By Shrey Siddharth
Day 4 of the Chennai test saw witnessed some quality test cricket. When it seemed the match would be a one-sided affair, Indians showed real class and intent to pull things back. In the first session Indian innings came to an end with 337 on the board, Pant being the highest scorer with 91 and Dom Bess the pick of the bowlers with 4-76. Here are a few highlights from the day:-
Sundar’s Batting Brilliance:-
When the English bowlers looked to end the Indian innings, in came Washington Sundar and at a young age of 21 showed immense temperament and courage. After he played out the pressure situation yesterday, Sundar took on the English bowlers. His straight lofted drive for 6 against Anderson off a reverse swinging delivery was a treat to watch and was possibly the shot of the match. He scored an unbeaten 85, missing out on a well deserved century.
Ashwin’s fiery spell:-
England had a chance to enforce follow-on as they had a lead of 242 runs, but they decided to bat instead. That didn’t stop Ashwin to bring in one of his most memorable performances in his homeground. After dismissing Burns off the first delivery in 2nd innings became the 3rd ever spinner in test history, a rare occurrence in the last 100 years. He achieving his 28th five wicket haul, Ashwin finished with the magical figure of 6-61.
England looked to score quickly to increase the lead and were bundled out for 178. Joe Root bludgeoned the Indian spinners before he was out LBW by Bumrah for 40 off 32. Ishant Sharma achieved his 300th wicket in test cricket when he dismissed Lawrence. Nadeem also picked 2 wickets. India were asked to bat for the remaining 13 overs. Rohit got bowled out by Leach with a classic delivery for just 12. At the end of the day India scored 39-1, with Gill and Pujara unbeaten at 15 and 12 respectively. With the test match on the line, will India fire big and chase down the mammoth total of 420, or will they show patience and resilience to negotiate the 90 overs? The stage is all set for the final day.