Ravindra Jadeja got two wickets in the first innings of the fourth Test vs England.© AFP
England Test vice-captain Moeen Ali reckoned that left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja will be the biggest threat to his side on the final day of the on-going fourth Test against India. England scored 368 runs to win the fourth Test against India and the hosts have all ten wickets in hand as they head into the final day of an exciting Test match. “Jasprit Bumrah is one of those bowlers who can make anything happen, but Jadeja is the biggest threat on that wicket. India always fights back strongly and we have to be wary of that,” Ali told Sky Sports.
England pacemaker Chris Woakes also believes the Oval field is still good enough to save and thinks his side has a chance to chase 291 runs on the final day.
“We still think it’s a good wicket to chase every score. It would be an incredible effort to push to the limit and hit that score. Our openers have done a great job so far and we’re in a good position position to the last day To get another 291 on a field from day five always sounds like a tough task but we have to keep reminding ourselves that this field is still good to hit and we can do it if we hit well,” Woakes said during a virtual press conference.
“We just have to tick it off slowly and it will be a full house at The Oval so the atmosphere would be great on Day 5. And that’s where you want to be as a player. I watched the first three Tests of this series at home and was desperate to being part of the England side, hopefully we have a chance to win,” he added.
Previously, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur all registered scores of over 50 as India set a target of 368 for England on Day 4 of the ongoing fourth Test at Kennington Oval on Sunday. Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah also made 25 and 24 cameos while India scored 466 in the second innings, extending the lead to 367. For England, Woakes returned with three wickets.
At stumps on day 4 England’s score was 77/0 – still 291 runs needed to win with all ten wickets in hand. For the hosts, Rory Burns (31*) and Haseeb Hameed (43*) are in first place.
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