England vs India 4th Test Live Score 2024: Root and Ollie Robinson took England to 302/7 with their stellar performance in Ranchi

 

England vs India 4th Test Live Score 2024: Root and Ollie Robinson took England to 302/7 with their stellar performance in Ranchi
England vs India 4th Test Live Score 2024: Root and Ollie Robinson took England to 302/7 with their stellar performance in Ranchi PTI

In the final over of the day thrown by the successful Jayaswal, England crossed the 300-run mark after making 245 runs at the loss of 7 wickets and then 112 runs at 5 wickets. The eighth wicket had already added 57 runs. India lost Ollie Robinson’s wicket in the morning due to the use of a DRS like a millionaire, when a plumb LBW was not given and they were confident they had their man.

Anyway, today is Root’s day. He marked his 31st Test century, the 10th against India. It’s been a stellar innings, responding perfectly to whatever balls were thrown at him without any preconceived plans.

The pitch has been intriguing. It seemed broken, and the first session witnessed appreciable seam, uneven bounce, and turn. And then it settled down. Root and Ben Foakes then formed England’s biggest partnership of the series. This day has prepared the ground for another intriguing contest.

With a beautiful cover drive, Root completed his 31st Test century. A gritty innings, taking him 219 balls to reach. No flashy shots, no release of emotions. Just steely focus in his eyes and a grit on his helmet.

Of his 31 Test centuries, ten have come against India. He resurrected this innings from 112 runs at 5 wickets. Only nine boundaries in the innings. Very judicious in sweeping due to low bounce. A reverse sweep. Just a lot of concentration.

Ben Foakes fell three runs short of his half-century and was caught by Ravindra Jadeja off Mohammed Siraj’s delivery, ending the 113-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Root. England’s partnership returned from 112 runs at 5 wickets before Foakes’ dismissal. Root remained unbeaten on 75 runs.

Root completed his half-century and was forced to deal with R Ashwin’s delivery. It came with four boundaries in 108 balls – slow and steady but England needed it after losing five wickets by lunch. He and Ben Foakes formed an unbroken partnership of 64 runs. In this series, Root’s scores have been 29, 2, 5, 16, 18, and 7 so far. This is his first Test half-century since his 91-run innings at The Oval in July.

Ben Stokes fell for just 3 runs, sent back by a splendid delivery from Ravindra Jadeja, which sent him back to the pavilion, hitting straight into the middle stump and grazing the top of the front pad. Stokes perhaps couldn’t believe it, smiling wryly and shaking his head, knowing he could do little about it. England’s score was 112 runs for the loss of 5 wickets by lunch.

The debutant speedster Aakash Deep was the most damaging. He will claim 3 wickets by giving away 24 runs in seven overs and will truly claim the session for India.

As soon as Jonny Bairstow hit a boundary in front of the point, completing England’s first half-century in the match, he got out LBW to R Ashwin. After on-field umpire Rod Tucker initially ruled Bairstow not out, India had to review to secure the dismissal. The ball pitched on the leg stump and straightened, hitting the top of the off stump as Bairstow tried to sweep, sending him back for 38 runs. He formed a partnership of 52 runs for the fourth wicket with Root, but England’s score reached 109 runs for the loss of 4 wickets.

Aakash Deep turned Jack Crawley’s wicket into a dreamy delivery, getting his third wicket and reducing England to 57 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in the early morning of this fourth Test. Aakash, the replacement for the rested Jasprit Bumrah, dismissed Crawley for 42 runs, who hit a delivery outside off-stump awkwardly, clipping the top of the off-stump as he attempted to sweep. After dismissing Ben Duckett and Ollie Pope in three balls in his previous over.

Now Aakash Deep has his first Test wicket, and it’s another fantastic delivery. From around the wicket, pitching slightly outside off-stump, the ball leapt quite a bit and kissed the outer edge of Ben Duckett’s bat as the keeper did the rest. Aakash thumps his chest repeatedly – thud! It will erase the pain of that no-ball that ruined his second stunner, the one that got Jack Crawley’s off-stump down.

Make it two wickets in his first two Test overs! After India reviewed the original not-out decision by the on-field umpire, Ollie Pope was caught plumb in front at zero. Replays show Aakash striking the upper part of leg stump from around the wicket, which clipped the inside edge onto the roll of the pad. After taking two wickets in three balls, England’s score dropped to 47 runs for the loss of 2 wickets without any wicket.

Jack Crawley utilized his late cut after the no-ball from Akash Deep when he was on 3 runs, helping him score 18 runs off Mohammad Siraj’s over in the fourth over.

A big news from Ranchi is that England’s 19-year-old leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed is leaving India due to personal reasons. ECB says Rehan won’t return for the final Test of the series and England won’t call for a replacement.

Rehan played the first three Tests, taking 11 wickets at an average of 44, including six wickets in the match at Vishakhapatnam, before being dropped for the fourth Test. Apparently, his omission wasn’t related to any essential family matters that came up after the team’s announcement. Off-spinner Shoaib Bashir has been brought into the team in Rehan’s place.

England has won the toss for the second time in this series and elected to bat first. Ben Stokes, their captain, talks about the pitch showing some dryness and cracks: “The first hour will tell us what it will do over the longer period.”

India’s captain Rohit Sharma also says they will bat first. After losing the first Test in Hyderabad, his team has bounced back to take a 2-1 lead, and he’s excited about it. He says, “It’s something that I’m really proud of.”

England: Crawley, Duckett, Pope, Root, Bairstow, Stokes (c), Foakes (wk), Hurtle, Robinson, Bashir, Anderson

India: Rohit (c), Jayaswal, Gill, Patidar, Khan, Jadeja, Jurel (wk), Ashwin, Kuldeep, Akash, Siraj

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