Set a mammoth 521 to chase in the final innings, England’s troubles were compounded on day four with Ishant Sharma striking in the very first over.
Resuming from their overnight score of 23-0, the hosts lost Keaton Jennings to the fifth ball of the day after he was caught behind off the bowling of Ishant. The Indian pacer struck again in his next over when he found the edge off Alastair Cook’s bat which was safely claimed by KL Rahul at second slip.
Joe Root and Ollie Pope then briefly resisted the Indian attack before Jasprit Bumrah brought an end to their partnership. The Indian pacer had Root (13) caught at second slip as England were reduced to 62-3. In the very next over, Mohammed Shami dismissed Pope with Kohli completing an excellent catch in the slip cordon. The hosts were placed at 84-4 when lunch was taken on day four.
Post lunch, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler have resisted the Indian attack and have formed a stubborn partnership. Buttler, who was dropped on one by Rishabh Pant, brought up a fine half-century as India remain in search for a fifth wicket. The duo remained unbeaten as the tea break arrived with the score at 174-4.
England resumed steadily and Buttler’s uncharacteristically conservative innings fittingly brought up his maiden Test ton, with Stokes also remaining entrenched at the crease after tea. However, when Buttler shouldered arms to Bumrah, India gained a vital breakthrough.
And it looked all but over when the injured Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes fell in swift succession to a lethal Bumrah, who swiftly completed his five-for. He and Hardik Pandya reduced England to 311-9, with Adil Rashid and Jimmy Anderson hanging on for dear life at stumps.
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