About the Match
Day 4 of the fifth test between India and England was one for the record books. India scored their highest ever test total and Karun Nair became only the second Indian to score a triple hundred and the first one to reach the milestone the first time after passing hundred. England was left completely demoralized at the end of the day and their fans would now be wondering if they have enough in them to bat out one whole day and save this test?
Day 5 Preview
Batting out the complete fifth day in order to save a match is not easy in Indian conditions. Not too many touring teams would be confident of achieving this feat, especially not one which has been completely outplayed in the series so far.
There is also the small little fact of India having the best spinner in the world at their disposal. India did bowl a handful of overs at the England batsmen late on day 4 and immediately got more from the pitch than the England bowlers.
It is going to be very difficult for the England batsmen to be able to play out 90 overs of continuously attacking bowling.
India will look to Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to be their primary wicket taking bowlers, however, all the other bowlers will need to step up if India has to force a win. We think that Jadeja will be the man most likely to take wickets on wearing pitch and his fast pace of delivery will make him more dangerous than all other bowlers.
Back Ravindra Jadeja to pick the most number of wickets in this innings as well.
For England, Alastair Cook and Joe Root will be the two most important batsmen on this pitch once again. While Root has been in wonderful form without going on to score hundreds, Cook has struggled and found it difficult to score too many runs.
We think that Cook will have to go back without scoring too many once again in this test match and a punt on him scoring less than 30 is a good option
. Root has now scored a record number of consecutive fifties against India and could be due for a failure. The last day of a grueling test series is not easy for batsmen to concentrate on and India might have a good chance of picking him early.
Wickets can come in clumps on Indian wickets, once they do start coming and if England loses more than three wickets in the first session, then an Indian victory becomes very likely. On the other hand, if the pitch continues to be as docile as it has been and England manage to survive the first session without losing more than a couple of wickets then they will manage to escape with a draw.
Virat Kohli is an aggressive captain and might rue the extra amount of time spent batting today if England manages to hold on to a draw with just a couple of wickets in hand. An intriguing day of test cricket lies ahead of us