to the bowler.
Fuller and on off, Pant defends it towards cover-point. A maiden by Anderson. 104/4
Here comes the outswinger!!! Anderson hurls it in the channel outside off, Pant ends up pushing and missing inside the line.
Anderson bowls it from wide of the crease and angles in a full ball on middle, Pant flicks but finds short mid-wicket.
Around off on a length, straightening a bit, Pant defends it from the crease.
Fuller length ball shaping back into the batsman, Pant drives it confidently to mid off. Is Jimmy setting up Pant for an outswinger?
Good length ball angling into the batsman, around off, Pant defends it back.
Too full in length and on off, Pant pushes it in the gap at covers for a run. 104/4
Play and a miss! Full and flighted outside off, Pant tries to play the reverse sweep but misses and it goes off his arms to the off side. Needs to be careful while playing that shot from the rough outside off.
Short and wide outside off, Kohli cuts it towards cover-point and the point fielder runs across to make a partial diving stop. The batsmen take a run.
Floated and full outside off, Pant gets forward and drives it through covers for a run. Wants the second run as well but Kohli sends him back.
Flatter and fuller on leg, Kohli flicks it in front of square leg and gets three runs.
Flighted and full on middle, Kohli defends it by getting forward.
Anderson keeps it full and around off, Pant has his bat down as he pushes it defensively to mid on. 98/4
On a length and outside off, Pant taps it down to the right of the cover fielder.
FOUR! Off the mark with a boundary. Full and outside off, Pant drives it firmly and finds the gap at covers. Not much footwork but good hand-eye coordination!
Fuller and on off, Pant gets forward and defends it watchfully.
Plays it nice and late. Full and around off, shaping in, Kohli takes his front leg forward and works it wide of mid on for a run.
Movement in the air, full and around off, Kohli defends it to the off side from the toe end of his bat.
Short and outside off, cut to point where the fielder misfields and the batsmen cross. Anderson vs Kohli coming up! 93/4
Strides forward again and pushes it towards point.
Sharp spin as it lands around off. Kohli takes a big stride forward and makes a leave.
Too full and on middle, Kohli drives but finds silly point.
Loopy and full around off, Virat presses forward in defence.
Fuller and around leg, Kohli drives it down to mid off.
Anderson switches to 'round the wicket and angles in a full ball on off, Pant has his bat down in time in defense. 92/4
Drinks break. India did well in the morning session but the ongoing over of James Anderson has thwarted their hopes of either saving or winning this Test match. Out walks the talk of the town - Rishabh Pant. Can he do it again? 328 needed more.
OUT! Off stump goes for a walk! Anderson is on fire! Rahane bags a duck and England are on top! Jimmy is putting in a masterclass of reverse swing bowling. Wow! This one is identical to the delivery which got Gill. On and around off, a fuller length ball which nips back in sharply. Rahane is forward in defense but he also has a big gap between his bat and pad. The ball finds its way through and uproots the off stump. Five balls, two wickets and Anderson is doing it for England, yet again.
Huge shout for an lbw! The umpire shakes his head. Joe Root has a word with his bowler and takes the DRS.
NOT OUT! Lovely delivery by Anderson again! He makes the ball do all the talking and this one stays low as well. A full ball on off, nipping in, Rahane tries to defend but it beats the toe end of his bat and pings him on the front pad. They appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Root has a word with his bowler and then opts for the DRS. Flat line on the Ultra Edge, the impact is with the umpire's call and it's hitting the stumps. Rahane survives.
Fuller and wide outside off, swinging again, Rahane makes a leave.
Ajinkya Rahane is the new batsman.
OUT! STUMPS SHATTERED! Anderson has done it! Experience trumps inexperience! Jimmy hurls in a full length ball close to off and gets it to reverse back into the batsman. Gill is forward to defend but leaves a big gap between his bat and pad. The ball sneaks through and destroys the stumps behind. Anderson roars in delight, England get a big wicket and are 7 away from taking the lead in the series.
Fuller in length and on off, Gill plays near his front pad and works it to short mid-wicket.
James Anderson is into the attack.
FIFTY FOR GILL! Yet another outstanding knock by the young man and he continues to impress one and all. He reaches there by playing it out to the left of backward point for a single. India would want him to carry on! 92/2
Sliced away! Loopy again, full and spinning away, Gill is a bit upright as he tries to drive and it takes the outer half before rolling to backward point.
Loopy and full around leg, Shubman flicks it across the line but finds short mid-wicket.
Fuller and on off, Gill drives it down to mid on.
