Collingwood bullish despite day three toils

05 September 2021 04:55:51 GMTPlus11
Chris Silverwood and Paul Collingwood have plenty to ponder overnight

Assistant coach Paul Collingwood insists England are still in the fourth Test against India and has urged his side's bowlers to make a fast start on Sunday.

India reached stumps on day three at 270-3, a lead of 171 runs, and they are 1.001 to win the Test to go 2-1 up in the series, while Chris Silverwood's men are 1501.00 to triumph and the draw is available at 51.00.

Sharma shows the way

KL Rahul was the only wicket to fall during the first two sessions on Saturday, the opener edging a James Anderson delivery behind to Jonny Bairstow for 46.

Fellow opener Rohit Sharma was at his imperious best for India as he made his first Test century outside of his home country, while Cheteshwar Pujara produced another gritty display to stick in at the crease.

We've seen throughout this series that momentum can shift rapidly.

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Requiring something special after tea, Ollie Robinson managed to dismiss Rohit for 127 with the very first delivery with the new ball before Pujara fell to the final ball of the over for 61.

Buoyed by that quick-fire double, England went after Virat Kohli (22no) and Ravindra Jadeja (9no) but the duo managed to steer India to stumps after bad light ended play early.

Collingwood not giving up

The tourists will resume day four on 270-3, a lead of 171 runs, and although they appear to be in a strong position, Collingwood feels England are not out of the Test.

He told Sky Sports: "We're still in this game massively, we've seen throughout this series that momentum can shift rapidly and we've put the Indian middle order under a lot of pressure at times so we want to turn up tomorrow morning and take some early wickets."

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