The fourth and final Test match between India and England kick-started on a fantastic note at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. England captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat first. The pitch was greenish and looked better compared to the one in the third Test match at the same venue.
This time around, England managed to get past 200+ total despite a shaky start. Earlier, England won the first Test match by 227 runs while Team India responded with a 317-run win. After that, India continued their dominance by beating the visitors by 10 wickets to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
On the other hand, England are out of the race for the ICC World Test Championship final. However, they can still ruin India’s hopes by winning the fourth Test match. If this happens, then Australia will book the ticket to Lord’s to play the final against New Zealand in June this year.
The equation for India to play the final is quite easy. They should not lose the match. The hosts must find a way to win the game or if things don’t go as per their plan, they can play for a draw and can still qualify. Coming to the point, Axar Patel dismissed Zak Crawley and Dominic Sibley.
After that, Mohammed Siraj got rid of Jonny Bairstow and England captain Joe Root. England all-rounder Ben Stokes came out to bat to provide his team with a ray of hope alongside Ollie Pope.
Match stopped after bail goes missing
Meanwhile, the play was stopped because one of the bails went missing. After the end of the 43rd over, Indian players including the on-field umpires were searching for the lost bail. However, upon observing the replay on the large screen, an interesting thing had happened.
Indian captain Virat Kohli picked up the ball from the mid-wicket only to throw it towards Rishabh Pant. Kohli hit the bull’s eye as both the bails flew high in the air. Meanwhile, one of the bails hopped and fell inside Pant’s left glove.
Finally, they managed to find the lost bail after watching the replay. It was quite a drama because this is a rare occurrence. The video clip is doing the rounds on the internet.
Watch the video below:
Virat Kohli & Co in driver’s seat
There is nothing much England could do to restore pride in the first innings. England all-rounder Ben Stokes tried his best by batting ever so well. However, he got out after scoring a brilliant 55 with the help of 6 fours and 2 sixes.
Daniel Lawrence also played his part by adding 46 with the help of 8 fours. In the end, the visitors were bowled out for 205 inside 76 overs. Axar Patel was the pick of the bowlers for Team India as he ended up with 4 wickets.
Veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took 3 wickets to his name. Mohammed Siraj and Washington Sundar took two and one wicket respectively. Team India are in commanding position as they did a great job in restricting the opposition to a decent total.
As far as Team India’s innings is concerned, they lost Shubman Gill for a duck. England’s top bowler James Anderson got his wicket. Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma are at the crease batting on 15 and 8 as India ended Day 1 with 24/1.