England falter in mammoth run-chase

06 September 2021 23:23:55 GMTPlus11
Dawid Malan was run out on Monday

India had the better of the morning session on day five of the fourth Test, taking two wickets, as England's pursuit of a massive victory target of 368 slowed.

The hosts reached 131-2 at lunch and they are 1501.00 to complete their fourth-innings run-chase. India are 1.001 and the draw is 51.00 at The Oval.

England's openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed resumed with the score at 77-0 and they took their first-wicket stand to 100 before Surrey left-hander Burns, batting on his home ground, was caught behind off Shardul Thakur.

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India's bowlers have given little away and Hameed was fortunate to survive a simple dropped catch put down by Mohammed Siraj off the bowling of spinner Ravindra Jadeja.

Malan struggled

Number three Dawid Malan struggled to get going before being run out for five off 33 balls, bringing England captain Joe Root to the crease.

With 237 runs still required for victory from a minimum of 63 overs, England's first priority is to avoid defeat as the series is level at 1-1. Rain denied India a decent chance of a win in the first Test at Trent Bridge but Virat Kohli's men won the second Test at Lord's before England hit back with an innings victory at Headingley.

The fifth and final match of the series is set to start at Old Trafford on Friday and England need some heroic batting performances this afternoon if they are to take a 2-1 lead to Manchester.

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