IND vs ENG, 4th Test: Rohit Sharma, Yashasvi Jaiswal Set Fire to Run-Chase After Ashwin’s Heroics

Ranchi: India skipper Rohit Sharma displayed aggressive intent with the bat and astute leadership during India’s bowling, putting the hosts in a commanding position on Day 3 of the fourth Test against England at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi.

After a phenomenal bowling performance by the Indian spinners, Sharma led from the front with the bat, remaining unbeaten on 24 runs off just 27 deliveries. He struck four boundaries to help India reach a comfortable 40/0 at stumps, needing just 152 runs for victory with all wickets intact.

Earlier in the day, Sharma’s decision to start with the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja with the new ball proved to be a masterstroke. Ashwin ran riot, dismissing Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope and Joe Root within the first 20 overs, triggering an England batting collapse. Kuldeep Yadav joined the party later, cleaning up the tail, as England were bundled out for a paltry 145 runs.

Dhruv Jurel’s valiant 90-run knock on Day 2 played a pivotal role in India’s fightback. Jurel’s gritty innings helped the hosts post a respectable total of 307 runs, keeping them in contention after they were reduced to 177/7.

With a strong bowling performance and a solid start in the second innings, India are firmly in control of the match. They will look to seal the series win on Day 4, requiring just 152 runs with all wickets remaining.

Brief Scores: England (1st innings): 353/10 (Joe Root 122*; Ravindra Jadeja 4/67), India (1st innings): 307/10 (Dhruv Jurel 90; Shoaib Bashir 5/119)

England (2nd innings): 145/10 (Zak Crawley 60; R Ashwin 5/51, Kuldeep Yadav 4/22), India (2nd innings): 40/0 (Rohit Sharma 24*, Yashasvi Jaiswal 16*) need 152 runs to win.

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