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Root and Bairstow star yet again with unbeaten 151-run stand as England eye record chase - full scoreboard
Disappointing tourists miss chance to bat England out of the match, losing last seven wickets for just 120
Day five will surely see a result with weather set fair and 21,000 tickets given away for free at Edgbaston
Soon it will be easier to grab a ticket for Glastonbury than to watch England play Test cricket. It took just 90 minutes from Warwickshire announcing free entry today for all 21,000 tickets to go with fans desperate to see England complete the most astonishing victory of an extraordinary month of English Test cricket’s counterculture under Brendon McCullum.
With Joe Root in full flow and partnered by the reborn Jonny Bairstow in a fourth wicket stand already worth 150, England need another 119 runs to chase down 378, more than any total they have ever scored to win a Test match before.
It is 29 higher than what they needed to beat Australia at Headingley three years ago and that required the greatest innings of all time from Ben Stokes and a couple of Australian brain fades at the end.
This has been far more comfortable, serene even at times, and Edgbaston was already in full party mode in the final hour as England motored towards their total and a series levelling win.
There is a second new ball in 23 overs’ time but it could be rendered obsolete by then such is England's approach. There has been a seismic shift in how they play Test cricket, and even if they collapse today Bazball revolution is here to stay. Try playing the old way (from circa May 2022) now.
Root is 76 from 112 balls and Bairstow 72 from 87, the pair repairing a wobble when three wickets fell in three overs either side of tea that threatened to derail a spectacular start by openers Alex Lees and Zak Crawley of 107 in 21.4 overs.
A month ago Lees had a strike rate in Test cricket of 27.39. He was a one paced plodder destined for the scrapheap of England openers. Now he is the major contributor to the fastest century opening stand in England’s Test history (19.5 ov) and proof of the liberating effect of playing for this team right now.
His 56 from 65 balls was a display of clean ball striking against pace and spin. He has improved by being positive, while Zak Crawley looked much better by being more judicious.
Crawley left well outside off stump and did not launch himself at drives. Instead he picked the time to play his shots until leaving a nip backer from Jasprit Bumrah just before tea.
Before then, India had been stunned by an explosive start to the England run chase, Lees giving Bumrah the charge in the first over. India turned to spin after eight overs to stem the flow. Lees reverse swept Jadeja and slog swept him for four to bring up the fifty stand in 53 balls.
Crawley was given out off Jadeja, caught at short leg, playing a reverse sweep on 22 but it was a bump ball and soon Lees had his fifty off only 43 deliveries.
India successfully persuaded the umpires to change the ball after 20 overs and it brought a reversal of fortune, Bumrah jagging one back to hit Crawley’s off stump. First ball after tea Ollie Pope edged Bumrah behind for his first duck in Test cricket.
England were three down when Lees was run out. An edge had gone to square leg, but Lees was not clear where the ball had gone. Root called him through for the run but Lees was wrong footed and set off too slowly.
Virat Kohli was all over England now. He may not be captain anymore but is still the playground bully. He shushed the Hollies Stand when Crawley was out and antagonized Lees before tea. Now he was told off by the umpires for over-exuberance at the third wicket.
Bumrah went off after a spell of two for 12 from five overs, and while he was away his team-mates lost their heads in the electric atmosphere, wasting two lbw reviews on Root.
Now England were away. Root started sweeping Jadeja and Bairstow connecting with drives off Mohammad Siraj, who looked lost and angry as he shipped runs at 6.4 an over. Root reached fifty off 71 balls, while Bairstow was again composed, his half century taking 75 deliveries. He dismissievely pulled Siraj for six with 15 minutes to the close as the Hollies treated Siraj to the Mitchell Johnson song.
India’s approach in the morning gave England hope. Perhaps it was complacency as they resumed on 125 for three and 252 ahead or just the doubt that now creeps in when setting this England side a target.
India were indecisive. They neither went for it nor tried to bat England out of a Test that India do not have to win. Instead they lost 120 for seven in 36 overs, not looking to score, but gifting wickets as well with poor shots.
Cheteshwar Pujara slapped a half volley to backward point and Rishabh Pant was caught at slip reverse sweeping, having added 27 off 40 balls to his score, the fireworks remaining tucked in the box.
England’s short pitched theory to the tail was justified this time with the older ball and sunny skies. Matthew Potts hit Shardul Thakur on the head, six balls later he was hooked to long leg. The crucial period was after lunch, India could still be dangerous. But they lost their last three for 16, all to Stokes. Two were bounced out and Jadeja bowled from round the wicket.
Chasing 377 in England is unheard of but this is what Stokes wanted. There were raised eyebrows when he said at the toss on Friday that his team are a “chasing” side. Captains are supposed to win the toss, think about bowling, then bat.
Shortly before going out to bat for the Super Over in the 2019 World Cup final, Stokes smoked a cigarette to calm his nerves. If his team finishes the job today he can take a drag on a cigar, look his doubters in the eye and say “I told you so.”
England vs India day four as it happened: below
CLOSE: England 260/3 (Root 76* Bairstow 73*) target 378
England need a further 119 to win. An unbeaten 151 run stand from Root and Bairstow has made them favourites. India have been disappointing today. Resuming on 125/3, leading by 257, they had the chance to bat England out of the game. Instead, they lost seven wickets for the addition of 120 runs on the day, and several of those wickets were avoidable. They left the door open. The England openers made a hot start, India fought back hard when they seized momentum either side of tea thanks to Bumrah and a run out. But then the Yorkshire boys got to work and what would once have been a ludicrous target looks very gettable indeed. Join us tomorrow for what should be a thrilling finish.
