Fickle weather on day four prevented India from closing in on a big win in the fourth Test but they were well on course for their maiden series victory in Australia after forcing the hosts to follow-on at home for the first time since 1988. This is just remarkable from him. They will have to sort out their batting and look to do better. Umpire says not out as it looked going the leg-side. The complete performance was lacking.
England reach 72 for no loss. Will we witness a crazy jailbreak from the hosts or will we see the fall of the last wicket after the break? They take two runs from it. It is unlikely that Shardul Thakur will make his Test debut just yet. What a match it has been! The first hundred at Adelaide was special. However, Dinesh Karthik bucked that trend by convincing the selectors to give him a recall ahead of injured wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha.
Umesh Yadav continues for India, which is a bit surprising. Every format has been dominated and every format has been won. England move on to 177 for 4. Amit Mishra finally gets a googly and he gets a wicket. On being asked what was said during the break, he says that they knew it was just a matter of one wicket. Squads: England: Joe Root c , Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Jamie Porter, Sam Curran, James Anderson, Stuart Broad. Rain has been coming down heavily in Birmingham in the past few days and that may force India to go in with a pace-heavy attack.
Figuring out their best combination and who will have what role will be a must, followed closely by reading the conditions better and deciding on their tactics. Cook and Jennings have survived a testing first hour in Chennai. He has five wickets for 46 runs in Chennai. England win by 42 runs and whitewash Sri Lanka 3-0, an achievement for them outside home after 56 long years. Earlier in the match, England skipper Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat first in the Alastair Cook farewell test meanwhile Virat Kohli make another record of losing all the 5 tosses of a Test Series.
Ashwin gets his name in the wickets column. Another change in bowling as Umesh Yadav comes in to attack in place of. How good a performance this has been from Jadeja. Credits Sri Lanka for pushing them. That's what matters then and the hosts have fallen, but not without a fight. By subscribing to this product you acknowledge and accept that our Partners may choose to contact you with offers of their products and services. If the first game was close, then this was the complete contrast.
It is expected that the groundsmen will shave a few bits off before the first ball. Pujara returned at number three in the home series against South Africa 2015 and status quo was maintained for six Tests before he was dropped again for the third Test in West Indies St. Just a single from his over. Rahane backtracks from first slip and takes a dolly. India are trying had to get the first wicket of the day. A couple of boundaries in that over.
They were always ahead in the game one felt, and despite the tough fight that the hosts showed from time to time over the duration of the Test, England were still favorites to win. At the close of play, England lead by 154 runs with eight wickets remaining. What a catch, what a catch by him. One of the major disappointment for them was the batting form of Kusal Mendis, who barring the last innings, failed to contribute much. With both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah unavailable, India have to think long and hard about the combination they choose to field.
It has been a lot of fun covering all these matches and there was a good contest between bat and ball. The little extra was what was lacking as they lost yet another close game. Can he get his sixth wicket here? They still trail by 261 runs. Nevertheless, there are bound to be changed in the playing eleven for some vital members of the squad are now seemingly bereft of confidence. The ball is sliding down but Ball Tracker feels that it would have clipped the leg stump.