FOUR! Easy pickings! Slower through the air, nicely flighted and full around leg, Gill picks it off his pads and whips it to the deep mid-wicket fence. Moves to 49!
Flighted and full on middle, Gill defends it to mid on.
Once again Gill uses his feet and pushes a full ball to the right of mid on for one. 87/2
Fuller and on off, Kohli forces it down to deepish mid on for a single.
Advances down the track to make it into a half-volley and knocks it down to long on for a run.
Loopy and outside off, on the shorter side and spinning in, Kohli gets back and works it towards square leg for a run.
Tossed up ball outside off, Kohli whips it across the line but again finds short mid-wicket.
Loopy ball on off, Kohli walks down the track and flicks, finds short mid-wicket.
Flighted and full on middle, Gill flicks it behind square leg but finds the fielder. India continue to score freely, 5 from this over. Good positive cricket! 83/2
Quick run again! Fullish and on off, Kohli plays a punchy off drive and rushes to the other end as the mid off fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end.
Short again, outside off, Gill cuts it to point where the fielder makes a tumbling stop. They cross for a run.
Flatter and shorter on off, turning away, Gill is on the back foot as he defends.
Fuller and on off, Kohli gets forward and pushes it with an angled bat to covers for one.
Strides forward and drives a full ball to covers. The fielder there dives and makes a partial stop. Two taken.
Quicker and flatter on off, defended off the back foot by Gill. 9 from this over, 19 from Bess so far on Day 5. 78/2
Allows the ball to turn back in and then deflects it down to fine leg for one.
Walks down the track to take it on the full and eases it to long on for a run.
Ouch, that would have hurt! Short delivery on middle, Gill pulls it across the line and it hits the short leg fielder on the right leg.
SIX! This one is dispatched! Positivity is in his DNA. Fuller in length and outside off, Gill wears his skates again and dismisses it over long on. 'Shot boy', says Kohli from the other end. Impressive!
Flighted ball landing full on off, Kohli leans forward and wrists it past short mid-wicket for a single.
Slightly short and around off, turning away, Gill covers his stumps and allows it through. 69/2
Loopy and very full on middle, Gill defends it back off his front foot.
Good running between the wickets! Kohli gets on the back foot and taps a short delivery to the right of point for a brisk run.
Slower through the air, good flight, it lands full around leg, Kohli defends it to mid-wicket.
Shortish and outside off, VK gets back and plays it late, finds backward point.
Too full in length on off, Kohli drives but finds the cover fielder.
Fuller and outside off, Kohli leans forward and plays it with soft hands to covers for one. 10 from Bess' first this morning! 68/2
Strides forward to a full ball and helps it towards short mid-wicket.
Works it on the leg side, finds the gap at mid-wicket and crosses.
FOUR! Gill is on the attack, he doesn't want Bess to adjust. Shubman is down the track in a flash, takes it on the full and swings it over mid-wicket. The fielder in the deep attempts for a catch but it goes wide of his outstretched left hand and finds the fence.
The batsman has just watchfully blocked this out.
FOUR! Lovely footwork! Gill dances down the track to a full ball outside off and drills his drive down the ground to long off for a boundary.
Dom Bess is into the attack. He dismissed Kohli in the first innings and Root is again banking on him.
Very full and close to off, Virat defends it to covers to end the over, a successful one for England. 58/2
Flatter and shorter on off, Kohli goes on the back foot this time and defends it to the off side.
Flighted and full outside off, Virat is on the front foot in defense.
Virat Kohli walks in next at number 4.
OUT! First wicket falls on Day 5 for India. Beauty of a delivery. Leach lands it full and on middle, gives it a good toss, Pujara gets forward and tries to work it on the leg side at the last moment. But it jumps, takes the shoulder of his bat and Stokes takes a superb catch stretching to his left at first slip. Pujara will be a little disappointed with himself, had he played it out with a straight bat, then he could have defended it down despite the extra bounce.
Flatter and a touch shorter on off, Shubman goes back and punches it through covers for a run.
A tossed up delivery but too full in length on middle, Gill jams it down to mid on.
Back of a length delivery outside off, coming slowly off the surface, Pujara hangs on the back foot and taps it down towards point. 57/1
Fuller length delivery, close to off, Pujara defends it near his front pad and pushes it to covers.
Bangs in a bouncer around middle and leg, Pujara lets it be with ease. Archer is trying to mix up his length and pace.
Archer delivers a knuckle delivery, slower in pace and very full on middle, Pujara does well to defend it back.
Full this time, around off, Pujara pushes it off his front foot to short extra cover.