OVER 57: ENG 260/3 (Root 76* Bairstow 73*) target 378
Bumrah tries everything but England are not giving it away now. That will be it for the day. And what a day's cricket that has been, yet again. Brilliant entertainment.
Every test this summer:
Annoying partnership feat oppo wk
Stokes gets out being a bit too aggressive
Oppo nearly bat England out of the game
England set about a silly chase
— Jon H (@127J_H) July 4, 2022
OVER 56: ENG 257/3 (Root 75* Bairstow 71*) target 378
Shami trying his short stuff but this pair are up to it. It'll be over to Bumrah to bowl the last over of the day. Harsh to criticise Jasprit, a super bowler just starting his journey as international captain... but.... his only plan really has been to try and get a wicket himself. The fields and fielding have been lacklustre.
OVER 55: ENG 254/3 (Root 74* Bairstow 69*) target 378
It's a change of ends for Bumrah. He looks for yorker but gets a full toss, not for the first time today. Root tucks it away for one. Now a slower ball gets a bit bigger on Bairstow than he thought, and hits him on the hand. Bairstow edges a good ball wide of where the slips would be, but aren't. Four for that, and then three down the ground. Runs coming. India need to regroup, they need some new plans.
Edgbaston sold out for tomorrow in 90 minutes. 21,000 tickets gone
— Nick Hoult (@NHoultCricket) July 4, 2022
OVER 54: ENG 246/3 (Root 73* Bairstow 62*) target 378
Siraj steaming in. Short ball. Bairstow smashes it for six to the midwicket fence. That does not help Siraj's mood one bit.
Now Bairstow complains to Siraj for running straight down the middle of the pitch. Richard Kettleborough shares Bairstow's view. That does not help Siraj's mood one bit, either.
OVER 53: ENG 236/3 (Root 71* Bairstow 55*) target 378
Yet more milestones for Bairstow. A fifty up. Clipped off the pads for two to bring up the half-century. And then celebrates that with a cunch through point.
OVER 52: ENG 228/3 (Root 70* Bairstow 48*) target 378
Full from Bumrah. Root drives that attractively for four.
Reminder: free entry to Edgbaston tomorrow
It would be nice. And maybe in keeping with the spirit of the times? https://t.co/y8ZM7rgjgq
— George Dobell (@GeorgeDobell1) July 4, 2022
OVER 51: ENG 222/3 (Root 65* Bairstow 47*) target 378
India going for the big finish then in the last half hour. Shami will bowl too. A rare bad ball from him, short and wide, cracked away by YJB. Nearly the perfect comeback though with a lovely bit of seam up outswing. Bairstow nibbling at that
OVER 50: ENG 218/3 (Root 65* Bairstow 43*) target 378
Bumrah. Looks more likely right away. Nip, hostility, lift. Root plays and misses twice. Now he connects with one and they set off. Lazy cricket from Iyer in the covers, he doesn't set off right away and there should not have been two there. Root and Bairstow run hard, as ever.
OVER 49: ENG 214/3 (Root 61* Bairstow 43*) target 378
I've been disappointed with Ravi Jadeja today. Just wheeling away from over the wicket into the batsman's pads. Root and YJB have looked comfortable against him, and his 15 overs have blurred into one.
OVER 48: ENG 211/3 (Root 59* Bairstow 42*) target 378
A chance! Bairstow tries to tickle the ball fine and gets it too fine indeed - that's edged down the legside but Rishabh Pant has dropped the chance. "Not straightforward, obviously, but once Pant has got there he's want to get the glove under that, what six times out of ten?" says MA Atherton. Mike rates the previous drop, by Vahari in the slips, as a 7/10 chance ie you should catch it seven goes out of ten...
This partnership is worth 100+.
OVER 47: ENG 206/3 (Root 57* Bairstow 39*) target 378
Jadeja loses his line and roars in a rage as Root strokes the ball to the cover fence.
I appreciate that Bumrah and Shami cannot bowl every over but I'm not convinced Thakur and Shami are the answer to India's problems. I presume that Bumrah and his quick colleagues will have a last blast before close.
OVER 46: ENG 201/3 (Root 52* Bairstow 39*) target 378
Don't fancy Thakur against these two. Five singles off the over. India need to fire themselves up again: they're allowing England to waltz away here.
One of those singles brings up the Root 50. A modern master.
OVER 45: ENG 196/3 (Root 49* Bairstow 37*) target 378
Jadeja bowling into that rough outside leg stump. Don't think this is too taxing for England at the moment, relatively speaking.
OVER 44: ENG 194/3 (Root 49* Bairstow 36*) target 378
Great duel between Siraj and Bairstow. First ball of the over, 90mph. Maybe a few inches short. Bairstow sees it earlier and pulls it to the boundary with exceptional power and economy of effort. Next ball, Bairstow drivs, inside edges, and the ball is a whisker away from playing on to his stumps.
