Latest Cricket News: The fourth day of the ongoing Test between India and England started off perfectly for the hosts, with some early blows. Early in the opening session, Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane were removed, while Moeen Ali claimed the crucial wicket of Virat Kohli a few minutes later. India’s score was 312/6 at the moment, and the home team was leading.
When Shardul Thakur and Rishabh Pant joined hands, England was only one wicket away from catching India’s tail. Things were quite evenly balanced at the moment, and the game could have gone either way after lunch.
In the second session, the two batters stepped out to bat and pulled the game entirely out of England’s hands as they piled runs for pleasure.
England squanders a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
The circumstances were ideal for batting, as Thakur and Pant wreaked havoc on the English bowlers with some great strokeplay. When there was a huge mix-up between the wickets, England finally got their chance to terminate the partnership.
Rishabh Pant called for a quick single as he pushed an Ollie Robinson delivery down the leg side. Shardul Thakur, on the other hand, was uninterested in the chase on the other end. Pant was halfway down the crease when Moeen Ali missed the stumps with a throw to the striker’s end.
With the ball travelling towards Haseeb Hameed, the fielder backing up, it appeared that England might still be able to run out Pant. However, the English fielder failed to collect the ball on the first attempt, and Pant was safely home before he could return the ball to Jonny Bairstow, leaving Joe Root obviously frustrated with the sequence of events.
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At The Oval, Thakur and Pant both hit fifty
The wasted opportunity cost England dearly, as the pair went on to put up a century-plus partnership for the seventh wicket. Both batsmen were bowled soon after attaining their fifties, but they had taken India’s lead to over 300 runs, putting them in command of the fourth Test. Pant’s knock ended on 50 off 106, compared to Thakur’s 60 off 72.
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