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England versus India Live Score: First Test Day 4: England had their best day of the trip on Day 3, but if India makes early gains on Sunday, it might be too little, too late. Ollie Pope’s century put them ahead by 126 runs, but late in the day, India’s wicket of Ben Foakes represented a major turning point. In order to reduce the amount of effort they would have to do in their own innings, India would now be looking to end England’s second innings as quickly as possible.
After India had reduced England to 163-5 in their second innings during the day’s second session, with a lead of 190 runs, the tourists had taken a chance on losing in less than three days. Even though India are certain to take the series 1-0, Pope stuck with it, striking 17 fours in a 274-minute masterpiece to create possibly his finest performance. With four wickets remaining, England finished the third day on 316/6, a commanding advantage, thanks to Rehan Ahmed keeping Pope company at 16.
India, who haven’t lost a home Test series since 2012–13, responded with 436 to England’s 246 in the first innings. As a result, England was left with a mountain to climb, and the visiting batters did not take cover behind any barriers. In order to neutralize India’s spinners, openers Ben Duckett (47), and Zak Crawley (31) scored freely, often using the sweep stroke (both classic and reverse). While Crawley was moving at a run-a-ball pace, he was unable to convert the opening over and managed to edge a ball from Ravichandran Ashwin to Rohit Sharma at lone slip.
When Jasprit Bumrah’s lbw appeal was denied and India did not review the ruling, Duckett, who was 39 at the time, was fortunate. The ball would have struck the leg stump, according to replays. It didn’t matter, though, since Bumrah uprooted Duckett’s off-stump and roared in his subsequent over.
Bumrah appeared especially menacing as the ball began to reverse. He hit Root with a length ball that struck his front pad, and although the batter protested the lbw call, it was upheld. Root, who claimed 4-79 in his stellar performance as a part-time spinner, left for two.
By first spinning one past the bat and then following it with a delivery that pitched on the same location but went straight, Ravindra Jadeja fooled Johnny Bairstow (ten). Anticipating that the ball would turn, Bairstow offered no shot and watched in horror as it continued to disrupt his stumps. Ben Stokes was removed by Ashwin for the 12th time in the test series after he hit the off-stump with a flighted delivery that beat the pad. Axar Patel dismissed Pope at 110, but he and Ben Foakes went on to put up a century stand for the sixth wicket.