Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live broadcast of Day 4 of the first test between India and England from MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
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One hour for the action to resume. Will England push India even lower and impose a sequel?
Numbers game – Day 3
The madness and misery of the pants
Rishabh Pant has recorded three 50+ scores in his last five test heats: 91, 89 *, 23, 97 and 36.
Pant has now registered three scores of over 90 points in India while not crossing the 100 point mark (92, 92 and 91).
The pants recorded four 90+ scores, the joined-second-most by a wicket keeper in the test history. MS Dhoni leads the list with five of these cases.
Ravichandran Ashwin played up to 55.1 overs in the opening innings – most played by him in a test round.
Their previous record was 53.0 against Australia in Adelaide, 2011/12.
Ashwin too became the fifth bowler and the third from India to complete 300 test wickets in Asia. He is now behind Muttiah Muralitharan (612), Anil Kumble (419) and Rangana Herath (354). Ashwin with 300 tied Harbhajan Singh on the list.
England punishes India on the pitch
England played up to 190.1 overs to score 578 in the opening innings
It’s the India’s longest first trial cricket heats (overs) since 2004/05 when South Africa beat 190.4 overs against India (Kanpur). England are the fourth team to beat more than 190 overs in India since 2000.
After a third consecutive day of dominating England, India is in dire straits facing the visitor in a performance contrasting with its Gabba heist 20 days ago.
After England jeopardized India’s first pair early in a fire spell from Jofra Archer, India’s top batsmen Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane succumbed to interruptions from Dom Bess in a display rather poor against the effects.
How much does India need to avoid a follow-up against England in the 1st Chennai Test?
Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant have survived long enough to salvage a few imperfections as the duo’s 119-year partnership has put India in good stead. But it was Dom Bess’s day to deploy to Chennai as he smashed Pujara and menacing pants early enough as India leaned further on Day 3.
With the local boys, Sundar and Ashwin in the middle, India is fighting to avoid a follow-up which is still a difficult 121 meters.
IND vs ENG 1st Test Day 3 Highlights: Sundar and Ashwin lead India 257/6; IND trails by 321 tracks
England captain Joe Root was right about the three days, having dominated every session and game scenario so far.
What they said
“I think he’s a world class player and one of the best. But it’s that process and that’s what I’m looking forward to. I kept it in one place and then we went straight to (Ollie) Pope (outfielder) ” Dom bess on the dismissal of Virat Kohli.
“It [the aggression] was not part of the game plan. We just wanted to beat normally. When we play in India the score rate is always higher. Rishabh loves to face bowlers. It’s just. This is his game and this is how he should play ” Cheteshwar Pujara on Rishabh Pant’s attack instincts.
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England XI: Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Dan Lawrence, Joe Root (vs), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (week), Dom Bess, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, James Anderson
India XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (vs), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh pants (week), R Ashwin, W Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem
Toss: England won the Toss and chose to beat first