Good length ball on off, Pujara stays back and defends it down on the off side.
Gets on the front foot to a full ball around off and defends it safely. 57/1
PITCH MISBEHAVES! Excellent delivery. This one lands full and around off, Gill is forward in defense but the ball shoots up and spins past the outside edge. Beats the keeper and slip for FOUR BYES! That will sow a seed of doubt in the batsmen's minds.
The batsman has just watchfully blocked this out.
Leach pushes it quicker through the air, flat and on middle, Gill turns it off his pads to the leg side, finds mid-wicket.
Floated and full around off, Gill gets on the front foot and defends it watchfully.
Extra flight, it drops full around leg, Gill pushes it down to mid on.
On a good length close to off, Pujara sticks back and defends it close to his body. It rolls to covers and a loud shout of no follows. 53/1
Pitches it up and in the line of the stumps, Gill uses his wrists and flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a run. No issues whatsoever so far for India.
Good length ball on middle, defended off the back foot to mid on.
Angling in a full length ball on off, Gill brings down a straight bat and defends it back. The extra cover fielder moves to his right to make a diving stop.
Back of a length delivery outside off, Gill stays on the back foot and gently plays it through cover-point. Straightaway calls two and gets them easily.
Good length delivery in the channel outside off, shaping away slightly, with the shine, Gill offers no shot.
Flatter this time, around middle, defended back to the bowler. 50/1 are India. 50/1
Ooops...this one keeps low after landing around off, Gill does well to go down low and keep it out to square leg for a run.
A touch short and on off, Gill works it on the leg side but finds mid-wicket.
Loopy and full on middle, Gill draws forward and blocks it back safely.
That is defended solidly off the front foot.
Full and floated on off, Pujara advances down the track and drives it to the left of mid off for a run.
A wayward delivery. On a good length and wide outside off, further shaping away, Gill allows it through and Buttler has to dive to collect it in front of first slip. Troubled his keeper more than the batsman, Jofra! 48/1
A bouncer first up to Gill. It's served around off and Shubman sits underneath it.
Quietly played. Fullish and around off, Pujara eases it softly in the gap at covers for a quick run.
Good length ball angling in around off, Cheteshwar stays back and is solidly behind the line in defense.
Lands it full and close to off again, Pujara plays it near to his body and pushes it with an angled bat to covers.
Begins with a fuller length ball on off, slower in pace at 126 kph, Pujara is on the front foot in defense.
Jofra Archer to operate from the other end. Will he get some reverse going?
Too full in length on off, Gill drives it firmly through the line but finds the cover fielder. Good first over for India, 8 runs off it! 47/1
Excellent leave. Full and flighted on off, turning away, Gill covers his stumps and allows it through.
Gets on the front foot to a full ball and defends it back.
Sliding down the leg side, this time Gill fails to work it off his pads.
Flatter and a touch shorter again, around off, Gill stays back and hits it in front of square leg for a couple. The siren goes off and it's a no ball.
FOUR! Gill is away on Day 5 in style! A long hop around off, Shubman is on the back foot immediately as he pulls it delightfully to the deep mid-wicket fence. He won't let loose balls go unpunished.
Starts with a fuller length ball on the pads, Pujara nudges it behind square leg and takes a single.
Enough of talking, let's dive in! The men concerned are on the field. Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara are the overnight batsmen. Will it be a terrific Tuesday for India? Straightaway, Jack Leach is into the attack. Let's play...
A quick interview with James Anderson. The English seamer says that it is going to be a hard day for them and adds that they saw India showing good fight recently in Australia. Mentions that it will be a day of hard work. Tells that the surface is very abrasive and they are not far away from getting reverse. He is looking forward to work well in tandem with the spinners.
Which team is on top? You will see the scorecard and say England. And it's true as well. But the way they were defensive in their approach last evening was bizarre. Before that, everyone waited for them to declare but they kept on batting and eventually got all out. Was the Pant factor playing too much in their minds? It appeared that they watched the Gabba Test too deeply and wanted to play it safe. Will that cost them a good chance to take the series lead? We will find out as the day progresses.
Something for the Indian fans to feel confident! Famous stats man, Mohandas Menon has tweeted - 'On the fifth final day at the Chepauk in Chennai... In 1986 - India made 347 in 86.5 overs to TIE the Test against Australia. In 2008 - India made 256/3 in 69.3 overs to win by six wickets against England (target - 387). Today - India need 381 (with 9 wickets) in 90 overs.' Are we in for another miraculous result for the home team?
