India vs England: England set India 420-run target; key takeaways

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India vs England: England set India 420-run target; key takeaways
India vs England: England set India 420-run target; key takeaways

08 Feb 2021: India vs England: England set India 420-run target; key takeaways

England are in complete control of the first Test as they gave India a target of 420 runs.

Notwithstanding, India staged a fightback in the second innings as off-spinner Ravichandran scalped a six-wicket haul.

The visitors were bundled out for 178 in the second innings.

India ended the day at 39/1.

With a day to go, India are likely to go for a draw.

Day 4: How did Day 4 pan out?

Earlier in the day, India were bowled out for 337, courtesy of Washington Sundar's 85*.

Eventually, the England innings folded on 178, with Ashwin tearing through the batting line-up.

Chasing a mammoth 420, the hosts made an ideal start as Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill played freely.

However, Rohit soon fell to off-spinner Jack Leach. As a result, India finished on 39/1 at stumps.

Record: Root scripts another record

English captain Joe Root has been on a spree of breaking records in 2021. With a swift knock of 40, he now has sixth-highest runs after 100 Tests.

The list is led by Brian Lara (8,916). Following him are Kumar Sangakkara (8,651), Younis Khan (8,640), Rahul Dravid (8,553), Matthew Hayden (8,508).

Notably, Root had earlier scored a double ton in the first innings.

Ashwin: Ashwin picks another five-wicket haul

Ashwin remained the pick of the bowlers as he snapped another five-wicket haul.

Notably, this was his 28th five-wicket haul, fourth against England and third in Chennai.

Among Indian bowlers, he is only behind Anil Kumble, who picked 35 five-wicket hauls in his career.

During the innings, Ashwin also dismissed England all-rounder Ben Stokes a record eighth time in Test cricket.

Fact: Ashwin achieves a unique feat in Test cricket

Ashwin took a wicket on the first ball of England's innings. This has happened in Tests after 113 years. The last time a spinner took a wicket on first ball of an innings was when SA's Bert Vogler dismissed Tom Hayward of England (The Oval).

Ishant Sharma : Ishant Sharma completes 300 Test wickets

Earlier in the day, pace spearhead Ishant Sharma became only the third Indian fast bowler after Kapil Dev and Zaheer Khan to take 300 wickets in Test cricket.

The 32-year-old achieved the milestone in the second session on Day 4.

Overall, Ishant is the sixth Indian cricketer to take 300 wickets in the format.

He dismissed Daniel Lawrence in the innings.

Sundar: Sundar remained unbeaten on 85

All-rounder Sundar and Ashwin led India's recovery on Day 4 after they lost Rishabh Pant yesterday. The duo shared an 80-run stand.

With an unbeaten 85, Sundar has become the eighth Indian to score 50+ in debut innings both at home and away.

He played a crucial knock of 62 in the Brisbane Test against Australia Down Under, his debut innings in Test cricket.

India: Team India can't be written off!

Considering India's recent few matches Down Under, India can't be written off even though the target is in excess of 400 runs.

The Indian batsmen have the propensity to endure all three sessions tomorrow.

Interestingly, Team India has lost nine Tests under Virat Kohli while chasing 150+ in 4th innings.

They have also drawn two such games.