England need 399 runs to win the second Test match in Visakhapatnam and take a 2-0 lead. Team India were bowled out for 255 just after with an overall lead of 398 runs.
it was baffling tactics from the Indian side as they lost four wickets in the post-tea session. KS Bharat and Kuldeep Yadav played bad shots to gift their wickets away easily.
Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal began the day at 28 for no loss. The Indian skipper was batting on 13 while Jaiswal was on fifteen after his mammoth 209 in the first dig. Tom Hartley was the pick of the bowlers with 4/77 while Rehan Ahmed picked 3/88.
India fold for a low score despite Gill’s century –
James Anderson began the day well for his side as he got the big wicket of Rohit Sharma for 13. Just one over later, Yashasvi Jaiswal flashed at a ball that nestled straight into Joe Root’s hands. Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill then added 81 crucial runs for the third wicket.
With the match going India’s way, Iyer suffered a rush of blood and was out for 29. Ben Stokes took a fine catch as Rajat Patidar soon followed suit for nine. Axar Patel and Shubman Gill made sure there were no more damages for India going into lunch.
24-year-old Gill began to attack the England bowlers just after lunch and went closer to a century. The landmark was achieved when the right-handed batter took a single and didn’t celebrate much.
Shoaib Bashir then removed Gill when the Indian batter went for a reverse sweep and the ball hit his gloves. Tom Hartley got Axar Patel for 45 when the ball kept low and the batter was out LBW.
Srikar Bharat continued his woeful batting form when he was out for just 6 runs. Rehan Ahmed’s short ball was pulled straight into the waiting hands of Ben Stokes. Kuldeep Yadav went for a mighty slog as Ben Duckett took the catch.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah added 26 runs for the 9th wicket before the innings ended. Bumrah was caught in the slips by Jonny Bairstow while Ashwin was caught behind by Foakes for 29.
Here’s how the fans reacted –
It’s so funny people are even talking about us chasing 400 in India 🤣🤣#INDvENG— Matt (@mattpage2000) February 4, 2024
KP is so blind by Bazball now he thinks conventional way of playing test cricket is wastege of time. #INDvENG— Vish (@vish_990) February 4, 2024
400 runs, 180 overs. Nothing major needed. Bazball gonna hit new heights #INDvENG— Bhavin Shah (@bhav2506) February 4, 2024
399 reasons to tune in for the next days. Won't these guys get whitewashed in their own backyard? 😂 #INDvENG— 𝑨𝒊𝒎𝒍𝒆𝒔𝒔 ♛♕ (@ethauline) February 4, 2024
399 to win. Surely not. No, I’m certain. #INDvENG 🏏— Phil M (@Phil4239) February 4, 2024