Greetings, everyone! After four days of engrossing action, here we are waiting to find out the result of the first Chennai Test. 9 wickets and 381 runs - that's the equation! Two results look more probable at the moment - England's win or a draw but after what happened at the Gabba, you have to give an outside chance to India as well. Having said that, to score these many runs on a turning Chepauk pitch is next to impossible. Whichever way you slice it, one thing is guaranteed - A fascinating day to cap off this Test match. Stay tuned for more...
... DAY 5, SESSION 1 ...
Right then. It has been an intriguing 4 days of Test cricket and this game is heading right into the wire now. 381 needed for India to win. England needs 9 wickets to take the first Test and let's not forget, that a draw is also on the cards. A wonderful final day of the Test cricket beckons and with everything on the line, it will be interesting to see which team comes out on top. So join us for Day 5 at 0930 local (0400 GMT). Until then, stay safe and cheers!
Ishant Sharma is in for a chat. He starts by saying that it has been a roller coaster ride but adds he has enjoyed it. Tells there are a lot of mentors in his life who have taught him how to bowl in the subcontinent and abroad. Smiles and says his body is a bit sore as he has played just shorter formats and bowled 35 overs. Tells if they get a good start on Day 5, they can chase it down as they have a fearless target. On how he felt of the pitch, Ishant smiles and says he felt like they were playing on the road in the first two days. Tells the ball started to spin after that. Ishant feels they bowled well and did a good job to restrict them on the first day on a flat-track.
A day with which England will be very happy. This is exactly what their plan was - to bundle the Indian tail quickly before the Lunch break, then come out and add some more quick runs and ensure that their lead is a big, fat one and then have a go at the Indian openers right towards the end of the day and hopefully snare some wickets. The only thing that they will be slightly unhappy with is that they could only remove one Indian batter but they will still be happy with how things have panned out for them. Both their spinners, Bess and Leach were also making the ball talk towards the end of the day and the signs are looking good for the visitors heading into Day 5.
The day started nicely enough for the Indians as the duo of Sundar and Ashwin battled it out for the first hour, but once Ashwin fell, the batting just collapsed. India came out with fire, with the ball, and were just phenomenal as they were right on the money right from ball one as Ashwin bundled Burns on the first delivery. India kept chipping away at the wickets while the English players kept trying to add to their massive lead. Led by Ashwin, who snared 6 wickets, they bundled the English Lions for 178. Coming out with the blade, they would have been hoping that Rohit and Gill could fend off the challenge until Stumps but Rohit could not hang around and the duo of Gill and Pujara ensured no more casualties occurred.
Wow, what a brilliant day of cricket we have witnessed! Simply superb. Both India and England were ferocious in their approach and it is due to their efforts that this Test is going right to the wire. Sure, it looks tough and the total seems big to scale down for the hosts, but that's what was said about the final Test at the 'Gabba between India and Australia last month and we all know what happened in that game, don't we?
Flatter ball on off, Gill goes on his back foot and then defends it back to the bowler. STUMPS ON DAY 4. 39/1
Shorter and on middle, Pujara works it to deep square leg for a single.
Shorter and on middle, Gill tucks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
Flighted on middle, Gill works it to mid-wicket.
On middle, Shubman goes on the back foot and then defends it out.
Quicker on middle, Gill defends it back to the bowler.
Shorter and outside off, Pujara punches it though the extra cover region for a couple of runs. 37/1
Flatter ball outside off, punched to cover.
Tossed up outside off, CP prods forward and then lets it go to the keeper.
Flatter ball outside off, Pujara leaves it alone.
Tossed up on off, Pujara plays it to point.
Flighted ball on middle, Pujara nudges it to mid-wicket.
Quicker on middle, tucked to short leg. 35/1
Flatter ball on middle, Gill works it to short mid-wicket.
Flighted ball on off, Gill uses his feet and then defends it back to the bowler.
Tossed up on middle, Pujara nudges it to backward square leg for a single.
Flatter ball on middle, Pujara plays it towards mid on for nothing.
Loopy ball on middle, Pujara flicks it to short mid-wicket.
Bess time! Dom Bess is into the attack for the first time in this innings. He bowled beautifully in the first innings. Can he do the job in the second as well?
Flighted ball on the pads, Gill nudges it to mid-wicket. 34/1
Tossed up on off, defended to silly point.
Flatter ball on the pads, Shubman works it to square leg.
Floated ball on off, punched back to the bowler.
Fuller on the pads, SG works it to mid-wicket.
Full ball on middle, Gill pushes it to mid on.
Back of a length ball on off, Pujara goes back in his crease and then blocks it to cover. 34/1
Full ball on middle, Pujara drives it to mid on.