OVER 43: ENG 187/3 (Root 48* Bairstow 30*) target 378
Shardul Thakur continues. He looks a better bowler when / now that it is reversing. 80mph on a decent line and just tailing in, meaning that the batter has limited scoring options (or at least, limited risk-free options) as long as he bowls to the field. An lbw appeal off the first ball of the over but there was an inside edge into the pad that saved Root.
Strays onto Bairstow's pads now though. Jonny not missing out on that. Four.
OVER 42: ENG 181/3 (Root 47* Bairstow 25*) target 378
Frustration for Siraj as Root pulls away just as he is about to deliver the ball. Some herbert in a hat is walking behind the bowler's arm. Siraj hurls the ball in frustration. Trio of singles off the first half of the over. And a couple more later. England looking pretty solid.
OVER 41: ENG 176/3 (Root 44* Bairstow 23*) target 378
Thakur, who has not been up to the standard of the other three seamers so far, comes on for an over. Bowling straight and shaping it in with a little reverse swing. Decent.
England need a further 202. Drinks.
Here's the Lees horror from earlier
OVER 40: ENG 174/3 (Root 43* Bairstow 22*) target 378
Another good over for England, a couple of singles and a two, and now Root clips Siraj away for four. Have England weathered the storm?
OVER 39: ENG 166/3 (Root 36* Bairstow 21*) target 378
Root also getting the motor running as well. Bairstow punches behind square for three, and that brings his County colleague on strike. Root sweeps out of the rough, seriously skilful.
OVER 38: ENG 157/3 (Root 30* Bairstow 18*) target 378
Runs! Siraj comes on and Bairstow has laced the first ball through the covers. Both men are pumped up. Fourth ball, Bairstow edges it and Vihari has dropped a hard chance at third slip! It flew at him quick and burst through his hands.
OVER 37: ENG 149/3 (Root 30* Bairstow 10*) target 378
At last, some runs charged against Jadeja. Root sweeps him very fine for four. And then repeats the dose shortly afterwards.
OVER 36: ENG 141/3 (Root 22* Bairstow 10*) target 378
This is quality cricket. Shami is getting the ball to reverse. He delivers a nut here with the shine on the outside, Bairstow doesn't spot it, he thinks the ball is going to come in, but it moves away. Swing and a miss from Jonny.
So England were 106/0 after 21 overs and then the next 15 have yielded, what, 35.
OVER 35: ENG 138/3 (Root 20* Bairstow 9*) target 378
England haven't really experienced this in The New Era. They're facing a bowler who has got them tied down, bowling it into the rough. Jadeja with another maiden. Six overs for nine in this spell....
OVER 34: ENG 138/3 (Root 20* Bairstow 9*) target 378
Another big decision for Bumrah as Shami clangs Root on the pad with a full ball that shapes in. This is given not out, and it's certainly close. The Indian brains trust eventually agree that it would have slid down the leg side. They are correct.
OVER 33: ENG 137/3 (Root 20* Bairstow 8*) target 378
Jadeja working away. Just one off the over.
OVER 32: ENG 136/3 (Root 20* Bairstow 7*) target 378
New bowler. Shami. Root glides the ball down to third man for four. Noice.
Now Root is pinged slap in front and there's a huge shout from the Indians. This is a much better review than the previous one - Bumrah is off the field so Pant makes the call. But it is going over the top. I thought that was going to be curtains. Surprising that a short-ish fellow bowling a full length would get that too high. Hmm.
Root celebrates his reprieve with a crisp clip through midwicket.
OVER 31: ENG 128/3 (Root 12* Bairstow 7*) target 378
Bad call from Bumrah here. Perhaps that's one of the downsides of a rookie captain among superstars... Jadeja, bowling his left arm from over the wicket and fairly wide of the crease, has hit Root on the pad. There is basically no way that can be lbw, is there? Aleem Dar seems to have no hesitation in giving it not out. Jadeja, by sheer force of personality, persuades Bummers into going for the review. And indeed it has pitched three inches or so outside leg. Poor.
OVER 30: ENG 127/3 (Root 11* Bairstow 7*) target 378
How many more has Bumrah got in him? Really putting everything into this. 90mph yorker. Clipped away by Root for four.
OVER 29: ENG 122/3 (Root 6* Bairstow 7*) target 378
Jadeja is bowling into the rough outside leg stump. Good commentary from KP. "England should act bored, kick it away. Tell them, I thought you guys were positive. Make them change it." Bairstow happily kicking the ball away.
Interestingly, Kohli and co haven't had a go at Bairstow with the verbals, as far as I can see. Perhaps they have twigged that he is at his best when he's angry.
OVER 28: ENG 120/3 (Root 5* Bairstow 6*) target 378
Bumrah is cranking it up. 90 mph. Lasering the ball in at the toes and base of the stumps. Bairstow plays it well.
OVER 27: ENG 117/3 (Root 4* Bairstow 5*) target 378
England need a quiet period, just settle this down. India will be hoping to plug Jadeja in at one end to keep scoring down and rotate the quicks from the other. A Jadeja maiden to Root, then, suits all parties.
OVER 26: ENG 117/3 (Root 4* Bairstow 5*) target 378
Bumrah is looking for the yorker, but finds a full toss to YJB.
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OVER 25: ENG 114/3 (Root 2* Bairstow 4*) target 378
To add insult to injury for poor Alex Lees, he had to walk past Virat Kohli on the way off. Bet that was in no way infuriating. Kohli going absolutely loopy, he's charging around celebrating, it's like he feels he personally willed that run out into existence. The Indians are bang up for this, the crowd is right behind them and it's over to England's two best batsmen now to withstand this surge of pressure.
