After a 100-run stand for the fourth wicket, England hit back with two quick strikes as Moeen got rid of Rahane and then Ben Stokes dismissed Hanuma Vihari. However, KL Rahul held fort and played all his strokes to bring up his 5th Test century and continued with the fight. It was a forgettable fourth day for India, it was a day which did not mirror their performances in the tour so far, but a day which summed up the summer for the team. They battled hard, came close to winning the series, but then blinked when it mattered the most and on the fourth day it was a team which was just going through the motions and as the day drew to a close, it was a day which was staring at a defeat. For England, it was just the perfect day, their leading run-scorer peeled off a century in his final innings as a Test player, their captain announced form with a century and then their bowlers sliced through the Indian top order. Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul saw the team through to the end, but the battle on day 5 will not be any easier. England will come back with renewed vigour and the resilience of this Indian team will be put to the sword, for one final time.
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Lunch on day 5
India started brightly in the first hour as Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul got through it unscathed, but then Rahane played a reckless stroke to give his wicket away. Ben Stokes then bounced out Hanuma Vihari as India lost 2 quick wickets. Rahul kept playing his strokes and brought up an attacking century and he has now Pant for company who has already hit a six in his short stay.
Still an uphill task for India, but there is intent and there is fight!
Century for Rahul
He decided to go for his strokes, he rode his luck and now Rahul brings up his 5th test hundred. Really attractive and very very positive
Rahul attacks Moeen
A reverse sweep and then a conventional sweep as Rahul wants to put Moeen off his line and length. So far so good for him. But then, but then!
Stokes was introduced into the attack and he went for the short-pitched stuff. Vihari did not look too happy with that mode of attack and has feathered one to Jonny Bairstow. After the resilience in the first hour, India lose 2 quick wickets and the battle looks really uphill now.
What has Rahane done?
He was looking so good, he then decides to go for the sweep and has only top-edged it to the man at short mid-wicket. Oh dear, that dressing room will be a quiet place after that stroke. England get a timely break and it is that man again, MOEEN ALI.
Runs coming for India
Rahul has been good with Moeen after that jittery start and now Rahane accounts for Curran’s inward movement and then flicks it away past square leg. He then stands up tall and cuts it square
Brilliant from Moeen
Fantastic over of off-spin bowling, he just trundles up and fires the ball into the rough and allows the pitch to do the rest. Rahul looks to be expansive, but that is turning, he survives a LBW call. Another challenge for India today.
Tough series for the openers
Fewest 50+ scores by opening batsmen in a series of 5 or more Tests:
3 SA v Eng in SA 1905/06
3 Aus v WI in Aus 1951/52
3 Eng v Ind in Eng 2018
Ball still moving around
Both batsmen have been cautious so far, but then the ball is still moving and one can never be settled in these conditions in the gloom.
Curran looks threatening.
Curran with a probing over
He has been the find of the season for England and he has started in the right vein. He is angling the ball away from Rahane who got beaten twice in that over as he expected the ball to shape back in. This England attack is relentless.
The conditions look good for seam bowling, but the Indian batsmen have looked assured so far. The battle has just begun, only half hour done in the day.
Steady start for India
Rahane and Rahul are looking to rotate strike and share the pressure out there. The conditions are conducive to swing bowling and the batsmen need to keep the scoreboard moving at all times.
Lights are on
This series has been one for the bowlers, the Dukes has hooped around and now with gloomy conditions and with the lights switched on, the ball is bound to move around.
50 for KL Rahul
Length ball angled in, Rahul clipped it away neatly and the ball hits the boundary cushions at square leg.
And this is the first 50 for an Indian opener this series, yes, it has been that tough.
Anderson set to resume
Kl Rahul takes guard, Anderson with the first over. Let’s go.
Sam Curran, the biggest find for England
“It’s been a great series for me personally. To play well against the number 1 team in the world is very satisfying. We are 3-1 up and looking good to go 4-1, couldn’t have hoped for anything better. I have had a few good innings and it has come off well, looking forward to ending the series on a high. It’s nice to play with the greats of the game, Jimmy is a bit tired, but he’s just one shy of going past Glenn McGrath. I have learnt a lot from the seniors, getting rid of Kohli yesterday was something very special. I am looking forward to taking this experience to the winter tours. We would love to send off Cooky with a victory. He’s been a great player, we will miss him a lot, scoring 33 Test hundreds is pretty special. Looking forward to ending the series on a high”
Pitch report, one final day
Light clouds but no possibility of rain. The pitch is still good enough. All the three wickets that fell yesterday, pitch had nothing to do with it. It is a good day 5 pitch and it is all about believing that you can survive today, says Sanjay Manjrekar in his pitch report.
Another record on the cards
James Anderson is just one wicket away from surpassing Glenn McGrath’s tally of Test wickets and he has seven Indian wickets to target.
Alastair ‘the beer man’ Cook
In a fitting tribute, the English media gifted him 33 beer bottles at the press conference at the end of the fourth day’s play on Monday. The 33 bottles were a symbolic representation of the 33 Test centuries that Cook scored for England.
Yep, read about it here.
Cook cannot thank Bumrah enough
It was a fairytale ending for Alastair Cook, but the man cannot thank Jasprit Bumrah enough for the overthrows which allowed him to get the required number of runs to get to his century.
This is what Cook said after the day’s play.
Hello and welcome
Will India be able to stand tall against a rampant England attack? Will KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane sign off with an inspired performance, or will the Test get even better for Alastair Cook and England?
Plenty to look forward to as another day of intriguing Test action beckons