On a day dominated by the bat, India toiled hard to break the England opening stand after posting 466 runs in their second innings for a target of 368 runs at the Oval, London. At the close of play on Day 4 of the fourth Test, England were 77/0 in 32 overs with Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed unbeaten on 43 off 85 and 31 off 109 balls respectively. India still have a cushion of 291 runs, but the match looks like heading for a draw with the pitch remaining true. Earlier, India were bowled out about 20 minutes into the final session with Umesh Yadav (25) the last wicket to fall. The tail wagged with Jasprit Bumrah (24) also contributing. The innings lasted 148.2 overs. Shardul Thakur (60 off 72) struck his second fifty of the match and shared a hundred-run stand with Rishabh Pant (50 off 106) to put India in a strong position. Two wickets fell in the afternoon session with India scoring 116 runs at close to 4.5 runs per over. India reached 329 for six at lunch. Resuming the day at 270 for three, India lost three wickets in the morning session including of skipper Virat Kohli (44 off 96). Chris Woakes removed Ravindra Jadeja (17) and Ajinkya Rahane (0) whose struggles continued. On Saturday, Rohit Sharma hit his first hundred in overseas conditions to bring India back in the match after England took a 99-run first innings lead. Catch Day 4 highlights and cricket scores of the fourth Test match between England and India.
11:21 PM IST: Stumps
A defiant opening stand from Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed means India still need to take all ten wickets on the final day. And England need 291 runs.
England 290 and 77 for no loss in 32 overs (Haseeb Hameed 43 batting, Rory Burns 31 batting).
India 191 and 466 all out in 148.2 overs (Rohit Sharma 127, Cheteshwar Pujara 61, KL Rahul 46, Virat Kohli 44, Shardul Thakur 60, Risbah Pant 50; Ollie Robinson 2/105, Chris Woakes 3/83).
8:55 PM IST: Craig Overton gets Umesh Yadav (25). India set a 368-run target.
8:31 PM IST: 43 overs left in the day. Players are out for the post-Tea session.
8:13 PM IST: Tea
India lead by 346 runs. Jasprit Bumrah (19) and Umesh Yadav (13) are unbeaten and have added 31 runs for the ninth wicket.
5:34 PM IST: Lunch
India lead by 230 runs with Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur unbeaten on 16 and 11 runs respectively.
India 191 and 329/6 (Rohit Sharma 127, Cheteshwar Pujara 61, KL Rahul 46, Virat Kohli 44; Ollie Robinson 2/84, James Anderson 1/58, Chris Woakes 2/47).
3:27 PM IST: Players are for the fourth day's play But there was COVID-19 scare, even talks of possible abandonment of the match.
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The BCCI medical team has isolated coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharath Arun, R. Sridhar, Fielding Coach and Nitin Patel, Physiotherapist, as a precautionary measure after Shastri’s lateral flow test returned positive last evening.