Good length ball on middle, defended out solidly.
On a length on middle, CP nudges it to mid-wicket.
Back of a length ball around middle and leg, Pujara looks to tuck it on the leg side but hits his thigh pad and lobs to short leg.
Good length ball on middle, Pujara defends it out.
Loopy ball outside off, left alone by Gill. 34/1
Tossed up on the pads, Gill is solid in defense.
Full ball on the pads, Gill nudges it to mid-wicket.
Flatter ball outside off, Pujara punches it to deep cover for a single.
Tossed up on the pads, Pujara flicks it to backward square leg for a couple of runs.
Quicker on off, Pujara defends it to cover.
On a length on off, Gill blocks it to cover. 31/1
Good length ball on middle, defended out.
Full ball on the pads, Gill pushes it to mid on.
Back of a length ball on off, Gill plays it back to the bowler.
Full ball on the pads, Pujara flicks it to the deep mid-wicket region for a single.
Good length and on middle, Gill flicks this one through mid-wicket for a single.
Anderson time! James Anderson is into the attack for the first time in this innings.
Full on off, Pujara defends it out. 29/1
FOUR! Nicely timed and cut away! Short ball outside off, Pujara cuts it through the cover-point region for a boundary.
Flatter ball on middle, Pujara defends it back to the bowler.
India's new wall, Cheteshwar Pujara, marches to the crease.
OUT! TIMBER! What a ripper from Jack Leach! Just a ripper! That will get England going! Superb delivery and it sends Rohit Sharma back to the pavilion. Tossed up on middle, it spins away after pitching. Sharma prods forward to defend but misses and the ball goes onto hit the off stump. Wow, simply brilliant. Leach did not have a good time in the first innings but has started well in the second. India need 395 more.
Tossed up on off, Sharma prods forward and then defends it to point.
Floated ball outside off, Sharma leaves it alone.
Short ball on the pads, Rohit pulls it to fine leg for a single. 25/0
SIX! This time a lot more convincing! Short ball on middle, Sharma rocks back on the back foot and then pulls it over deep square leg for a maximum.
FOUR! In the air but safe! Short ball on middle, Sharma looks to pull but it goes off the toe end of the bat towards the deep mid-wicket region for a boundary.
Back of a length ball on off, Gill just plays it to the off side and takes a quick run.
Sharma is off the mark! Good length ball on off, Rohit taps it to point for a single.
Full ball outside off, Sharma lets it through to the keeper.
Tossed up on middle, Shubman defends it back to the bowler. 12/0
Full and on off, Gill pushes it to cover.
Floated ball outside off, Gill shoulders arms.
FOUR! Flicked away nicely! Very full on the pads, Gill flicks it through the fine leg region for another boundary.
FOUR! Superb timing from Gill! Flatter ball on middle and leg, Gill just times this through the mid-wicket region for a boundary. No chance for the fielder chasing after it.
Tossed up on off, Gill pushes it to mid off.
Full ball outside off, Sharma lets it go to Buttler. 4/0
Full ball on off, Sharma prods forward and then blocks it to the off side.
PLAY AND A MISS! Not needed from Sharma! Good length ball outside off, Sharma looks to punch it off the back foot but misses as the ball keeps a little low.
On a length outside off, Sharma once again makes a leave.
Back of a length ball on middle, Sharma hops and looks to defend but gets hit high on the bat.
Good length ball outside off, Sharma shoulders arms to it.
FOUR! Wonderful shot from Gill! Slightly short on middle, Gill goes on his back foot and then pulls it to the deep mid-wicket region for a boundary. 4/0
Full on middle, Gill uses his feet and then looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
Tossed up on middle, Shubman defends it back to the bowler.
Slower through the air outside off, Gill shoulders arms to it.
Floated ball outside off, Gill prods forward and then decides to leave it alone.
Leach starts with a flatter ball on off, Gill goes on his back foot and then defends it to point.
Jack Leach to share the new ball with Archer.
A maiden to start from Jofra Archer! Good length ball on middle, Sharma defends it back to the bowler. 0/0
Short ball around middle, Sharma looks to pull at first but then decides to let it go. Buttler hops and collects.
Good length ball outside off, Sharma lets it go to the keeper.
Another full ball outside off, Sharma has no problems in leaving it alone.
Full ball outside off, Sharma watches it carefully and then shoulders arms to it.
We are back for India's fourth innings! The England players make their way out to the middle, followed by Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. Jofra Archer will start with the ball.
Anderson starts with a good length ball outside off, Sharma leaves it alone.