Bairstow opens his account with a glorious stroke through point for four.
WICKET! Lees run out 58
That's the pressure! Lees drives at Jadeja, and squirts it through the legside with the Harrow Drive. Root, at the non-striker's end, sets off - but Lees is rooted to his crease, he has no idea where the ball has gone, and he eventually starts running. Root gets home with plenty to spare but Lees is run out at the bowler's end by a mile. Mohammed Shami is the man with the throw, Jadeja has all the time in the world to whip the bails off. FOW 109/3
Ravi Jadeja is coming back on
Another man with a gift for seizing momentum.
OVER 24: ENG 108/2 (Lees 56* Root 1*) target 378
That brings Root in. "The greatest batsman England have ever produced," says Kevin Pietersen. Root clips off the pads first ball.
Kohli is everywhere, putting it about, all mouth and trousers. To be fair I think it is what the team needs, especially with a rookie captain who needs to concentrate on the bowling. India are surging.
WICKET! Pope c Pant b Bumrah 0
First ball after tea! Quick, in the channel outside off, just leaves the right hander. He's squared up, he was playing for the ball coming back in, caught on the crease and fiddling at it. He edges behind and that's regulation for Pant. FOW 107/2
Virat Kohli going absolutely tonto as he celebrates that.
Players back out
We could have 36 overs tonight. Jasprit Bumrah will bowl the first of them. Ollie Pope is on strike.
TEA: England 107/1 need 271 more to win
The chase of 378 got off to a hot start, with Alex Lees playing like a different person. Great atmosphere. Crawley also did well, until he left a ball that hit his off stump. India looked rattled, they looked short of ideas, and they need some of their big boys to step up.
23 overs for 107. Brisk.
OVER 23: ENG 107/1 (Lees 56* Pope 0*) target 378
Bowling change. Shami. Virat Kohli whips up the crowd. They are roaring India on, now. Shami charging in. Lees needs to switch on. Big waft at an outswinger, and beaten on the outside. Now about big expansive drive, and he's beaten on the inside edge.
Pant being a bit of an irritant, chucking the ball at the stumps when it comes into the gloves, I guess in a bid to run Lees out. Just creating a bit of pressure.
That's going to be tea. As the players come off the pitch there are some words exchanged between Kohli and Lees.
OVER 22: ENG 107/1 (Lees 56* Pope 0*) target 378
That brings Pope to the crease. Bumrah looks for the yorker but slides it down leg.
That's energised the Indian contingent at the ground. Maybe 30% are supporting India?
WICKET! Crawley b Bumrah 46
Ah, shame. It was going so well for Zak.
Bumrah brings himself back on, Crawley leaves the fourth ball of the over but he has misjudged it. The ball smashes into his off stump and that's that, Zak. FOW 107/1
OVER 21: ENG 106/0 (Lees 55* Crawley 45*) target 378
Thakur. His first two overs went for 13 in total, can he apply some control here? He's trying to bowl straight. Nothing to write home about in this over BUT they do manage to get the ball changed. Thankur gets to bowl one delivery with that. Solid block from Crawley.
Jasprit Bumrah is bringing himself back on.
OVER 20: ENG 104/0 (Lees 54* Crawley 45*) target 378
India have begun with the lobbying of the umpires to change the ball. Aleem Dar says no. Crawley tucks Siraj away to the legside and brings up the hundred partnership. 100 runs without loss! This is dreamland for England.
OVER 19: ENG 98/0 (Lees 53* Crawley 44*) target 378
Crawley is at it again. Crunches Thakur for two fours through the offside.
OVER 18: ENG 90/0 (Lees 53* Crawley 36*) target 378
Crawley is beasting Siraj! He creams the ball through the covers for four, compelling Siraj to pull his length back and bowl straighter. So Crawley shovels the ball away with his bottom hand for a four on the other side of the ground. Oooh yes.
OVER 17: ENG 81/0 (Lees 53* Crawley 27*) target 378
Thakur. Crawley with the shot of the day. Full, outside off, and creamed through mid off for a boundary. Fewer than 300 needed now.
Betting odds update
England have gone odds on to win this! Backable at 4/5 on Betfair. What a time to be alive.
Where's R Ashwin when you need him?
— Gav Joshi (@Gampa_cricket) July 4, 2022
OVER 16: ENG 76/0 (Lees 53* Crawley 22*) target 378
Chunky, confident, punchy back foot thump from Lees off the bowling of Siraj. That rattles away for four and he has himself a commanding, momentum-grabbing half century.
OVER 15: ENG 70/0 (Lees 47* Crawley 22*) target 378
Crawley reverse sweeps, gets an edge onto the pad/boot, and is caught at short leg. India like it. It is given out on the field, so Marais Erasmus has to be certain if he's gonna overturn it. And certain he is - that was swept into the ground, there's a puff of dust, and that's going to be not out. Great use of technology. As I say, the Indian fielders were certain they'd got their man.
They can all chat about that over drinks
OVER 14: ENG 69/0 (Lees 46* Crawley 22*) target 378
Old habits die hard and lasting change is difficult. Such maxims come to mind as Crawley, who has been abstemious and prudent so far, suddenly aims a big yahoo at a wide one from Mohammed Siraj. Lucky for him, he misses.
