India vs England 2021: India bowl out England for 178 and reach 39/1 on Day 4 but have huge task at hand

India have a very difficult task on Day 5 tomorrow to save the first Test against England.

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Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates a wicket

As many as 15 wickets fell on a fascinating day 4’s play in the first Test between India and England. The hosts fought back well after getting bowled out in the first session of the day but the visitors ended the day well and truly on top by picking up the crucial wicket of Rohit Sharma before stumps. India now have yet another huge task at hand to rescue the Test and preventing England from going 1-0 up in the series.

Earlier, resuming on 257/6, local boys Washington Sundar and Ravichandran Ashwin looked solid in their partnership but the new ball brought the end of the latter who was deceived by extra bounce from spinner Jack Leach’s delivery. Even as Sundar stroked his way to a fantastic 85*, the rest of the tailenders crumbled around him which meant a maiden Test century in his second Test was denied. India were bowled out for 337, 241 runs adrift of England’s total but the follow-on was not enforced.

India bowl out England for 178 but lose Rohit later

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Jack Leach celebrates the wicket of Rohit Sharma

England’s innings got off to the worst start possible as Ravichandran Ashwin removed Rory Burns off the very first ball of the innings. The wickets then kept coming for India as the likes of Dom Sibley, Dan Lawrence and Ben Stokes all got out after getting starts. Joe Root looked threatening in his stay but was sent packing by a terrific delivery from Jasprit Bumrah that trapped him in front.

Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler and Dom Bess then added some handy runs before perishing to ensure India got a big target of 420 to win the match. Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers with 6 wickets that took his tally in the match to 9. The Indian openers were then given less than an hour to negotiate and Rohit Sharma continued to disappoint as he was out bowled by a turning delivery from Leach. Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara then saw the day out and took India to 39/1 at stumps still 381 runs adrift of the target.


England – 1st innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsBalls
Rory Burnsc Pant b Ashwin3360
Dom Sibleylbw b Bumrah87286
Dan Lawrencelbw b Bumrah05
Joe Rootlbw b Nadeem218377
Ben Stokesc Pujara b Nadeem82118
Ollie Popelbw b Ashwin3489
Jos Buttlerb Ishant3051
Dom Besslbw b Bumrah34105
Jofra Archerb Ishant01
Jack Leachnot out1457
James Andersonb Ashwin112

Total – 578 all-out in 190.1 overs

Ishant Sharma27522
Jasprit Bumrah36843
Ravichandran Ashwin55.11463
Shahbaz Nadeem441672
Washington Sundar26980
Rohit Sharma270

India – 1st innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsBalls
Rohit Sharmac Buttler b Archer69
Shubman Gillc Anderson b Archer2928
Cheteshwar Pujarac Burns b Bess73143
Virat Kohlic Pope b Bess1148
Ajinkya Rahanec Root b Bess16
Rishabh Pantc Leach b Bess9188
Washington Sundarnot out85138
Ravichandran Ashwinc Buttler b Leach3191
Shahbaz Nadeemc Stokes b Leach012
Ishant Sharmac Pope b Anderson411
Jasprit Bumrahc Stokes b Anderson02

Total – 337 all-out in 95.5 overs

James Anderson16.5462
Jofra Archer21752
Ben Stokes6160
Jack Leach241052
Dom Bess26764
Joe Root2140

England – 2nd innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsBalls
Rory Burnsc Rahane b Ashwin01
Dom Sibleyc Pujara b Ashwin1637
Dan Lawrencelbw b Ishant1847
Joe Rootlbw b Bumrah4032
Ben Stokesc Pant b Ashwin712
Ollie Popec Rohit b Nadeem2832
Jos Buttlerst Pant b Nadeem2440
Dom Besslbw b Ashwin2555
Jofra Archerb Ashwin510
Jack Leachnot out818
James Andersonc & b Ashwin02

Total – 178 all-out in 46.3 overs

Ravichandran Ashwin17.3616
Shahbaz Nadeem15662
Ishant Sharma7241
Jasprit Bumrah6261
Washington Sundar110

India – 2nd innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsBalls
Rohit Sharmab Leach1220
Shubman Gillbatting1535
Cheteshwar Pujarabatting1223

Total – 39/1 in 13 overs

Jofra Archer3130
Jack Leach6211
James Anderson220
Dom Bess230

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