After the end of Day 4 of the first test between India and England in Rajkot, the match seems to head for a draw as the surface looks a cake walk for the batsmen with bowlers struggling to get wickets. Earlier in the day, England bowled out India for 488 and are currently batting at 114, without losing a wicket. To be precise, the fate of the match will now be in England Skipper Alastair Cook’s hands as he will be the one deciding on whether to set a target for India or play for a draw.
Starting Day 4 with the overnight score of 319/4, pressure was on Virat Kohli to chase down England’s first innings score of 537 runs. However, the skipper did not receive much support from Ajinkya Rahane (13) who was supposed to play the role of an anchor in the crucial stage of the Indian innings. Kohli too followed Rahane to the pavilion after a hit-wicket off Adil Rashid’s bowling. The skipper has managed to score only 40 runs as India struggled to move further. At this stage, Wriddhiman Saha (35) and Ravichandran Ashwin(70) set an important partnership and were successful in decreasing England’s lead to some extent. Jadeja has once again failed with the bat, as he managed to score only 12 runs before giving a catch to Haseeb Hamid off Adil Rashid’s bowling. At the end, the Indian team was all out for 488 runs, giving England a 49 runs lead.
Adil Rashid was the man of the moment for England, as the Spinner scalped four wickets with a healthy economy rate of 3.68. Moeen Ali and Ansari too Rashid the required support by taking two wickets each.
Coming to the England’s second innings, openers Alastair Cook(46) and Haseeb Hameed(62) looked solid throughout the game as England ended Day 4 at 114/0. The result of the first test will depend on Alastair Cook’s decision on Day 5, as the England skipper decides on whether to set a target for India or to play for a draw.