OVER 13: ENG 64/0 (Lees 41* Crawley 22*) target 378
Couple off the Jadeja over.
OVER 12: ENG 62/0 (Lees 40* Crawley 21*) target 378
Another little fillip for England: they've seen off both new ball bowlers now without loss. Mohammed Siraj is the new bowler They've compelled rookie skipper Bumrah to dispense with one of the slips. The body language is confident, imposing.
Lees comes down the pitch to crunch Siraj, finds the fielder with that one. But next ball, a crisp, well-timed cut behind square for four.
OVER 11: ENG 58/0 (Lees 36* Crawley 21*) target 378
Lees crunches Jadeja for four through the legside. England enjoying themselves.
India wasting this new ball and, having set England only 378, certainly won't be getting another one.
— Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) July 4, 2022
OVER 10: ENG 53/0 (Lees 31* Crawley 21*) target 378
Shami adds some welcome control with a maiden. As the powerplay comes to an end, England are going along nicely.
OVER 9: ENG 53/0 (Lees 31* Crawley 21*) target 378
Jadeja is coming on. Something of a moral victory to make India go to spin in under ten overs. And it's not been the solution yet! Lees. Jadeja. He's clumped him down the ground for four, and now reverse swept him for another four.
OVER 8: ENG 43/0 (Lees 22* Crawley 20*) target 378
Crawley impressive so far. Leaving well when he needs to. Clips Shami to leg and they run hard. Pujara not the most gazelle-like fielder you'll see and they bully two out of him.
Shami strays onto his pads and Crawley drives the ball solidly back through mid on for four.
India are rattled by England's hot start.
OVER 7: ENG 35/0 (Lees 22* Crawley 12*) target 378
Bumrah tries a yorker but gets a full toss. Crawley singles. Now another attempted yorker, but that's waist high by the time it gets to Lees, who donks it away for runs. Bumrah struggling.
OVER 6: ENG 30/0 (Lees 19* Crawley 10*) target 378
Shami with a ball outside off, Crawley neither leaves it nor plays it and the ball cannons into his bat. Goes safe.
Sub fielder is on with a drink for Jasprit Bumrah and - possibly? - a message from the dressing room.
When England needed 296 off 47 overs on day 4 in Leeds Ben Stokes told the dressing-room: "Let's get these tonight." No doubt that was the message with the equation 378 needed and 59 overs left today
— Chris Stocks (@StocksC_cricket) July 4, 2022
OVER 5: ENG 26/0 (Lees 18* Crawley 7*) target 378
Not quite happening for Bumrah yet. Bowling both sides of the wicket. Quick but seems to be reactive rather than in control of his instrument. Last ball of the over is a no ball, but not spotted until the TV umpire intervenes. So we have to reset and Bumrah delivers the ball: it's on the Crawley pads, he tucks it away, and that's a nice boundary.
OVER 4: ENG 19/0 (Lees 17* Crawley 2*) target 378
Shami bowls to Crawley, and there's a single.
OVER 3: ENG 18/0 (Lees 17* Crawley 1*) target 378
Bumrah seems to be straining for the magic ball, either going for the yorker or the bouncer, not quite landing either and forgetting the principles of line and length. Lees is enjoying himself. He clips the ball off the pads for four. Drives for two. Drives for another two. Now has a big flamboyant drive at thin air.
OVER 2: ENG 9/0 (Lees 9* Crawley 0*) target 378
Lees apparently going for the whole quick game's a good game thing. Smeary inside edge for two, then down the pitch to hack Shami for four to midwicket. Leaves the next one and is nearly bowled. Two more through the covers. Beaten outside off.
OVER 1: ENG 1/0 (Lees 1* Crawley 0*) target 378
Bumrah begins. Lees dabs the first ball of the innings away for one, and that brings Zak Crawley on strike. Some swing is immediately on offer. Wide of off stump, inviting Crawley to have a go. He demurs.
Thank you Mr Bagchi, excellent spell there that has moved the game forward.
Here come the England openers, to begin England's pursuit of 378, which would have been absolutely unthinkanle in the old money but, if YJB can get going again, who knows?
IND 245 all out - setting ENG 378
England need 378 to win and have four sessions plus the best part of 80 minutes or 149 overs in total to get there/ survive/ be bowled out.
Ben Stokes finishes with 12-0-33-4, which are his best bowling figures since taking six for 22 against West Indies at Headingley five years ago.
Alan Tyers will be back for the start of England's chase. As Tommy Trinder (ask you parents/grandparents) would say: 'You lucky people!'
Bumrah c Crawley b Stokes 7 Bumrah winds up to pull and is gulled by Stokes' slower ball. Through the shot too quickly, he is hit on the right hip. The next ball is short, too, but at full pace and he shovels it for six. Going for the encore he top edges it down Crawley's throat at deep backward square. FOW 245 all out
OVER 81: IND 239/9 (Bumrah 1* Siraj 2*)
Siraj comes skipping down, his front foot pointing towards mid on, his back foot towards cover point. I'd need a truss if I did that. The ball strikes him above the shin but he was too far down the pitch to be given out. England could have reviewed but didn't. Had they hazarded one they would have kept it because it would have been umpire's call. Siraj comes down again and cloths a single through mid on. Bumrah works one off his toes.
