IND vs ENG Live: R Ashwin celebrates a wicket on Day 4 of the 2nd Test in Chennai.© BCCI
Hoping for a miracle, England need over 350 runs against India on Day 4 of the ongoing second Test match, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Chasing a target of 482 runs on a turning track, the visitors have already lost seven wickets and will be aiming to build some stability. Joe Root, who is currently unbeaten, will be aiming to build a steady partnership, and add some pressure on the Indian bowlers. Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel have been in fine form, taking three wickets each during England’s second innings. Meanwhile, Kuldeep Yadav has also registered a dismissal. On Day 3, India were bowled out for 286 in their second innings, with Ashwin slamming a ton and Virat Kohli scoring a half-century. (LIVE SCORECARD)
2nd Test, Day 4 Live Match Updates Between India (IND) vs England (ENG), Straight From MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
ENG: 116/7, Lunch | Need 366 runs
Foakes’ dismissal was the last delivery before Lunch. Both teams have left the field, and will be back for the post-lunch session. There have been four wickets in this session and Joe Root is currently unbeaten at 33. The visitors will be hoping for a miracle!
OUT!! Ben Foakes c Axar Patel b Kuldeep Yadav 2 (9)
Kuldeep tosses in a full delivery, on middle. Foakes tries to sweep it, but mishits it straight to Axar at midwicket for a simple catch.
Kuldeep overpitches his delivery, outside off. Foakes drives it through the covers for two runs.
Kuldeep tosses in a good delivery, on middle. Its dipping, and Root scoops it in the air. Siraj goes to his left from backward point and misses it.
Kuldeep tosses up a slow delivery, on middle. Root tries to reverse-sweep it, but does not make contact. It hits his pad.
OUT!!! Ollie Pope c Ishant Sharma b Axar Patel 12 (20)
Patel tosses a full delivery, through on off stump. Pope tries to slog-sweep it but scoops it instead to Ishant at deep midwicket for a catch.
In comes, Ben Foakes.
One run, ENG: 110/5 | Need 372 runs
Kuldeep tosses a short delivery on middle stump. It turns slowly and Pope goes on the backfoot to pull it away to long leg for a single.
A length delivery by Ishant, outside off. Pope smacks it behind point for a four!
Ashwin tosses up a full delivery, on middle. Root reverse-sweeps it through point for a four!
OUT! Ben Stokes c Virat Kohli b R Ashwin 8 (51)
A fuller delivery by Ashwin, from around the wicket. Stokes gets trapped and inside edges it onto the pad. It loops to Kohli, who dives to catch it at second slip.
In walks, Ollie Pope.
A good length delivery by Ishant, towards off. Root inside edges it through square leg. One run.
A reverse-swinging delivery by Ishant, towards the stumps. Root defends it, but then gets an inside edge into his front pad.
Ashwin tosses it up on leg stump, from over the wicket. Stokes defends it.
FOUR! INNOVATIVE SHOT!
Patel delivers a shorter ball, and Root was already there to sweep it. But then he does a semi-pull, semi-sweep, and guides it through backward square leg for a four!
THAT WAS CLOSE!
A good delivery by Ashwin, and Stokes hits it towards extra cover. Root calls for a single, but it goes to Axar’s left hand and he attempts a direct hit at the bowler’s end. Root was back, and the decision goes in England’s favour.
Ashwin tosses a slow delivery, outside leg. Stokes reverse sweeps it to the right of backward point. One run.
Patel tosses up a quicker delivery. Stokes sweeps it to deep backward square leg for a single.
Patel tosses it up full, and Root uses the length to guide it in front of square on the on-side for a four!
Patel delivers a length ball, spinning away outside off. Root leaves it alone.
OUT! Daniel Lawrence st Rishabh Pant b Ravichandran Ashwin 26 (53)
INTELLIGENT BY ASHWIN!
He delivers a quick offbreak ball, spinning between the legs. Lawrence misses it on the turn, and Pant does the stumping.
In walks, Ben Stokes.
A quicker delivery by Axar, towards middle and leg. Root carves it through square leg for a single.
A full length delivery by Siraj. Lawrence falls while trying to glance it. He gets a thick inside edge onto his pad. Lucky!
A length delivery by Siraj, and Root sends it past the bowler. Mid-off goes to stop it. One run.
One run, ENG: 61/3 | Need 421 runs
Patel tosses it up, towards middle and leg. Root glances it through square leg for a single.
After 23 overs, England are 61 for three. They need 421 runs.
Patel tosses it up, towards off stump. Lawrence drives it through point for two runs.
A shorter delivery by Patel. Its straight without much turn and Root hits it through square leg for a single.
A short delivery by Siraj, over middle and off. Root guides it down to long leg for a single.
Back of a length by Siraj, down leg. Root misses it.
The action begins on Day 4!
Joe Root and Dan Lawrence to begin Day 4 for England. Mohammed Siraj to begin proceedings for India.
There is a lot of dust and pebbles along the pitch. Indian spinners will have a lot to take advantage of on Day 4. Lots of areas for spin bowling today.
The hosts need seven wickets, meanwhile the visitors require 429 runs. England have already lost three wickets, and if India register some early wickets on Day 4, then it could be an easy walk to victory today.
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 16, 2021
Ravichandran Ashwin on India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour’s influence on his batting: WATCH
Ravichandran Ashwin has been on fire for India lately. The veteran has continued on with his fine form from the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and slammed his fifth Test century on Day 3 of the 2nd Test match. This was also his third instance of getting a 100 and five-wicket haul in the same match. He slammed 106 runs off 148 balls. His knock also consisted of 14 fours and a six. Watch his post-match interview, where he spoke about India’s batting coach:
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 15, 2021
Good morning everyone!
Good morning and welcome everyone to our live coverage of Day 4 of the ongoing 2nd Test match between India and England, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The visitors need 429 runs, and have already lost three wickets. England currently have Joe Root and Dan Lawrence unbeaten for them, and the duo will be aiming to build a stable partnership today! Can India wrap up the match on Day 4 itself or do England have some other plans? Stay tuned folks, for some exciting cricket!
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