The 4th day brought up further miseries for India. Once again, Indian bowling looked pretty much ordinary and way below standard. Earlier on, India were bundled at a score of 330 runs and they trailed England’s first innings by 239 runs but England chose not to enforce the follow on and opted to bat again. England imposed a mammoth target of 445 runs to India in the 4th innings. Again, Indian top order provided with a hugely upsetting effort and they collapsed irresponsibly when the team desperately needed long partnerships. Throughout the day there has been some notable performances from both the sides. Here is the list of HITS and FLOPS.
FLOPS of The Day
- Cheteshwar Pujara: India were struggling from an early blow in the form of Murali Vijay and desperately needed a partnership to save the game. This man came in and failed for yet another time when the team needed him the most. Really he is going through a sheer bad patch. He edged a ball off Moeen Ali when he was at only 2 runs and was caught.
- Pankaj Singh: The debutant’s game has not been something worthwhile for him. He had bowled a disastrous spell in the first innings. Today, he repeated his first innings. English batsmen did not face slightest difficulty to score off him. He went wicketless and conceded 33 runs in his 3 overs.
- Virat Kohli: The most consistent player of the Indian squad in the recent times failed consistently throughout the series. Prior to his today’s innings, he was yet to score a half century from the past 5 innings in England. And today, he did get a good start but failed to convert and was dismissed for 28 runs.
- Mohammad Shami: The England series has been a disappointing one for this leading Indian pacer. He failed to make an impact and today was no exception to it. He gave away 24 runs in 4 overs and wicketless. Such figures are far below standards for a quality of pacer like him.
HITS Of The Day
- Alastair Cook: The English captain seemed to have regained his form. After scoring a brilliant knock of 95 runs in the first innings, he shone once again today and scored a valiant knock of 70 runs to put his team in cruise control to the game.
- Moeen Ali: This par time spinner came up with golden colours for England today. He bowled with sheer consistent line and length and troubled the Indian batsmen considerably. He gave just 33 runs in his 12 overs and had taken 2 priceless wickets.
- Joe Root: This England batsman paced the English score considerably. His fiery innings of 56 runs off 41 deliveries did place England in the comfort zone. To add to the misery of the Indians, he even came handy with the ball and took the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan to keep his team in full control of the match.