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Pataudi Trophy 2021, 1st Test: India 157 runs away from win at stumps on Day 4

India and England are having a battle in hand in the opening Test of the Pataudi Trophy 2021 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. England has secured a good lead in the second innings, while India somewhat struggled with the ball.

Pataudi Trophy 2021, 1st Test: Report and scorecard, Day 4-ayh
Nottingham, First Published Aug 7, 2021, 9:12 PM IST

On Saturday, India put up the fight against England on Day 4 of the opening Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. At stumps, India remained 157 runs behind of a win, while it has nine wickets in store and looks in a prime position for success on Sunday.

England had elected to bat first but was bundled out for 183. As for India, it produced a relatively better performance with the bat, earning a lead of 180-plus. England was 25/0 at stumps on Day 3, which was taken early due to persistent rain.

Resuming at the overnight score, just 12 runs later, it lost Rory Burns for 18 to pacer Mohammed Siraj, while nine runs later, Zak Crawley departed for just six to pacer Jasprit Bumrah, as England was 119/2 at lunch. Nevertheless, it was followed by an 89-run stand for the third wicket between Dominic Sibley and Root before the former fell for 28 to Bumrah at 135.

The pair of Root and wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow contributed to a 42-run stand for the fourth wicket before the latter handed a catch to Ravindra Jadeja off Siraj for 30. At 211, Daniel Lawrence, too, could not score past 25 and was trapped leg-before by pacer Shardul Thakur.

A short 26-run stand for the sixth wicket followed, between Root and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler, while the former had already brought up his 51st Test half-century by now. The tea break kicked in at 235/5, with England possessing a lead of 140 runs.

Thakur got rid of Buttler for 17 after cleaning him up at the post-tea session, just a couple of runs later. Nevertheless, a 37-run stand for the seventh wicket followed between Root and Sam Curran before the skipper was dismissed after scoring his 21st Test century by Bumrah. At 295, Curran fell for 32 to the same man, while there were barely any partnerships thereon, with England getting shot out for 303, handing India a target of 209.

For India, five bowlers were utilised. While Bumrah was the most successful, claiming a five-for, Thakur was the most economical of all.

As India came out for the chase, it was off to a composed start, with opener Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul contributing 34 before the latter was dismissed for 26 by pacer Stuart Broad after being caught behind by Buttler. Nonetheless, the pair of Rohit and Cheteshwar Pujara saw out the rest of the day's play, finishing on 52/1, while it continues to remain 157 runs behind and would need to survive the first session on Sunday to stand a chance to take the opening lead.

England has so far utilised three of its pacers. While Broad is the only one to attain success, veteran seamer James Anderson has been the most economical.
Brief scores: England 183 & 303 (Root- 109*; Bumrah- 5/64) leads India 278 & 52/1 (Rahul- 26; Broad- 1/18) by 157 runs.

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