About the Match
India lost only 4 wickets in the entire day as they reached 391 seemingly without any trouble. Their openers Parthiv Patel and Lokesh Rahul played splendidly upfront before England struck back with some quick wickets. India could have been in a spot of bother after having lost Kohli cheaply, but Karun Nair batted superbly along with Rahul to ensure that India was pretty much guaranteed safety by the end of day’s play.
Day 4 Preview
The pitch was supposed to be the biggest variable in this test match, however, it has refused to break up significantly and looked good for batting even after the end of day 3. There were not too many footmarks that had formed and not a single ‘misbehaved’ on day 3.
Whether the pitch will deteriorate on Day 4 significantly enough to accelerate this test match is extremely doubtful now.
India has a well set Karun Nair on the crease who will be looking for his first century and then hopefully go on to make it a big one. There is no reason for India to declare and they will be aiming to bat for as long as possible.
Betting on Karun Nair to get a big century, possibly a 150 plus, could fetch some good rewards.
Alongside Karun Nair will be Murali Vijay, who will be unaccustomed to batting against the old ball and could possibly find it a little difficult. On the evidence of the handful of deliveries, he faced on Day 3 though he looked absolutely fit and pretty comfortable against the slower bowlers.
In Ashwin and Jadeja, India has two very capable lower order batsmen to follow, both of whom have scored some very important runs this series. India can be expected to get close to or even get past 500 tomorrow.
Ben Stokes was one of the best bowlers on display, however, he bowled a disappointing total of nine overs. Four bowlers shared on wicket each and we feel comfortable in reiterating our choice of Stuart Broad as the bowler likely to end the innings with most wickets.
Another very important factor that will now come into this match is time. With only two days remaining and both teams set to end up near each other’s first innings total, it will require a sudden collapse from England for anything to become of this match.
Can Indian spinners run through the England batting on the late fourth and early fifth-day pitch? It can definitely happen and there have been many instances in the last where visiting teams have been bowled out in a couple of sessions to lose a test match.
India’s batting performance has more or less taken the possibility of a defeat out of the equation for them and even though a win seems far-fetched at this point of time, stranger things have happened in cricket.
The batting totals for the fourth and fifth day reduce considerably at Chennai and England will have to bat well to hold on for a draw.