OVER 80: IND 237/9 (Bumrah 0* Siraj 1*)
There was a single on offer to fine leg from the first ball but Jadeja decided to protect his captain and then fell next ball. Good deeds have their reward in heaven not here. Siraj limbos away from a throat ball, tries a ramp but misses, plays and misses then pinches the strike. Bold.
Jadeja b Stokes 23 Jagged back into him and ultimately was too close to cut. Cramped by angle and bounce Jadeja can only chop it on to off stump. FOW 236/9 India lead by 368.
OVER 79: IND 236/8 (Jadeja 23* Bumrah 0*)
Jadeja takes a single off the fourth ball of the over again after turning down earlier opportunities to stroll down the other end. Bumrah blocks out the last two balls with an angled bat.
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) July 4, 2022
OVER 78: IND 235/8 (Jadeja 22* Bumrah 0*)
Jadeja decides to keep Bumrah away from Stokes after his captain was clocked a couple of overs ago and turns down singles until he tucks one off the fourth ball. Bumrah gets his nose and body in line to defend both on the back foot. India's captain does not lack courage with the bat.
OVER 77: IND 234/8 (Jadeja 21* Bumrah 0*)
England bungle a review by not sending it upstairs when Leach pins Bumrah. Stokes asks whether it straightened and no one says it did. He has two reviews to gamble with but decides against. How wrong they were.
OVER 76: IND 233/8 (Jadeja 20* Bumrah 0*)
Stokes keeps pounding away halfway down the track, starting with a wide that was unreachable even with Jadeja's long handle. The left-hander steers a single down through point and Bumrah flinches beneath two bumpers. Bumrah is not taking it on as he did in the first innings but he is playing with Jadeja today. He was out with Shami and Siraj when he went ballistic on Saturday.
OVER 75: IND 231/8 (Jadeja 19* Bumrah 0*)
Leach resumes over the wicket to Jadeja with a short leg in place. No surprising bounce or turn out of the rough for Leach so far and anyway his line isn't great, allowing Jadeja to paddle a sweep for a single.
No short leg for the right-handed Bumrah and he would have had one interested had there been one when he props forward and squeezes an inside edge into his pad. Wouldn't have carried but it's worth putting one in.
OVER 74: IND 230/8 (Jadeja 18* Bumrah 0*)
Ben Stokes has the ball in his hands and a field set for some perfume balls with deep fine leg, backward square and midwicket. And Stokes duly begins by banging it in to Ravindra Jadeja who slaps a cut for a single. Shami can't cut so has to pull and it proves his downfall.
Stokes clanks Bumrah on the grille via the thumb and shoulder to end the over. Captain v captain and no quarter sought or given.
Shami c Lees b Stokes 13 Tried to help it round the corner and roll his wrists on it but it was wider, he had to fetch it and it took the tope edge. Lees, about 25 yards in from the fence, took a goober at backward square. FOW 230/8
England will resume
then, needing to take these remaining wickets without further damage. The Indian tail has proven to be dangerous. I personally think 361 is already more than enough but if India can add another 50, you really cannot fancy the hosts. Anyway, here is Rob Bagchi for a spell.
Lunch: India 229/7 off 73 overs lead by 361
The not out men are Sir Jadeja on 17* and Mohammed Shami on 13*.
Four wickets fell in the session for 104 runs. The over rate was a somewhat more respectable 14 (ie 28 overs bowled) and the run rate a brisk but hardly indecent 3.71.
India are in an excellent position in the game but had a mediocre morning, I would say. All four of those wickets were self-inflicted wounds. Had they just got their heads down they could have taken an England victory totally off the table. With five sessions left, we should see a winner one way or the other.
England are 3/1 on Betfair, which seems desperately short priced to me. Bazball or no Bazball, it's a wearing pitch against a classy attack with a skilled spinner. We've seen some uneven bounce for the quick and turn for Leach.
OVER 73: IND 229/7 (Jadeja 17* Shami 13*)
Leach to bowl the last over before lunch. Three runs come off it.
OVER 72: IND 226/7 (Jadeja 15* Shami 12*)
Jadeja takes on Bairstow's arm in the deep, good hard flat throw and that might well have been out had it hit. Ravi was hungry for the second. England looking to bang everything in at Shami. Potts the man plugging away.
OVER 71: IND 218/7 (Jadeja 12* Shami 8*)
Quality shot from Shami as he cuts Leach away for four there.
OVER 70: IND 212/7 (Jadeja 11* Shami 3*)
Mohammed Shami comes in.
Jadeja tries to work it away, gets the leading edge and it flies fast and high to Anderson at cover. Hard chance, comes at him quick, he manages to parry it up but cannot get the rebound. Mark that up as a drop
WICKET! Thakur c Crawley b Potts 4
Brainless cricket (one can hear a certain Yorkshireman thundering somewhere...) from India as England put three men out for the hook. Potts digs it in, Thakur takes it on, and whacks it straight down the throat of Crawley at deep backward square. FOW 207/7
OVER 69: IND 207/6 (Jadeja 9* Thakur 4*)
Maybe Thakur feels he needs to get on top of Leach, given that he's not having a great deal of fun against Potts. Comes down the track and tries to belt him but cannot get it right.
