Oval Test: Chasing 368 to win, England end day 4 at 77-0

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Chasing a target of 368 to win the fourth Test at the London’s Oval cricket ground, England ended the day 4 at 77-0 with Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed batting at 31 and 43 respectively.

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This was after India were all out for 466 in their second innings. The star batsman for India was Rohit Sharma, who scored his first Test century outside India. Cheteshwar Pujara made 61, while skipper Virat Kohli chipped in with 44 runs.

Both Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara will not take the field in this match. A statement by the BCCI said that Sharma had discomfort in his left knee while Pujara was suffering from pain in his left ankle.

India’s performance in the second innings assumed significance given that they were bowled out for 191 in their first innings. England were all out for 290, taking a lead of 99 runs in the first innings. However, Indian batsmen surprised everyone with their measured batting with many of them rising to the occasion.

England bowler Chris Woakes felt that England were capable of chasing 368, an England record. The BBC quoted him as saying, “This team has done some special things over the past few years in all different formats.

Woakes added, “You can draw on those experiences, what we have done in the past and what we are capable of as a team.”

Woakes was referring to England’s record run chase of 359 against Australia in 2019 when Ben Stokes batted valiantly to score 135. England had pulled off a thrilling one-wicket win against Australia at the Headingley cricket ground.

Woakes himself had contributed immensely last year when England beat Pakistan by successfully chasing a 277-run target at Old Trafford in Manchester. His knock of 84 had helped England bounce back from 117-5 to pull off a thrilling win against Pakistan.

The English pacer said that this English side had ‘certainly got the belief’ that they can win.