4th Test: Any result possible on Day 5

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England are on course to chase a whopping 368-run target set by India.

Without losing a wicket on Day 4, the hosts look all set for a tough fight to save the test or even win it.

England are 77/0 on their pursuit to rewrite history.

This will be the highest-ever run chase from the Englishmen if they accomplish it.

They need another 291 runs in 90 overs on Day 5. The biggest target that England have chased down is 362/9 at Headingley.

It’s incredible how India have weaved a web around the hosts, put themselves in the driving seat despite a horrific start to the Test where the entire side was bundled out for merely 191 runs.

England openers stand tall

Chasing a big total is often dependent on how the openers treat the new ball.

So far, the Englishmen will be happy with what they have seen.

After a duck in the first inning, Haseeb Hameed has been in brilliant touch.

The right-handed opener, who is making a case for himself in the Ashes series, has already got 43 runs in the brief play on Day 4.

Burns seems solid on 31* as well.

With how everything looks so far, if the England openers can stretch their stand to 150, the hosts could make history at the Oval.

It was stunning to see how they handled Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah.

The India pace cartel kept on testing the openers with variations, but the Burns-Hameed duo looked unshakeable.

Their prolonged partnership was monumental in England’s victory in the third Test as well. So this isn’t something new for them.

Virat Kohli has a Mo problem

Day 4 of the 4th Test had everyone looking forward to Virat Kohli’s crispy cover drives and flicks.

Kohli looked in a sublime shape until he reached 40*.

The Indian skipper then had a long haul with Rishabh Pant where he did not trouble the scorers for a good half hour.

He then departed for 44, courtesy of a brilliant Moeen Ali delivery.

The England spinner got Kohli in a similar manner the English pace cartel has been dismissing him.

Ali got him caught at first slip to Craig Overton.

He looked visibly angry on his way back to the hut.

A video of the Indian skipper punching the door of the dressing room is also making rounds on social media.

Thakur lights the Oval

Shardul Thakur has been superb with the bat.

When it comes to handling Jimmy Anderson and co, the India all-rounder did well under pressure to add a gritty fifty to his name.

Thakur’s 60 off 72 could be the nail in the coffin for the hosts.

Just when the Englishmen were rejoicing the wicket of Kohli, Thakur took charge.

He took a few balls to settle in then went berserk alongside wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.

The lefty-righty duo put up a 100-run stand.

After Joe Root got the better of Thakur and Moeen Ali dismissed pant on 50, the tailenders put up a fight as well.

Jasprit Bumrah crisped four fours to score 24 runs.

Umesh Yadav did not hold back either.

The pacer smashed two sixes and a four to score 25 off 23.

Hence, India finished at 466 to set up an intriguing final day.

England 290 and 77 for 0 (Hameed 43*, Burns 31*) need 291 more runs to beat India 191 and 466 (Rohit 127, Pujara 61, Thakur 60, Pant 50, Woakes 3-83)


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