New Delhi. Team India has maintained its position strong in the 5th Test. After taking a lead of 132 runs in the first innings, the team made 125 runs for 3 wickets in the second innings at the end of the third day’s play. In this way his lead has become 257 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara is unbeaten on 50. In such a situation, today i.e. the fourth day is going to be the most important for the Indian team. The team would like to extend their lead to at least 400 runs and would aim to bat in at least two sessions. England’s batsmen have achieved a spectacular victory in the last two matches while chasing the target against New Zealand. Team India is ahead 2-1 in the series. In such a situation, they only need a draw to win the series. Because of this also the team would not want to take the risk.
England defeated New Zealand by 7 wickets in the third test played in Leeds. Kiwi team had given him a target of 296 runs. He achieved it in 54.2 overs. The team’s run rate was 5.44, which is very good in terms of Test cricket. Jonny Bairstow remained unbeaten on 71 off 44 balls. The strike rate was 161. On the other hand, Joe Root scored an unbeaten 86 and Ollie Pope scored 82 runs.
Team’s run rate of 6 in the fourth innings
Earlier, in the second Test played in Nottingham, the English team won by 5 wickets. The team had achieved the target of 299 runs set by New Zealand in just 50 overs. That is, runs were scored in every over with a run rate of about 6. This is a record. Jonny Bairstow batted aggressively here as well. He scored 136 runs in 92 balls. The strike rate was 148. He hit 14 fours and 7 sixes. Apart from this, captain Ben Stokes also scored an unbeaten 75 off 70 balls.
Team India will also be cautious about the last 2 results of the English team. Jonny Bairstow has also scored a brilliant century in the first innings. He was slow in the beginning, but later he batted very aggressively. Although Edgbaston’s record is in favor of Team India. There has never been 300 runs in the fourth innings here.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 04, 2022, 09:10 IST