Despite Joe Root’s 78*, England failed to eliminate the advantage of the 134 runs first innings lead gained by India, as their batsmen crumbled in front of the Indian spinners.
After starting the fourth day with an overnight score of 78-4, Gareth Batty was trapped in front of the stumps by Ravindra Jadeja, while Jos Buttler gifted his wicket to Jayant Yadav, trying to play an ambitious shot.
Haseeb Hameed is on the crease with Root, with Chris Woakes yet to come. Although England has depth in their batting line-up, with the pitch expected to assist the spinners more with time, chances are slim that England can dominate the Indian bowling and put up a challenging second innings total.
Yesterday, after the valiant efforts of the Indian tail-enders, Joe Root opened the innings with Alaistar Cook, with the clear intention to not give away any wickets in the last session. But their plans were spoiled by India’s ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who took 3 wickets in the last session of the third day.