OVER 68: IND 205/6 (Jadeja 8* Thakur 3*)
Potts digging the ball in at Thakur. First ball, short, aimed into the body but fended off. Now he ducks one. Next one, short, hits his wrist and rebounds into the grille. Now a short one that Thakur ducks into! Smashed into the grille of the helmet . Oof, that will have shaken him. Potts checks he is okay. The other England guys also run up. He's got the physio on, and they will do a concussion test. Lucky for him that he had the grille or he'd be in hospital.
There's a delay but he is okay to carry on. Short leg comes in. Short ball again. Thakur, fair play to him, takes that on with a pull. Connects, but Anderson fields. Last ball of the over is short as well but Thakur keeps his nerve and bunts that off the back foot for two. Well played lad.
OVER 67: IND 203/6 (Jadeja 8* Thakur 1*)
There is a single to each man off the Leach over. England have got a torniquet on the scoring since the most recent wicket.
OVER 66: IND 201/6 (Jadeja 7* Thakur 0*)
Potts testing out Thakur's judgement, rather than his ticker per se, with some short pitched bowling. The lower-middle order mad resists the temptation to have a flap.
OVER 65: IND 200/6 (Jadeja 6* Thakur 0*)
Serious turn for Leach here, back into Jadeja and hits him on the thigh pad. Ravi won't mind seeing that etc etc.
OVER 64: IND 199/6 (Jadeja 5* Thakur 0*)
Single to Ravi J, and now some short stuff for Thakur from Potts. Plays that well enough.
OVER 63: IND 198/6 (Jadeja 4* Thakur 0*)
Shardul Thakur comes in at eight and defends his first four balls. A wicket-maiden for Leach.
WICKET! Pant c Root b Leach 57
Brilliant reactions from Joe Root. Pant tries the reverse sweep, and he's contrived to offer a chance to slip. Really good catch from Root to his left. FOW 198/6
It has been a poor morning from India. By giving England these three wickets, they have brought the possibility of an England victory back into play. All India really had to do this morning was bat properly and they could have batted England out of the game. If England can knock the tail over here, they could yet do something very special: you feel that they are still in the stage of their development where they need to see a possible win. Not sure you can Bazball a draw.
OVER 62: IND 198/5 (Pant 57* Jadeja 4*)
Potts with a maiden to Jadeja, who leaves with some good judgement.
OVER 61: IND 198/5 (Pant 57* Jadeja 4*)
Jack Leach comes on. His first ball is well wide of off but Pant comes a long way across to fetch it and sweep. Outrageous shot!
OVER 60: IND 194/5 (Pant 53* Jadeja 4*)
There were two boundaries in the over: First, four byes when the ball swung after passing the batsman and defeated Billings. Then an edge off Ravi Jadeja, the new batsman.
Drinks: India 190/5 off 59.2 overs
So despite not really looking in any trouble, India have managed to lose two in that first hour.
India are on their final warning from the umpires for running down the pitch. Do it again, and it's a five run penalty. The ultra cynical view might be that five runs seems well worth it if you're looking to spin a side out in the fourth innings...
WICKET! Iyer c Anderson b Potts 19
That is England's second wicket of the morning, and like the one before it, a bit of a gift. Three men out for the hook, Potts digs it in, Iyer has a flap at it and dishes the ball up for Anderson at midwicket. FOW 190/5
OVER 59: IND 186/4 (Pant 53* Iyer 19*)
Broad getting a bit eggy. Already cross with Pant for that, as he would see it, disrespectful reverse-ramp, he's now got the hump after some sluggish outfield cricket allows the aforementioned Pant to turn one into two on the offside. Stuart's mood does not improve shortly afterwards, when he strays onto the Pant pads (not the Pad pants) and gets turned away for four. That gives Rishabh Pant his half century.
OVER 58: IND 178/4 (Pant 46* Iyer 18*)
Potts. Shreyas Iyer, who averages 50 in first class cricket, and has just brought up 5,000 fc runs, adds eight more to that tally with a pair of attractive fours through the covers. The lead is north of 300.
OVER 57: IND 170/4 (Pant 46* Iyer 10*)
Broad doing some good work against the left-hander Pant. Around the wicket, angling in, and seeking that wobble seam one that just holds its line. And there it is! Edged! A hard, very hard, low chance for Crawley at second slip, but he cannot cling on.
Last ball of the over, Pant tries a reverse ramp shot and misses it. Broad didn't think much to that, and goes to tell him so. Aleem Dar steps in. It wasn't even handbags, though. Clutch purse at best.
OVER 56: IND 168/4 (Pant 45* Iyer 9*)
Matt Potts replaced Jimmy, who wasn't quite at his brilliant best. Potts gets a ball to jag back sharply and climb, hitting Iyer in the midriff.
OVER 55: IND 167/4 (Pant 44* Iyer 9*)
Good stats from CricViz replayed by Nasser on Sky: Iyer averages just 6 against the short ball in his (admittedly brief) Test career so far. England, accordingly, banging it in and fair enough.
But not if it's short and also wayward. Broad with another short, wide ball outside off and, unlike Pant, Iyer does not cut his own throat. Thumps that over gully for four.
OVER 54: IND 159/4 (Pant 43* Iyer 2*)
Anderson with some short stuff to Shreyas Iyer, whom England have identified as a candidate I suppose. Tries it to Pant as well now and soon regrets it, Anderson smoked through midwicket by the combative Indian keeper-bat.
OVER 53: IND 154/4 (Pant 39* Iyer 1*)
Pujara looked furious as he went off. Not surprised. He seemed to be in lovely touch this morning and then a nothing shot, really, neither keeping it down not up and over, to a mediocre ball. Broad brings the x-factor yet again.
Shreyas Iyer comes in and is greeted with a short-ish ball from SB.
WICKET! Pujara c Lees b Broad 66
The change of bowling does the trick. It's probably not the best ball that Broad has bowled: it is a bit short and it is wide. It is very much not the best shot Pujara has played though! He's rocked back and half-slapped, half-guided it into the hands of backward point. He'll be kicking himself I would imagine. Safe hands from Lees does the business third ball of Broad's over. FOW 152/3
OVER 52: IND 152/3 (Pujara 66* Pant 38*)
Anderson and Pujara resume battle. He's trying to draw CP across, I fancy, with the line about fifth stump. Pujara watchful, ascetic. Off the last ball of the over, the Indian batsman guides the ball past the cordon for four, soft hands, in control of the stroke.
OVER 51: IND 148/3 (Pujara 62* Pant 38*)
If Root is hoping to tempt Pant into a rash shot it's not working yet. Two off the over.
OVER 50: IND 146/3 (Pujara 61* Pant 37*)
After this Jimmy Anderson over, the batters take drinks. Well, they have been out there in the sweltering Birmingham heat for fully 20 minutes, and with the mercury touching 16 degrees celsius, it's not surprising that they are taking some fluids on board.
Just one off the over. The Indian pair untroubled so far.
OVER 49: IND 145/3 (Pujara 61* Pant 36*)
Root continues, offering too much width to Pant here. Pant with an attractive cut for four. Loopy, almost moon ball stuff from Joe. Pant with a single.
Root with a full toss, and Pujara is annoyed with himself for missing out. He slaps it back at the bowler and the ball hits the stumps at the non-striker's end. A let-off for Joe.
OVER 48: IND 140/3 (Pujara 61* Pant 31*)
Gorgeous back foot shot from Pujara. Anderson offers width, Cheteshwar rocks back to give himself a little room, waits for the ball, and places it with a surgeon's precision. Perhaps over-correcting, Jimmy now goes too straight and too full, and Pujara tucks that away through the legside for four. He looks like he's woken up feeling very good about life. Not so Jimmy, who had to pull out of a delivery stride because a spidercam distracted him.
Furthermore, here's Jimmy with a no ball - that is a rare sight.
OVER 47: IND 131/3 (Pujara 53* Pant 31*)
An interesting captaincy call for Stokes, who throws the ball to Joe Root. The thinking there, I imagine, is to get Root's more-than-decent off-breaks turning away from the left-hander Pant. He was really trying to tempt him yesterday with some slow, wide stuff outside off.
But first, he must bowl to Pujara.
The first ball scuttles through a bit and beats not just Pujara but Billings as well. Couple of byes through the keeper's legs. Nutmegged. Trio of singles. No alarms for the batsmen in this over.
OVER 46: IND 126/3 (Pujara 51* Pant 30*)
It's Jimmy Anderson. Sunny day there. Pujara tucks the third ball of the day off his legs for a single. 19,000 tickets have been sold for today, Mark Butcher says on the Sky TV coverage. Should be an enjoyable day, I think.
And now a big hand for the Indian pair
Pujara and Pant, chalk and cheese, but both extremely formidable opponents in their own way.
Ben Stokes leading England out
he is eating a banana.
India scored 416 off 84.5 overs in their first innings, that's a rate of 4.9. The English replied at 4.6 runs an over, posting 284 in 61.3 overs. The third innings has been more traditional, but this is like a different sport these days.
Overnight: India resume on 125/3 (Pujara 50* Pant 30*) 45 ov
We've lost a lot of time in this game due to rain and due to an astonishing amount of mucking about changing the balls, getting people to sit down in the crowd and so on. But even still, both sides scored so quickly in their first innings, we should see a result.
Day four at Edgbaston
Good morning, and welcome to day four of our live blog of the fifth Test match. India resume on 125/3 and with the mighty Cheteshwar Pujara undefeated on 50*, they will be confident of amassing a formidable, and from their point of view, hopefully insurmountable total. With six sessions left in the match, and their lead already 257, they have plenty of time to do it. If they want to go the other way, then the dangerous Rishabh Pant, on 30* overnight, is the sort of guy who scores quickly enough to put India out of sight in an hour and half. So there’s lots of potential paths to victory for the tourists.
For England, they will obviously be confident of chasing down anything, given their recent brilliant form in chases, but this might be a different proposition. Ravi Jadeja’s spin will come into play, and the seamers led by skipper Jasprit Bumrah will have noted with approval some uneven bounce on day three.
Here's Jonny Bairstow.
"Whatever they set, they set and we'll go about in the same manner. Why not?"
"There's no point in looking at figures and everything like that. We know it's going to be on day four, day five pitches that we're going to play on but that's okay. Recently, it's been a lot of fun.
"It's fantastic playing in front of these full houses, playing for the fans and inspiring the next gene
Meanwhile, Mohammed Siraj praised Pujara for his efforts in the evening session, with the stalwart building his side's position with admirable self-restraint.
"He is a warrior. When the team needs it, he just has this attitude," said Siraj.
"When it is a tough situation he wants to stand up and deliver."